This is the new 570S, and unless I had pointed out to you that this is in fact new, I am sure many of you would have assumed it to be the 650S.
The design, as you can probably tell, borrows heavily from the P1 and 650S, especially in the front, where the only notable differences are slightly larger headlights, and a new front spoiler. The rear is an all new design, taking inspiration from the P1. It looks quite cute, if a little dull.
The internals are very much the same story as the rest of the McLaren range. Mid-engine layout, 3.8 litre V8, this time de-tuned to produce 562 bhp, and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It will hit 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, and go in to reach a top speed of 204 mph. Interestingly, the 570S is fairly light, tipping the scales at 1313 kg, which is about 150 kg lighter than one of its key rivals, the Audi R8 V10 Plus. This low weight is in part thanks to their MonoCell II chassis, which has been tweaked slightly for the 570S.
Inside, the cabin is noticeably different to McLaren’s other cars. Its more usable, more luxurious than the 650S and is intended to give greater emphasis on interior comfort. There is more cabin storage than the rest of the McLaren line-up, leather upholstery, and even a 144 litre luggage boot, which is apparently best-in-class.
Overall not an immensely exciting vehicle. The 570S is mainly designed to fit within a gap of the market, rather than showing off its technical prowess. At about £130,000, its clearly aimed to be the “baby” McLaren, intending to poach customers from Audi and Porsche. I am sure it will sell well and be a great source of income for McLaren. Personally, I couldn’t live with knowing that the engine I have got has been detuned just to fit within a segment of the market. It feels like marketing, rather than engineering. I would have preferred a smaller capacity engine or a different engine entirely to the twin-turbo V8.
The 570S will be available in showrooms over the coming months, with a starting price of about £130,000.