McLaren has revealed the first model in its base Sports Series lineup. The car – a coupe – named the 570S is the first body style to be shown, with the rest tipped to follow soon. McLaren has confirmed that the second model in this series will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show and is christened as the 540C. Coming back to the 570S, the car will be available in showrooms later this year with prices beginning from 143,250 Pounds (2,13,729 Dollars).
The 570S from the front looks similar to its elder siblings and gets LED headlight units, similar to the light blade design tail lamps. Aerodynamic elements spread across the body point towards the dynamism and sporty nature of the coupe. Aero blades can be seen emanating from the front bumpers and running throughout the base of the body; then you have the ‘floating’ tendons on the dihedral doors that channel cold air in to the side air intakes and under the flying buttress – another component to increase downforce. A teardrop shaped glasshouse allows for lower air resistance while simultaneously directing air over the aluminum mesh covering the engine, thus helping to keep it cool. The curved rear fenders although adding to the aesthetic appeal also does the job of directing air to the fixed rear spoiler. Aggressive-looking carbon-fibre diffuser and dual exhausts complete the beautiful exterior.
McLaren says that the 570S has a dry weight of 1,313 kg and weighs 130 kg less than its nearest rival. This has been possible mainly due to the unique MonoCell II chassis which according to the company, is 25 per cent stiffer compared to aluminum chassis and also safer, as it does away with the need for any extra bracing or safety beams.
Powering this looker is a modified version of the 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine. This engine now has 30 per cent of bespoke parts designed specifically for the Sports Series. It offers performance unheard of in the sports car segment, uptil now. This unit produces 570 PS (562 bhp) and 600 Nm of max torque. Power is fed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG). McLaren claims class leading power-to-weight ratio of 428 bhp/tonne, and it shows. The 570S demolishes the 100 kmph mark in just 3.2 seconds from standstill; the run from 0-200 kmph takes a scant 9.5 seconds and top speed is a claimed 328 kmph (204 mph). All these tyre smoking figures are achieved….well, through the tyres, which in this case are the Pirelli P Zero Corsas; 225/35/R19 on the front and 285/35/R20 at the rear. They – apart from increasing grip levels – also reduce braking distance. Coming to the brakes, 394 mm carbon ceramic discs at the front and 380 mm at the rear are offered as standard; they are clamped upon by six-pistons and four-piston calipers respectively. The suspension system has been designed with driver engagement in mind getting independent adaptive dampers with front and rear anti-rollbars. It comes in three settings of ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ to suit different driving situations.
Giving his comments on the company’s latest creation Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive says, ‘The new Sports Series is aimed at a new audience for McLaren. It’s the first time we’ve competed in the sports car as opposed to the supercar market. As with all McLaren models, we have prioritised performance, driving engagement and exhilaration. It is a totally driver-focused car, with excellent ergonomics and visibility, and a class-leading driving position. This is also the most day-to-day usable, practical and attainable McLaren we’ve ever made. It is a dramatic and beautiful sports car.’