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We spent a day driving the McLaren 570S

2016-08-18 09:59

Words: Sean Parker, Photographs: Andre Davids  

Cape Town - We spent the day with McLaren's 570S, the British automaker's 'entry level' 419kW/600Nm sports car, in Cape Town.

The new 570S derives its name from its power output (570PS/419kW) and shares its DNA with the McLaren Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it hierarchy. The sports car is the first bodystyle to be shown in the Sports Series. It measures 4.5m long, 2m wide and 1.2m tall.

It’s fitted with carbon ceramic brakes, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres (225/35/R19 front and 285/35/R20 rear) and buyers have access to a range of forged alloy rims.

It uses the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine as its 650S sibling and has a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.2 seconds and rockets to a top speed of 328km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 9 litres/100km with emissions of 258g/km.


  • The McLaren 570S made its public debut at the New York motor show in March 2015. It is the first model in the firm's Sports Series range. We spent a day driving it in Cape Town. 
  • Sean Parker, left, chats to members of the public about the 570S.
  • What powers this sports car? A 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine, producing 419kW/600Nm. According to McLaren 30% of its engine components are bespoke to the new model. 
  • The 570S is fitted with a a carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis. It is far easier (read: dignified) to hop in and out of its cabin compared to its 650S sibling. Dry weight is a claimed 1313kg.
  • While we only had the opportunity to drive the car on public roads, it felt rapid in a distinctive way. The ride, when dialed into 'normal' was comfortable for a sports car. 
  • The uncomplicated, driver-focused steering wheel is a McLaren philosophy in practice. There are four stalks in total: two. And the rest of the steering wheel is thankfully devoid of any buttons.
  • Claimed to be the most 'usable' McLaren yet, the 570S features a cubby-hole space, 150 litres of storage in the front luggage bay and door compartments to store valuables. 
  • Does it feel special? In a word, yes. McLaren SA will only bring 20 cars into the Mzansi: 10 to Joburg and 10 to Cape Town. 
  • Price? SA-spec cars are around the region of R3.5-million to R3.8-million. McLaren implore buyers to add front and rear PDC, reverse camera and the very important 'lifting kit'. 
  • McLaren admitted that owners of the 650S were left underwhelmed by the noise of the car, so work has been done to make this car sound better. The automaker's tinkering worked like a charm. 

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