Revealed: McLaren 570S Sport Series

By: Steve Smith

We’ve seen the spy pics and the teaser close-ups, but here finally is the new McLaren 570S in all its glory.

The official pics and more details of this entry-level McLaren’s spec have been released ahead of the car’s public unveiling today at the New Your Auto Show.

Touted as McLaren’s rival to the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Audi’s R8 V10 Plus, this is the first of the Woking-based company’s so-called Sport Series. It fits below the Super Series and Ultimate Series as the entry-level tier in a new three-rung model strategy.

Codenamed the P13 while under development, the rear-wheel drive, mid-engined 570S features the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 used by its bigger brothers, but says McLaren, it has 30% new components and develops 419 kW at 7 400 r/min and 600 Nm at 5 000–6 500 r/min via the familiar seven-speed SSG.

McLaren quote a top speed of 328 km/h, a 0-100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds, and a 0-200 km/h time of 9.5 seconds. Significantly, the 570S is very light, weighing in at a claimed 1 313 kg, making it some 150 kg lighter than the Audi R8 V10 Plus. This is thanks to a tweaked version of McLaren’s carbonfibre MonoCell II chassis used in the 650S. Weight is distributed 42:58 front/rear.

Instead of the its bigger 650S sibling’s sophisticated interlinked suspension, the 570S gets a more conventional double wishbone design paired with adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars. Like the 650S though, you can still switch between Normal, Sport and Track modes. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres (225/35/R19 front & 285/35/R20 rear), as well as carbon ceramic brakes are standard.

Inside there’s a new TFT digital instrument cluster and a 7” IRIS touchscreen system that integrates all climate controls, plus Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and SIRIUS satellite radio. Alcantara and Nappa leather upholsteries, as well as a carbon fibre trim, are options.

The 570S will be available in SA from Q1 2016 and is likely to be priced around the R3-million mark (the Porsche 911 Turbo S sells  for R2 890 000 here). As a comparison, the 570S will cost around £140 000 in the UK. and in that market, the Porsche 911 Turbo S starts at £142 120 and the Audi R8 V10 Plus at £137 500.



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