Baby McLaren supercar hunts Porsche’s 911 Turbo.
McLaren has revealed its new entry-level supercar, a competitor to Porsche’s faster 911s, the new AMG GT and Audi’s R8.
Dubbed 570S, the new model is designed to be more comfortable and affordable than the existing $441,500 650S.
Power comes from a revised version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that has powered all of McLaren’s recent production cars.
About 30 per cent of the parts are new compared to the 650S motor, and the boosted V8 delivers 419kW (570PS, hence the name) and 600Nm.
That’s enough to send this ‘entry level’ McLaren to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 328km/h. It’ll do 0-200km/h in under ten seconds, too.
Like other McLaren road cars, the 570S uses the SSG seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddles and is rear-wheel drive.
Similarly, the new model uses a lightweight carbon fibre tub derived from the design used by the 650S, P1 hybrid and the now discontinued 12C – McLaren’s first mass-produced road car which launched in 2011.
The 570S tub has been modified to incorporate narrower sills for easier cabin entry and exit and a more comfortable interior.
The new car tips the scales at 1313kg dry, significantly less a Porsche 911 Turbo which offers similar performance.
This ‘entry level’ McLaren to does 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and goes onto a top speed of 328km/h.
Where the 570S differs most in its construction from the 650S, is its use of aluminium body panels rather than the reinforced plastic of its bigger brother.
Its suspension is also significantly different from the more expensive models, dropping the hydraulically-controlled active anti-roll bars for more conventional fixed anti-roll bars with adaptive dampers.
The usual ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ selectable driving modes also feature, adjusting the car’s attitude from comfortable cruiser through to track weapon.
Cabin entry is via McLaren’s signature dihedral doors, and inside the 570S you’ll find a digital instrument display, sports bucket seats, 7-inch infotainment system and some funky dashboard shapes unique to the 570S.
The exterior design is obviously derivative of the existing 650S, though the new model uses P1-style taillights and goes without a glass engine cover or the active air brake rear wing.
A convertible version is likely to follow the coupe, while it's believed the 570S will spawn a less powerful 530C in the coming months.
It’s currently unconfirmed whether the new McLaren 570S will be sold in Australia. But if this quick Brit does reach local showrooms, it will likely cost in excess of $300,000.