The new McLaren 570S, the first model of the brand’s newly coined, 911/AMG GT – rivalling, Sports Series family, was unveiled prior to its global debut, which will take place on Wednesday 1 April, 2015 at the New York International Auto Show. The Sports Series marks the final chapter of McLaren’s new three tier model strategy, and sits below the Super Series (625C/650S/675LT) and Ultimate Series (P1) in the range hierarchy.
The Sports Series features an evolution of the 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine, named M838TE, with 30 percent of components bespoke to the new model. Engineered by McLaren, it produces 570PS (562 bhp) at 7,400 rpm, and 600Nm (443 lb ft) of torque at 5,000-6,500 rpm. Power is delivered through a seven-speed SSG transmission, and transferred to the road through the rear wheels. This power is brought under control with standard-fit carbon ceramic brakes, fitted behind a newly designed range of forged alloy wheel options with P Zero™ Corsa tyres as standard from McLaren technical partner, Pirelli – 225/35/R19 on the front and 285/35/R20 on the rear.
McLaren says that the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, weighing less than 80 Kg, has been newly designed with more of a focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress and egress from the cabin. Extensive use of aluminium body panels, combined with the lightweight structure contributes to a comparatively low dry weight of as low as 1,313 Kg (2,895lbs).
The 570S shows an evolution of the McLaren ‘face’ seen on models in the Super Series and Ultimate Series. It is further accentuated with a bespoke aerodynamic package which includes aero blades below the front bumper channelling clean, cold air through the lower leading edge of the bodywork. Familiar looking LED headlamps, fitted as standard to all Sports Series models, flank a sculpted bonnet which channels airflow over the front wheelarches.
The dihedral doors, a McLaren design signature since the iconic F1, bear a ‘floating’ door tendon which houses a discreet door button. This element divides the airflow, channelling it into the side intakes and underneath the flying buttresses. This structure ensures minimized drag, while also optimising levels of cooling and downforce.
Flying buttresses at the rear of the teardrop-shaped glasshouse, a part of the aero package, direct air over the shoulder-line of the 570S and across the rear deck aiding heat evacuation from the exposed engine bay and increasing downforce. Super-formed aluminium rear fenders ensure clean air is delivered to the fixed rear spoiler, again maximising downforce.
The LED light blade rear lamps follow the form of the sculpted panels. The rear of the vehicle features an aluminium mesh allowing effective heat evacuation as well as a view into the engine bay.
This sits below a concave rear window, another signature Sports Series Coupé design cue. The twin exhausts exit below the rear bumper, either side of a newly designed and highly intricate rear diffuser.
The Sports Series has its own newly-developed suspension system and employs independent adaptive dampers with front and rear anti-rollbars – distinct from the Super Series – and dual wishbones, with the set up controlled by the familiar ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ handling settings. In ‘Normal’ mode, the system provides a refined yet engaging ride, while the ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ settings allow the 570S to become more track-focused when required.
Inside, the standard sports seats are leather upholstered, while racing seats are optional. The dashboard and steering wheel are also all leather trimmed. The interiors have been ergonomically designed to have the most usable space of any McLaren model to date. This adds to the 150 litres of storage in the front luggage bay.
The 570S is equipped with a full infotainment system including an all new TFT digital instrument cluster that changes configuration according to driving mode, a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen, now with integrated climate control functionality, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital / SIRIUS satellite radio (depending on market), mounted on a ‘floating’ centre console. The McLaren Audio four-speaker system ensures the optimal sound quality at the lowest possible weight.
With the Sports Series, an even greater variety of interior customization is available with a variety of factory available Alcantara®, nappa leather and carbon fibre options. In addition to this, a McLaren Audio Plus 8-Speaker Upgrade System and bespoke Bowers & Wilkins 12-Speaker Premium Audio System with 1280W surround sound upgrade is also available.
Further details of the McLaren 570S will be confirmed following the global reveal, which will take place on Wednesday 1 April, 2015 at the New York International Auto Show.
McLAREN 570S TECHNICAL STATISTICS
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||3.2 seconds|
|0-200 km/h (0-124 mph)||9.5 seconds|
|Top speed||328 km/h (204 mph)|
|Power-to-weight||434PS per tonne|
ENGINE & POWERTRAIN
|Engine Configuration||V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc|
|Power||570PS (562 bhp) @ 7,400 rpm|
|Torque||600Nm (443 lb ft) @ 5,000-6,500 rpm|
|Transmission||7 Speed SSG|
|Economy||25.5 mpg 9.22 l/100 km (EU combined)|
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
|Dry weight||1,313 kg (2,895 lb) with lightweight options|
|Weight distribution||42 / 58|