At a glance
- New price: £144,425 - £144,425
- Less expensive McLaren supercar
- Easier to live with day to day
- Nod to fuel economy
- Looks functional rather than beautiful
Representing its first offering in a new market segment is the McLaren 570S coupe, a sports car which is the initial model from a family the company calls the Sports Series.
Over time other body styles will join Sports Series, which sits below Super Series (the 650S and 675LT ranges) and Ultimate Series (the P1 hypercar) in McLaren’s hierarchy.
Light weight and aerodynamically efficient
There are visual similarities to McLaren’s existing range, especially at the front where the 570S features headlights mimicking the shape of the company’s logo, but overall the newcomer is distinctive.
It’s designed to look athletic and functional, as though the aluminium bodywork is a skin tightly wrapped over the McLaren’s skeleton. Aerodynamics have been at the forefront of the engineers’ minds too, hence the air-deflecting blades at the front and flying buttresses at the rear of the car improving airflow around the 570S coupe’s rear end, among many racing car-derived solutions.
Lightness is a key McLaren 570S attribute, the whole car built around a carbon fibre tub, which has been further modified to make it easier live with on a day-to-day basis than its more expensive stablemates.
Handling should be a key beneficiary of the McLaren’s weight-saving measures, but the company’s gone further by installing fully independent adaptive suspension to the 570S, accessible in ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ driving modes. How effective these are will come to light when we test the car later this year.
Installed immediately behind the seats in the middle of the car, sending drive to the rear wheels via a seven-speed sequential gearbox, is a 3.8-litre twin turbo engine, producing 562bhp – the 570 element of the car’s name refers to the power output in PS.
This is enough to propel the McLaren on to a top speed of 204mph, while peak torque of 600Nm from 5,000rpm ensures the 0-62mph acceleration test is dispatched in just 3.2 seconds.
While economy is rarely a primary concern for buyers of cars in this sector, McLaren has worked hard to deliver palatable figures in spite of the 570S coupe’s inherent speed. Overall fuel consumption is claimed to be 25.5mpg, although CO2 emissions of 258g/km confirm the 570S is placed in VED car tax band M, the most expensive at the time of its launch.
Standard ceramic brakes ensure there’s sufficient stopping power to negate the wealth of performance on tap as required, the enormous discs nestling behind 19-inch alloy wheels up front, 20-inchers at the back, with ultra-low profile Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres smeared around them – they’re racing car-derived too, but are claimed to deliver excellent grip on both road and track.
An everyday supercar?
High-end sports cars are not usually paragons of practicality, but McLaren has gone some way to ensure the 570S coupe is its most useable model to date.
Not only is it easier than its siblings to get in and out of (although it still features butterfly wing – or dihedral – doors), the 570S has comfort-oriented sports seats as standard – racing alternatives are optionally available – in addition to an extra 150 litres of interior storage space.
Leather upholstery and dashboard coverings are also included in the price, as are a digital instrument cluster and a seven-inch touchscreen for the infotainment and climate control functions.
An extensive range of ‘By McLaren’ bespoke options are also available including special exterior and interior colours schemes and a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system with 1,280W of surround sound superiority.
When can you buy one?
McLaren is yet to reveal exactly how much the new 570S coupe will cost but we expect it to be significantly less expensive than the current entry-level 650S.
Sales are due to begin later in 2015 but before then Parkers will drive the new car delivering a thorough verdict in the full new McLaren 570S coupe review.