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