What is it?
How many exclusive sports cars has your typical car company released since 2011? Not all that many is my bet, but McLaren isn't your typical sports car company. This, the 570S, is its latest.
Not that this is necessarily an entirely positive phenomenon. The reason the 2011 MP4-12C became just the 12C and then, in effect, morphed into the 650S – whose software McLaren offered as a free upgrade to earlier customers – is because it wanted to right wrongs in the earlier cars.
This is a young company that is growing up fast and in public, which is never easy, looking over at its former self and thinking “good grief, did I really used to wear that shirt?” while trying to develop the world’s fastest hypercar.
And while developing a third tier – an entry-level one – to what is now, in effect, a complete range. The 650S and 675 LT – more on which in a moment – are from McLaren’s Super Series. The P1, whose production run is nearly done, remains the Ultimate Series. And this, the 570S, is the first model from the Sports Series.
Curious that McLaren doesn’t use the word supercar to describe the 570S. It’s merely a sports car, it says, of a carbonfibre-tubbed, mid-engined design with 562bhp, which can reach 60mph in 3.1sec and 100mph in 6.3sec and cover the standing quarter mile in 10.9sec. Quite. Nothing supercary about that at all. Except, you know, everything.
Still, it gives you an idea of where McLaren is pitching the 570 – and the 540C that’ll follow it. The 570S’s entry price is £143,250 and, although adding £40,000 to that is as easy as idly ticking a few boxes with ‘extended carbonfibre’ written in them, it does sit the 570S below the obvious ‘supercar’ opposition and instead in an area that is relatively sparsely populated: Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo, Aston Martin Vantage S, that sort of thing.
Usable supercars, in other words, which is one of the major purposes of the 570S. McLaren owners already drive their cars more frequently than Ferrari or Lamborghini owners, and the 570S is more driveable again.