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Don't miss our re­view of the spec­tac­u­lar, dy­namic and more prac­ti­cal Mclaren chal­leng­ing the dom­i­nance of all other uber­lux­ury sports mar­ques.

A spec­tac­u­lar, dy­namic and more prac­ti­cal Mclaren that is set to chal­lenge the Ger­man dom­i­nance of the uber-lux­ury sports mar­que.

The Mclaren 570S Coupé is a strik­ing hand-built lux­ury sports car that of­fers driv­ers breath-tak­ing per­for­mance and flair. In a break from pre­vi­ous mod­els, it is not, by their own def­i­ni­tion, a su­per­car - but let's be clear when Mclaren talk like that, they are re­fer­ring to very small dif­fer­en­tials in terms of per­for­mance, qual­ity and style.

CON­CEPT

In to­day's cut-throat mar­ket, the ma­jor sports car man­u­fac­tur­ers are fo­cused on meet­ing the chal­lenge of de­liv­er­ing a wider-use ve­hi­cle – a real per­for­mance car, not just some­thing for the week­end or track, but a sports car that peo­ple can use daily. The aim at Mclaren was to pro­duce a ve­hi­cle that would be as use­able as its ri­vals, such as the Porsche 911 Turbo S, but of­fer­ing a purer, more ex­cit­ing drive. What they have de­liv­ered with the 570S in both GT and Coupé ver­sions, is a us­able rear mid-en­gine, rear-wheel-drive Mclaren that will test Ger­man sports car dom­i­nance.

THE LOOK

More cur­va­ceous than any of Mclaren's pre­vi­ous cars, the 570S is a real head­turner. The sig­na­ture Mclaren di­he­dral doors ex­tend all the way to the front wheel arches, and help to chan­nel cool air to the air in­takes in­te­grated into the rear fend­ers.

It clearly takes de­sign cues from the P1 and the 650S Mclaren su­per­cars and yet has a look of its own. From the low sleek nose to the blade LED tail lights with mesh for en­hanced en­gine cool­ing, to the vis­i­ble mid-mounted en­gine and the ex­clu­sive forged sport al­loy wheels, the 570S makes a pow­er­ful state­ment.

IN­SIDE

The car's cock­pit is el­e­gant, un­clut­tered and driver fo­cused. The high grip steer­ing wheel is free from dis­trac­tions and the gearshift pad­dles are seam­lessly in­cor­po­rated into the steer­ing col­umn.

Set ad­ja­cent to the start but­ton on the cen­tre con­sole, the Ac­tive Dy­nam­ics panel al­lows you to switch eas­ily be­tween drive modes. The in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with the stan­dard 4-speaker

240W au­dio sys­tem is fab­u­lous and, like the TFT in­stru­ment dis­play is and clear and in­tu­itive.

There are var­i­ous sports seats and a range of su­per racy and luxurious in­te­rior fin­ishes avail­able from leather to car­bon fi­bre.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The line be­tween su­per­car and sports model seems blurred at Mclaren and noth­ing demon­strates this more than its out-and-out per­for­mance.

With a top speed of 204 mph, the 570S pow­ers it­self into su­per­car ter­ri­tory with mind-numb­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion, not only of­fer­ing more pace than most of its di­rect ri­vals but into the ground held by cars like the Fer­rari F12 or Mclaren's own 650S both cost­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more.

The class lead­ing power to weight ra­tio helps to power the 570S from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 sec­onds (2.9 sec­onds with the op­tional Track Pack fit­ted) then on­wards to 124 mph in a measly 9.5 sec­onds.

POW­ER­TRAIN

The 32-valve, twin turbo M838TE 3.8 litre V8 is a mas­ter­piece of engi­neer­ing and pro­duces a stag­ger­ing 562 bhp and 600 NM of torque de­liv­ered via a seven-speed seam­less shift dual clutch au­to­matic gear­box,

The stiff­ness of the Mono­cell II chas­sis cou­pled with adap­tive dampers en­sures a re­spon­sive yet pred­i­ca­ble driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Even fit­ted with the stan­dard car­bon-ce­ramic brakes and Corsa tyres the 570S has scorch­ing pace both on the track and road.

SUM­MARY

The 570S is a se­ri­ously good car for se­ri­ously good driv­ers. Who might a 570S in­ter­est? With strict lim­its im­posed on pro­duc­tion vol­umes and be­spoke op­tions, then those cur­rently driv­ing an Audi R8 V10, BMW i8, Porsche 911 Turbo S, As­ton Martin Van­tage, Dodge Viper or sim­i­lar who want a lit­tle more edge or ex­clu­siv­ity, might be the most likely buy­ers.

From our look at this glo­ri­ous car, one in­stinc­tively feels they won't be dis­ap­pointed.

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