Driven – The McLaren 570S

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being an Editor on East Midlands Business Link is the cars that we get to put through their paces. And that’s especially true of our time behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S Coupé, which was nothing short of breath-taking.

As its names suggests, it combines a power output of 570PS with lightweight construction to give a power-to-weight ratio of 434PS per tonne.

The supercar accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, while 124mph is reached in just 9.5 seconds, with the pace not letting up until the car achieves a top speed of 204mph.

McLaren has created a shape of beauty, highlighted by details such as the rear flying buttresses that increase downforce as well as adding grace, and complex door tendons that direct additional air to cool the mid-mounted V8 engine.

The unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis has been designed with a focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress and egress from the cabin. It is strong and stiff, yet weighs less than 80kg, offering optimum levels of protection. This lightweight structure, and the use of aluminium body panels, contributes to a dry weight of 1,313kg.

Minimised heft and a turbocharged engine doesn’t just bring great performance. The 570S also delivers good fuel efficiency for a car that is also a member of the 200mph club, with fuel economy of 25.5mpg and emissions of 258g/km.

The cabin of the 570S has been designed around the driver, with a focus on engagement, visibility, functionality and regular usability. As standard, the sports seats are leather upholstered – racing seats are optional – offering a high level of long distance comfort and support.

With the Sports Series, an even greater variety of interior customisation is available with a range of Alcantara, Nappa leather and carbon fibre options. What’s more, a McLaren Audio Plus eight-speaker upgrade system and bespoke Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker premium audio system with 1280W surround sound upgrade is also available for the ultimate audio experience.

Fast Facts

  • Max speed: 204 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 3.2 secs
  • Combined mpg: 25.5
  • Engine layout: 3999cc 8-cylinder, twin-turbo petrol
  • Max. power (PS): 570
  • CO2: 258 g/km
  • Price: £143,250