For all of their decades of experience in Formula 1 and Can Am racing, British automaker McLaren is only 4-years into building street cars. The latest in a line of Super Series automobiles geared towards providing consumers with a more manageable driving experience is the 2015 McLaren 570S. With a sticker price starting at $175,000, the 570S offers an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber monocoque shell with the cockpit molded into it, a 562-horsepower mid-mounted V8 engine, and trademark dihedral doors with state-of-the-art integrated aerodynamic functionality. “This is going to be the most attainable and usable McLaren to date,” said Donna Falconer, product manager for the Sport Series. “We recognize that in this segment of the market, customers use their cars in slightly different ways, so we’ve taken that into account in design and specification.”
The passenger compartment is also friendlier than previous models. It is easier enter the cabin area due to a redesigned threshold floor. A Bowers & Wilkins audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and voice activation, an intuitive seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system also includes satellite navigation and the premium handcrafted leather interior features exceptionally comfortable adjustable seating.
The beating heart of the 570S is a turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 capable of producing 562-horsepower, a seven-speed sequential gearbox does the shifting, and power is transferred to the pavement via the rear wheels (wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires). A 533-hp 540C model is also in development but its prospects are questionable for American buyers. The 3.8-liter V-8 is derived from that the 650S with a few hardware and software changes, including an all-new exhaust system. The car is held up by double wishbones front and rear-suspension with active dampers, and the 570S will also come standard with carbon ceramic brake discs, pricey extras on many of its competitors. The 570S can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph half a second faster than the Porsche 911 Turbo S, and can serve up 124 mph 0.4 seconds faster than a Lamborghini Huracán. Officially, McLaren puts the 0-62 mph number at 3.2 seconds; 124 mph in 9.5, with an electronically controlled top-speed of 204-mph.
In addition to the monstrous air dams located in the nose and tail of the car, the dihedral doors are shrink-wrapped with a unique cooling channel in the middle. The channel is contoured to deliver cooling air through the engine bay and onto the athletic “flying buttresses” rear pillars creating even greater downforce for better overall handling and performance.