McLaren’s “budget” supercar unveiledPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 01 April 2015
McLAREN unveiled its smaller, more affordable Sports Series model – officially known as the 570S – in New York on Tuesday, ahead of this week’s 2015 New York motor show.
The 570S sits underneath the Super Series 650S and 675LT and the Ultimate Series P1 to complete the brand’s three-tiered model structure.
It has been designed to go head-to-head with the likes of the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 as an ‘everyday’ supercar.
The centrepiece of the car is the brand’s “Monocell” carbon fibre monocoque taken from its upper range but redesigned to make entering and exiting the 570s easier.
The engine is a version of the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol unit already found in the 650S and P1, though McLaren claims 30 percent of the engine components are new in the 570S.
In this latest form the V8 produces 561hp and 600Nm of torque.
The lighweight car, McLaren claims it weighs just 1313kg, can complete the 0-100kmh sprint in just 3.2 seconds.
While it may be McLaren’s “entry-level” model the company hasn’t skimped on performance features with carbon fibre brakes fitted as standard to provide maximum stopping performance.
New alloy wheels that measure 19-inch up front and 20-inch at the rear – both wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber are fitted.
Bodywork has got serious aerodynamic attention with a “shrinkwrapped” body that include aero blades under the front bumper to channel air through the bodywork and “floating door tendons” that channel the air into the side intakes and across the rear bodywork.
The suspension has been specifically designed for the Sport Series with different adaptive dampers but replaces the 650S’ hydraulically-linked suspension system with a conventional set of anti-rollbars.
Inside McLaren has given the 570S a more luxurious feel than its bigger brothers as a nod to the practical needs of its customers who want to drive the 570S on a regular basis.
The seats, dashboard and steering wheel are all finished in leather and the interior features an all-new TFT digital instrument cluster and a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen.
Climate control airconditioning, Bluetooth and DAB digital radio are all standard. The stereo is only a four-speaker system, to save weight, but customers can option either an eight-speaker McLaren or 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system.
The 570S coupe is expected to be joined by further variants including an open-roof Spyder.