McLaren has always been known for producing iconic racing cars. That is the same story with the 570 Family which includes the 570S and the 570GT. They really are the ultimate sports cars, custom-made for the dedicated racer. The 570S is the sportier sibling while the GT offers driving comfort for long-distance use. There is no drama with these two…just class. Underneath is an explosion of power that would rivet even the calmest racer on the circuit. The cars are impressive both inside and outside.
They come in the mid-engine range with a rear wheel drive formation. The 2-passenger and 2-door formation is classic with a wheelbase of 105.1 inches. The Length by Width by Height dimensions are 178.3” by 75.4” by 47.3” respectively.
The passenger volume is 49 cu ft. while the cargo volume is 4 cu ft. The estimated curb weight is 3200lb. The plush cream interior is broken by black leather highlights particularly near the dashboard. Sleek lines emphasize the aerodynamic design. There are no overly futuristic sharp lines to distract the driver. I particularly like the placement of the knobs and buttons which naturally forces you to recline back into the luxurious experiences even as the riot of speedy power happens outside. You get fine touches like a glove box, door pockets and vanity mirrors. Gone are the worries about speed bumps and potholes thanks to the optional front-axle lifter. The steering-column adjuster is not a weight-saver but certainly makes the drive easier.
Engine Specs and Fuel Economy
The 570S/GT racing car comes with a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8. It also includes aluminum block and heads and uses a port fuel injection system. The given displacement is 232 cu in, 3799 cc with a power reading of 562 hp @ 7400 rpm and torque of 443 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm. Its 7-speed dual-clutch automatic allows for a manual lifting mode. In terms of performance the 570S/GT can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and zero to 100 mph in 6.3 seconds. The standing ¼-mile is 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph. Some thought has gone into the fuel economy8 with a specification of EPA city/highway driving: 16/23 mpg but nobody is really going to look for that in a sports car.
Price and Release Date
The base price of $187,000 is rather steep but you get what you pay for in these supreme racing cars. Both the McLaren 570S and 570GT are already on the market. The official unveiling was at the 2015 New York International Auto Show