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McLaren’s sportscar range aims at buy­ers who are not just rich, but very rich

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DE­SPITE his move to make af­ford­able city cars, ex-Dur­ban­ite Gor­don Mur­ray will be im­pressed with the latest de­sign ef­forts by McLaren to sell more cars by mak­ing them less “su­per car” and more “sportscar”.

Fol­low­ing the global de­but of the 570S Coupé at the New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in April 2015, McLaren is now ready to en­ter the lux­ury sports car mar­ket with race-de­rived tech­nolo­gies and su­per­car per­for­mance in a pack­age which is very much a pure McLaren.

With pric­ing start­ing at £143 250 (R2,9 mil­lion) the 570S Coupé is avail­able to or­der now with de­liv­er­ies depend­ing on mar­ket start­ing be­fore the end of 2015 — the 540C Coupé, which re­tails from £126 000 (R2,5 mil­lion), fol­lows next year.

The latest ad­di­tion to the range com­pletes the three-tier model strat­egy for McLaren along­side the Su­per Se­ries and Ul­ti­mate Se­ries.

The Sports Se­ries is the most us­able and at­tain­able model to wear a McLaren badge to date.

Weigh­ing as lit­tle as 1 313 kg, the Sports Se­ries is al­most 150 kg lighter than its clos­est ri­val.

Power is pro­vided by an evo­lu­tion of the 3,8-litre twin turbo V8 en­gine that en­sures elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance. At the same time, the in­te­rior is more tai­lored around day-to-day us­abil­ity, with op­ti­mised ac­cess, greater lev­els of stowage space and more re­fine­ment.

The Sports Se­ries is a show­case of mod­ern crafts­man­ship, with each model hand-fin­ished at the state-ofthe-art McLaren Pro­duc­tion Cen­tre (MPC) in Wok­ing, Eng­land. A suite of new op­tional con­tent and a “By McLaren” de­signer range of in­te­ri­ors high­light the lev­els of cus­tomi­sa­tion avail­able.

“The Sports Se­ries is aimed at a new au­di­ence for McLaren,’ ex­plains Mike Fle­witt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. “It is the first time we’ve com­peted in the sports car as op­posed to the su­per­car mar­ket. As with all McLaren mod­els, we have pri­ori­tised per­for­mance, driv­ing en­gage­ment and ex­hil­a­ra­tion.

“It is a to­tally driver-fo­cused car, with ex­cel­lent er­gonomics and vis­i­bil­ity, and a class-lead­ing driv­ing po­si­tion.

“This is also the most day-to-day us­able, prac­ti­cal and at­tain­able McLaren we’ve ever made. It is a dra­matic and beau­ti­ful sports car.”

Can-Am trib­ute

The 570S should not be con­fused with the lim­ited cel­e­bra­tory run of the 650S Can-Am. Com­ment­ing on the 650S Can-Am, Paul Macken­zie, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of McLaren Spe­cial Oper­a­tions ex­plains: “Can-Am rac­ing is a ma­jor part of McLaren her­itage, and this latest model from MSO pays homage to the cars and the rac­ers who played a key role in mak­ing the cham­pi­onship such a spec­ta­cle dur­ing the 1960s and 70s. The cham­pi­onship was a true test of the en­gi­neer­ing abil­ity, driv­ing tal­ent and brav­ery of Bruce and his team­mates, which led them to se­cure five con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onships.” — News­press-WR.

PHOTOS: MCLAREN

The 570S McLaren is a sportscar with su­per­car genes, while the 570S (be­low) is a trib­ute car with sportscar genes, both bred for en­thu­si­as­tic, and very rich driv­ers.

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