New York: The Almost Affordable McLaren 570S Coupé

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onApril 1st, 2015

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I’ve been supporting McLaren in Formula One for as long as I can remember, cheering on the likes of Senna, Häkkinen, and Montoya in the glory days. Sure they’re dead last in F1 this year, and it’s been painful watching them struggle, but there’s nowhere to go but up at this point for the second oldest Formula One team on the grid. Their new road car division however, has been really hitting the marks with products that caters to Generation X’ers struggling through mid-life crisis with really deep pocket books. And today, with the unveiling of the McLaren 570S Coupé, the price of admission just got a little more affordable.

Targeting the upper sports car customers, McLaren has aggressively set the target in the $180,000 range, making the 570S by far the most attainable McLaren to date. First in the line of the newly minted McLaren Sports Series, the 570S brings race derived technology and unparalleled performance into this sports car segment held by the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi R8, and the now discontinued Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

What does McLaren bring to the table? The 570S features the only car in its class with a Carbon Fiber monocoque, dubbed the MonoCell II in McLaren speak. Derived from the 650S’s MonoCell, it weighs around 170lbs in the 570S, offers exceptional strength and stiffness, and brings the weight of the 570S down to around 2900lbs. The engine, another derivative from the 650S, pumps out 562hp (570PS, hence the name), giving the 570S a blistering 5.2lb/hp power to weight ratio. The combination results in a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds, 0-200km/h blast in 9.5 seconds, and a top speed of 204mph in a mid-engine RWD package under $200k. Isn’t it great having big brother pay all the R&D bills?

With that being said, there really isn’t a whole lot missing from the 650S. The 570S lacks the active suspension setup, but like its bigger brother, the body is sculpted by CAD engineers and wind tunnel tests, resulting in a functional shape with a hint of sexiness. The ass is closer to a P1, which is a bonus, as the 650S rear end still looks like the original MP4-12C from where it was derived. The same dual clutch transmission and Pirelli P Zero Corsa puts the power through the rear wheels.

We can’t wait to get our hands on this bad boy.



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