Like any another Tuesday afternoon, we were sitting in our office staring out of our high rise building listening to the dreaded tones of emails rolling in and doodling on our stock pile of sticky notes when a special email invitation from McLaren caught my wandering eyes. It was an invitation to see the unveiling of the new 2016 McLaren 570S since its debut at the New York Auto Show in April. Considering we have a better chance at getting a seat on the first commercial flight to the moon verses getting up close and personal with a McLaren, we immediately cleared our calendar.
The 570S is not your ordinary McLaren. Unlike the 650S and P1, this 570S is designed more toward the useable, everyday kind of supercar. This is the kind of supercar you won’t need to take down to the racetrack to get its full experience. The simple freeway on ramp is the perfect place to set the launch control on its twin-turbo, 562 horsepower, 3.8-liter V8. The seven-speed dual-clutch seamless-shift gearbox (SSG) will take a brisk 3.1 seconds to 60 mph and 6.3 seconds to 100 mph. 204 mph will stop you from becoming one of those people we shake our fists at full of jealousy.
Engineered for perfection the 570S uses a carbon fiber chassis and aluminum body which weighs 254lbs less than it top competitors as it tips the scales near the 2900lb mark. The design is modern McLaren, styled with computer generated curves and architecture. It’s simple, elegant, and won’t set your trousers on fire – unless you get it in orange. For the average lookie-lue, the simplified curves and blacked out door niches is enough to have you drooling and leaving face prints on the glass of the dealer’s showroom.
McLaren states this 570S is going to be their highest production vehicle available and with that they have designed in such a way that it is a manageable vehicle to live with on a daily basis. Things like making adjustments to the door sills and thresholds so it’s easier to get in and out of. Adding additional trunk space for shopping sprees. And giving clear visibility in all directions so you can not only see where you’re heading but where you’ve been.
Get ready to pull out you’re checkbooks – starting price for this baby McLaren, $189,000. So if you’re a young stock broker looking to blow your quarterly bonus or Rock Star with an adrenaline rush, better get your order in now, cause these will won’t be on the showroom floors long.
While we’ll never get the chance to drive, let alone ogle over the 570S’s nicely appointed suede interior or enjoy the sound of its mid-engine 562 horsepower rear-wheel drive V8, we’ll awkwardly shake our fist in rage at your good fortune and wish we were in the driver seat.