Quite possibly one of the most important sports cars you will see in a while, we can finally see the McLaren 570S ahead of the New York Motor Show. From McLaren we have only really seen supercars such as the 650S and of course the hybrid hyper car P1. Now though, the Woking company are finally entering the fiercely competitive sports car sector, where they will face the likes of the Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes AMG GT.
On the face of it, it looks like the 570S will give its competitors a run for their money. It is built around the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine with a seven speed dual clutch gearbox, a set up we have become used to from McLaren. It also won’t come as any surprise that the 570S produces 570 metric horsepower, or 562 standard bhp. All of this does mean supercar standards in terms of performance. 0-62 mph is dealt with in a mere 3.2 seconds, 124mph in 9.5 and on to a top speed of 204 mph. So McLaren have just entered this market and are already right at the top. These figures become impressive all over again when you consider its high fuel economy means the 570S is exempt from the gas guzzler tax, or so McLaren are claiming.
The redesigned chassis alongside other engineering tweaks mean the 570S is very light, weighing in at just over 1,300kg which, McLaren say, is 158kg lighter than their closest competitor. This adds up to a power-to-weight ratio of 434 metric horsepower per ton. The suspension has also been completely worked over – gone are the horizontal front dampers, which have been replaced with fixed anti-roll bars with adaptive dampers. This new suspension will work with Pirelli tyres on staggered alloys, 19 inches at the front and 20 at the back as well as carbon ceramic brakes.
On the inside, the driver and passenger will be greeted with a 7-inch touchscreen, digital instruments and audio systems with either four, eight or twelve speakers. There will also be a host of customisable options available. We will see and learn more about the 570S when we can get up close in New York. There will also be different models available in the future. But for now, I’m sure this gives McLaren’s German rivals plenty to think about.