It seems like just yesterday that McLaren introduced the world-beating F1 in 1992. This colossal achievement in engineering was the fastest car in the world for many years, with a top speed of 240 miles per hour, and was limited to just 64 vehicles. It also made the trip from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. Fast forward to 2015, and the recently-introduced McLaren 570S just two weeks ago, and it happens to do 0-60mph in, you guessed it, 3.2 seconds.
There’s a clear lineage. The McLaren 570S is the first of McLaren’s Sports Series cars, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything “entry level” about it. It uses a carbon fiber chassis just it’s more expensive siblings, comes equipped with carbon ceramic brakes as standard, and has a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 570PS (562 horsepower). It also uses a similar 7-speed dual clutch gearbox to the 650S.
The new McLaren was designed from the ground up for daily drivability without sacrificing performance. The side sills were lowered and the door angles raised for ease of entry and exit, storage and passenger space were expanded and optimized, and all of it done without sacrificing the trademark McLaren handling and precision.
Pictures are one thing, but I was lucky enough to be invited to The Collection Miami in Coral Gables, Florida for the first showing of the McLaren 570S after the New York Auto Show just weeks ago. The car is absolutely stunning. There are small design cues and the attention to detail is fantastic. McLaren’s logo is subtly integrated into many of the cars elements, including the tail lights and headlights. The overall look is just breathtaking, especially the carbon doors, which have a floating feature. I tried to photograph the detail, but really just go look at one. I can’t explain how much presence the car has.
The price? Just above $184,000. Not inexpensive, but considering that an F1 or P1 will cost you 7 figures, you can see why this is a McLaren to get excited for. How does it drive? I’m not sure yet, but maybe with some luck I’ll get to experience it soon. You can keep your cars named after bulls, this is the supercar of the moment.
A special THANK YOU to Christy Cartaya at The Collection Miami for the invite. You guys rock!