McLaren has unveiled its latest new model – the first in the company’s more affordable ‘Sports Series’ range – the 570S Coupe.
Despite its billing as a more affordable McLaren, this machine is still very much a supercar, with a hefty price tag set to come in at around £140,000 when it goes on sale following its debut at this week’s New York motor show.
However, buyers do get an enormously powerful 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 motor for their money, which punches out a substantial 562bhp – enough to catapult this lightweight supercar to 62mph in a rapid 3.2 seconds and on to 124mph in an incredibly fast 9.5 seconds. It doesn’t run out of puff until more than 200mph too. Helping to ensure its lightning acceleration is the 570S’s carbon fibre chassis and aluminium body, which mean it weighs a substantial 150kg less than Audi’s R8 V10 range-topping supercar.
This new ‘entry-level’ McLaren is set to go head to head with popular sports cars including the Porsche 911 Turbo and the new Audi R8 – slotting far below McLaren’s more high-end models, such as the flagship P1 hypercar, which weighs in at an eye-watering £866,000. The new 570S should also prove relatively cheap to fuel for such a speedy machine, with claimed economy of 25.5mpg.
Taking inspiration from bigger brothers the 650S and P1, the 570S shares design cues with these pricier McLarens with its dramatic scissor doors and similar front and rear lights. It does feature its own unique details, though, with sharp contours on the front end and a recessed rear windscreen.
The interior also makes a nod towards the 650S and P1, with its driver-focused design. More comfortable leather seats also come as standard with added luxuries including a seven-inch touchscreen sat nav system, Bluetooth, a digital radio and climate control.
Also in the pipeline is a more comfortable GT model along with a convertible model, which is set to arrive by 2017.