McLaren introduced the 570S Coupe at the 2015 New York Auto Show . Slotted below the 650S, the 570S gives McLaren access to a new segment and brings the company’s race-derived technologies to a new audience. With the 570S Coupe, McLaren adds the Porsche 911 Turbo to the roster of sports cars it will wage war against, and launches its new Sports Series family, which will expand to include at least five models.
Although it the smallest and least powerful, road-going McLaren yet, the 570S Coupe promises to be as exciting as any sports car coming from working. The coupe shares its DNA with both the 650S and P1, while also using a range of race-bred technologies that already debuted in previous models. In short, the 570S Coupe isn’t a lesser McLaren, but the company’s attempt to make its products available to a wider clientele and at a more affordable price. It’s part of McLaren’s recently announced plans to expand globally, and, by the looks of things, this new strategy is off to a great starts thanks to the 570S Coupe.
It has a new generation of carbon-fibre tub whose sill is 80mm lower than the 650S’s, while the dihedral doors open wider, to ease entry. There’s now a glove-box, there are more storage cubbies, an easy-open bonnet, even door pockets with covers over them – partly for security, partly so your phone doesn’t career to the floor when you upswing the door. Usable super cars, 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 drive-able again.
The 570 is no smaller than the 650S. In fact, it’s a mite longer and taller, so don’t think of this is a ‘baby’ McLaren. It uses, ostensibly, the same kind of architecture. The three key differences between it and the 650S are that most of the body panels are aluminum, not composite, there are no fancy linked hydraulics on the suspension, it’s all conventional anti-roll bars here, and there are no active aerodynamics.
The engine remains the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with a dry sump and flat-plane crank, but 30% of its internals are new. The race is always on to reduce internal friction, thus increasing throttle response on a turbo unit. Our test car also had a sports exhaust, which was quite loud.
Certainly, if you have the wherewithal and you want a sports car that is a sports car rather than a cosy coupe. The 570S is one of the most engaging, accurate and compelling sports cars around.
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