The McLaren 570S will gain an LT version later this year
The firm currently makes the 675LT
The new car, which is finished and just awaiting an appropriate slot in McLaren’s busy launch schedule, is tipped to have a power output in excess of 600bhp but, as with the 675LT (pictured, below), the focus of efforts has been directed towards weight reduction and aerodynamic optimisation.
Because it belongs to the so-called ‘Sports Series’ of entry-level McLarens, the new car is unlikely to receive quite the same extent of obsessive attention as the 675LT, which added more than £65,000 to the price of the £195,250 650S upon which it is based and included 110 component changes or deletions just to save weight.
But we could still see a car with a price up from the £149,000 charged for the standard 570S to something nearer £200,000, before customers start splurging on lightweight carbonfibre options. Expect lighter wheels, reduced sound deadening, the titanium exhaust already available through McLaren’s MSO department, thinner glass and perhaps a Perspex rear screen.
The new car is also said to be slightly more road-oriented in focus than the track-honed 675LT and therefore a perfectly usable everyday machine that should nevertheless acquit itself with honour on the circuit.
The 675LT offered three times the downforce of the 650S and doubtless McLaren will be looking for substantial gains this time around.
Don’t expect huge changes to acceleration or top speed figures as the former is already traction limited and whatever additional power the car receives is likely to be offset in large by the drag created by that additional downforce. The real performance gain is likely to be best measured in a lap time.
McLaren limited production of the 675LT to just 500 units, but then produced a further 500 Spider versions when all the coupés sold out almost immediately.
There is no news on production numbers for the LT version of the 570S, but it is a fair bet that it too will be produced with both open and closed bodywork.