Let’s get one thing clear, if you had a spare $200,000 lying around, and were in the market for a high performance street fighter, the Porsche 911 Turbo is arguably the car of choice. It’s stupid fast, handles great, and can be used as a light daily driver. Sure the AMG-GT has been touted as Benz’s 911 killer, but when put next to a Turbo, there really is no competition.
To be quite frank, there really is no direct competition for the 911 Turbo, in it’s price bracket that is. Until now. McLaren, being the fine old chaps they are, decided that they would give Porsche something to sweat about; this being the brand new 570S Coupe. Think of the 911 Turbo as the Sonny Liston of the automotive world. It’s tough and has a well know presence. The 570S is like Muhammad Ali, a young underdog about to cause a great upset.
The 570S is the first model in McLaren’s new Sport Series. It’s an entry level McLaren, sitting below the 650S and P1. This does not in any way mean that the 570S should be compared to a Toyota Corolla, remember this is McLaren. The 570S brings to the ring a version of McLaren’s proven 3.8L twin-turbo V8. It produces a quite Lofty 562hp and 443 lb/ft of torque, which is all directed to the rear wheels. A 7-speed SSG transmission makes all of this power useable, and the standard carbon ceramic brakes to help you control this power. Also the body is all aluminum and fiber, which equates to a wet weight of just over 1.5 tons. What this all means is that the 570S can hit 60 in ~3.2s, keep going to 204mph, and still return a average fuel economy of roughly 25mpg with mixed driving!
As shown in the sentence above, McLaren wanted the 570S to be a useable car. Which is why the 570S comes with a lot of storage space (for a car of it’s caliber) with over 150L of storage in the front alone! It’s also nicely adorned on the inside, with leather bucket seats, a touchscreen infotainment system, and an optional 1300w Bowers & Wilkins sound system. All of this not only makes the 570S a comfortable car to drive, but also one you could live with!
The 570S will have its pre-fight talk on Wednesday, at the New York Auto Show. The 570S is priced to compete with the 911 Turbo, starting at around $180,000. Expect a release date to be given out soon.