McLaren was set to debut their new Sport Series next week at the New York Auto Show, however images and details were released of the car early. Dubbed the 570S, a select few were invited for an early sneak peek and some pictures of the car in the metal were leaked onto the internet. The 570S has its eyes set on the 911 Turbo, so will this be the car to finally knock Porsche off it's throne?
The new "baby" McLaren has many styling cues that mimic it's older brothers, the 650S and the P1, yet distinctive in it's own right. While retaining the mid-engine layout and carbon fiber tub, the 570S is quite a lot smaller than it's pricier siblings. Starting from the front, the headlights have keeps the logo-esque swoosh, but contains a different light cluster. The front fascia is styled to flow air into the large openings in the side and onto the brakes. Moving onto the side, there is a large naca duct style air intake feeding into the engine. Finally at the rear, the P1's thin LED taillights surround air vents which get rid of hot air in the engine bay.
In terms of performance, the 570S should essentially be looked at as a detuned 650S. Using the now familiar twin turbocharged 3.8L V8, in this case, as the name suggests, the engine is tuned to produce 570 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. This is enough to propel the 570S from 0-100 km/h in a scant 3.2 seconds, accelerating to 200 km/h in 9.5 seconds and eventually onto it's top speed of 328 km/h. The McLaren 570S is supposed to be the entry-level car from the company, and at $180,000 USD, it's not cheap. However, if you look at it as a detuned 650S, its a performance bargain. The 570S is priced to compete with the Porsche 911 Turbo and both have similar performance figures as well. It will be interesting to see the first comparison tests to see which of the cars the critics prefer.
McLaren will officially debut the 570S to the public at the New York International Auto Show, which runs April 3-12, 2015 at the Jarvis Center.