New York Motor Show 2015: McLaren 570S {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

29 Apr 2015

If it seems like the NY Motor Show has come around too soon it’s probably because it has. Geneva has only just finished and the big automakers are already releasing some big hitters in the big apple. And in our world none come bigger than the stunning new McLaren 570S, the first of the new McLaren Sports Series models. They will sit within the new three-tier strategy within McLaren that goes Super Series (570S, Spider and Long Tail), Sports Series (650S, Spider and 675LT) and Ultimate Series (P1).

If aiming the 12C at the Ferrari 458 was a brave move then some might say McLaren has lost their mind when they announced they were going to attack the Porsche 911 Turbo S head on, but attack it they have and those in Stuttgart must be getting worried with the 570S and new Audi R8 V10 Plus all vying for the same spot at the table. Although the basics of the 570S will certainly seem familiar – styling, engine, chassis – this marks a big departure for McLaren as it should push their production up to around 4000 cars per year.

So we have the same carbon tub as before, tweaked to make it easier to produce and in the middle just behind the driver we have the venerable 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 rubbing to the rear wheels via McLaren’s seven speed dual clutch gearbox. In this iteration the engine produces 562 bhp (570 PS) and 443 lb/ft of torque. This places it above the 552 bhp 911 Turbo S but below the 602 bhp R8 V10 Plus that all sit very close to the 570S’s £143,250 list price. But with the kerb weight of just 1313 kg (some 150 kg lighter than the R8) the 570S has a class leading 428 bhp/tonne which gives some electrifying performance figures. 0 – 62 mph takes 3.2 seconds, 0 – 100 mph takes 6.3 seconds and the top speed is 204 mph.

Where McLaren are saving money with the 570S is in the chassis tech with eschews the 650S’s fancy linked anti-roll bar setup for a double-wishbone design with adaptive dampers. The bodywork is now aluminium too, while the aerodynamic devices are all fixed unlike the large rear wing on the 650S.

Visually the 570S obviously takes a lot of design cues from the 650S and P1, the latter especially in the rear. Up front there is the now familiar style, with headlights in the shape of the McLaren badge and a wide, lower air intake with a curved edge. Where the 570S differs is with the new side splitters that intersect with the new intake giving a markedly more aggressive look. The glasshouse looks pretty much the same but then you notice the flying rear buttresses which add to the aero performance. At the side there are P1-aping cutouts in the doors which channel air into the side pods – and the doors retain the wing opening style too which adds some glamour to the usually more staid segment. The rear is certainly the most noticeable aspect of the new model, with a set of P1-alike rear LED lights sitting in mesh vents, while the bodywork slopes down over the engine bay. Below the rear bumper sits a large diffuser flanked by the exhaust pipes. We certainly can’t wait to see the 570S on the road and think the upcoming 570S/Turbo S/R8 V10 Plus triple test will be incredible.