by Chris Wall
Supercar automaker McLaren is a relative baby in the manufacturing game, but they’re bringing out new models more frequently than some of the old school players are, in fact in 2016 they sold 3286 models, up from the previous year’s 1654. Models like the 570S have made up a lot of these sales; in fact the 10,000th McLaren to be sold was a 570S. The 570 range also includes the convertible 570S Spider model and a 570GT that’s tailored more for comfort. The sportier S model is the new darling of the brand offering up 562 hp from its twin-turbocharged V8.
With these McLaren 570S cars costing what they do, you’d expect an interior filled with the best materials available, and that’s what you get. Things are completely customizable from the color and kind of leather used on the seats to the material used for the carpeting, to cover the dashboard and door cars and the transmission tunnel. In between these leathers and brushed aluminum you find carbon fiber. Under the “everything for a reason” philosophy, the controls are perfectly positioned for rapid driving or for a calm drive while tinkering with the McLaren IRIS infotainment system in the slanting carbon fiber filled center console. There’s space for just two people, and if they’re going on holiday, the luggage will need to be send ahead via helicopter. The instrument cluster is a fully digital piece and can be configured to display information to suit your taste.
The main reason the McLaren 570S was created was to drive fast, very, very fast. As a result, only the best went into the underpinnings and McLaren have focused on driver involvement more than anything else. Steering feedback is precise and responsive even at lower speeds allowing you to predict the car’s movements, thanks to McLaren keeping the system hydraulic and not going electric like most others. The power available is almost too much and for those not used to supercar power it can be very overwhelming, and even though there are some driving aids in place, you need to pay attention because the rear will try passing the front at the slightest provocation. There are different drive modes (Normal, Sport and Track) for the 7-speed transmission; the manual mode is the one for fast driving to keep the engine in the sweet spot. The top speed is up at a fast 204 mph, and the Spider can get there too, a testament to the aerodynamics.
To get the McLaren 570S to 60 mph in as little as 3-seconds and 124 mph in just 9.5-seconds, there’s a twin-turbocharged V8 mounted low in the chassis. The top speed is mightily impressive too at 204 mph, which makes sense as this 3.8-liter engine produces 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Massive carbon ceramic brakes see the 570S able to stop from 62 mph to zero in just 102 feet, and 413 feet to stop from 124 mph. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission features a manual-shifting mode operated on steering-mounted controls as well as pre-programmed modes for different driving scenarios.
The safety in the McLaren 570S includes dual front and side airbags, a rigid carbon fiber chassis and a few basic electronic aids to get the car to behave when you can’t resist temptation. The LCD instrument cluster can be customized too and features different looks for different drive modes too, all standard features. Satellite navigation, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi tethering, voice integration and integrated apps are standard too with an optional rear-view camera system. There is an optional audio upgrade that sees the McLaren fitted with a 14-channel 1280W amplifier, 12-speaker surround sound system by Bowers & Wilkins.
There’s not really many ways to fault a modern supercar, and the McLaren 570S is no different. The supercar features a high-powered, twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission and performance that not many cars can match. Not only can the car can blitz the quarter mile in less than 11-seconds in standard form, it’s one of the best looking cars money can buy today. If the sportier S version is a little too focused, the Spider is a little softer, and the GT is softer still, aimed more at being a tourer with comfort in mind. The rear-wheel driven car is a precision driving tool, it’s the car kids of today will have hanging on their bedroom wall as inspiration to the future.