Review: McLaren 570 (2015)
Outstanding handling. Easy to drive everyday. Exotic styling makes it stand out from the supercar crowd.
Interior isn't as good as rivals. Engine note comparatively quiet. Difficult to get in and out of. Report of body corrosion.
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McLaren 570 (2015): At A Glance
Described by McLaren as a ‘usable daily driver’, the 570S is anything but dull, with its 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 creating a head thumping 570PS. As a result, it will cover 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds, while 0-100mph acceleration is rated at 6.3 seconds - a figure that equals the legendary McLaren F1 road car from the 1990s.
Over the past 30 years McLaren's F1 team has has pioneered the use of carbon fibre and, as you might expect, the 570S is full of the stuff. This means the chassis is strong, rigid and incredibly lightweight. In fact, the 570S weighs in at just 1,313kg, which is 282kg less than the Audi R8.
Despite the F1-bred race tech, the 570S doesn’t feel like a tooth rattling, backbreaking, track car. Far from it. McLaren has put considerable effort into making its supercar as driver friendly as possible, which means it is comfortable, calm and a realistic every day car.
Obviously, with 570PS packed away behind the driver, the 570S has incredible performance at its disposal. Thump the throttle and it will pick-up momentum instantly, while the automatic gearbox does a fine job of distributing the power.
The handling is excellent too, with pinpoint steering and lots of feedback through the compact race wheel. Grip levels are staggeringly high, which is impressive when you factor in the rear-wheel drive setup and lack of a limited slip differential.
As fast as it is, the 570S rarely feels as quick as the 911 Turbo in a straight line. It’s twin-turbo V8 also lacks the aural delights of the R8’s V10. That said, this is still one of McLaren’s most accomplished supercars and it’s difficult not to be charmed by the 570S’ striking good looks and brilliant handling.
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McLaren 570 (2015): What's It Like Inside?
The 570S is a comfortable two-seater, available in Sport or Luxury trims with the latter getting the best supported seats for high performance driving. Storage is limited to a few cubby holes and cupholders in the cabin, although there is space under the bonnet for a couple of overnight bags.
Getting in and out of the McLaren isn’t easy, with the low floor and sports seats making it difficult to slide in or out with any manner of elegance.
The 570S' dihedral doors are special though, gliding upwards to reveal a well-sized interior. The quality of the cabin does lack the finesse and finish of the Audi R8 or Porsche 911, with the ‘floating’ centre console home to a muddling seven-inch touchscreen system that can reward and infuriate in equal measures.
The leather interior is comfortable though, albeit after you’ve lowered and twisted your way into the cabin. Getting comfortable is simple - the driver's seat has six-way adjustment, including electric height adjustment. There is lots of head and legroom plus carbon fibre shelled racing seats, as found in the McLaren P1, are available as an option.
As well as the S, the 570 can also be ordered as a luxurious GT, with a small boot that is positioned above the engine. Getting into the 220-litre rear storage compartment, which is covered in leather, is easy thanks to a glass rear door. The GT also gets additional space behind the seats for couple of soft holdalls, while the interior has more helpings of leather across the dashboard and door trims.
Regardless of trim or seat choice, the driver gets a wide view of the road, thanks to the huge, raked windscreen. The compact door mirrors also provide plenty of all-round visibility, although, the view from the back window is more akin to a postbox, with the mid-mounted engine obscuring most of the view. That said, parking sensors and rearview camera are fitted as standard.
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What's the McLaren 570 (2015) like to drive?
- Engines range from 3.8 540 to 3.8
The 570S is one of McLaren’s 'entry-level' supercars (if such a thing exists) and, along with the cheaper and less powerful 540C, forms the Sports Series. Above this range is the Super Series (with the 650S and 675LT) and the Ultimate Series (P1 and P1GTR). However, with supersonic acceleration and a top speed of 204mph, the 570S will be more than enough for your average sports car enthusiast.
Built on a carbon fibre chassis tub, with aluminium body panels, the 570S weighs roughly the same as a Ford Focus, which means it is considerably lighter than its supercar rivals. The mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V8 is high revving and brutally quick, covering 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and peaking with a maximum 600Nm of torque between 5000rpm - 6200rpm.
On the road, the 570S is surprisingly refined, with a comfortable ride that provides supple protection from potholes, rough roads and speed bumps. The smooth steering and intelligent seven-speed gearbox are well-suited to sub-50mph driving, providing smart gear changes that make it easy to navigate traffic and busy junctions without the car jolting forwards every time you contemplate touching the throttle.
If you do find a hard speed hump or car ramp then you can prevent the bottom of the car from scraping the asphalt by activating an electro-hydraulic pump that will increase the ride height by 40mm, at up to 37mph.
The gearbox and engine can be changed from Normal, to Sport or Track mode, which increases throttle response and shortens the shift time between gears. However, unless you’re on a track, the 570S’ most hardcore setting will seldom be needed.
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