The McLaren 570S - the one we've all been waiting for

Big things are expected of the new McLaren as it goes head-to-head with the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

Damien Reid May 19, 2015

This is it. This is the one we’ve really been waiting for from McLaren. Forget the 12C, the 650S and the super-dooper P1 hypercar that is now vapourware and hidden in the collections of a lucky few. This 570S Sports Series is the car that will define McLaren as a proper sports car manufacturer.

It seemed like yesterday that McLaren launched its first road car, the 12C with ambitious plans to reveal something new every year and they’ve managed to keep their promise. The hype around the P1 was palpable but it was talk of producing an entry-level model to take on the Porsche 911 which really raised eyebrows and here it is, unveiled at last month’s New York motorshow and quickly shipped to the Middle East for an early preview.

Key design elements are carried over like its smiley assassin supercar face from the P1, upward swinging dihedral doors, flying buttresses off the rear window and the large air intakes which make up the shape of the doors but no longer the giant, high-mounted centre stack exhaust. Exhausts on the Sport Series exit down low like their competitors and there’s also no more active aero with a tiny, fixed lip off the rear engine cover. 

Unlike the P1, most of the body panels on the Sports Series are made from aluminium instead of carbon fibre and as with all McLaren road cars, power comes from the now tried and tested, 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which carries over about 70 per cent of the internal components from the 650S. Prices were announced at the show for the British market at £143,250 which according to our sources should translate almost directly over at about AED 785,000 while the company also confirmed a 570S GT fastback version is also in the pipeline.

This price throws the McLaren right in the middle of the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8 territory which is an area where even its previous rivals like Ferrari and Lamborghini have stayed away from and is bang on the 911 turbo’s 3.2-second time to 100 km/h. McLaren expects to see sales rise from the 1,700 units sold globally last year to around 4,000 units largely off the back of this new model. Big things are expected of the 570S, here's to hoping it meets all of them.