A su­per lit­tle runaround

Mike Star­ling dis­cov­ers whether the 570S can re­ally be your ev­ery­day runaround

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In 1968 Andy Warhol coined the phrase that “in the fu­ture, ev­ery­one will be world­fa­mous for 15 min­utes”. Well Mr Warhol, it seems that my 15 min­utes have now been and gone.

For the first time in my life I ex­pe­ri­enced what it truly feels like to be a star. Peo­ple on the streets were stop­ping me for pic­tures and ev­ery­one waved and smiled as I went by. Eat your heart out Brad Pitt.

Un­for­tu­nately for me, though, it was not my good looks and star-like qual­i­ties that were turn­ing heads and had peo­ple snap­ping images. The credit must go to the true star on this page: the McLaren 570S.

I had never be­fore driven a car like the 570S, so in all hon­estly I was slightly ter­ri­fied be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel. But while the car’s power is mind-bog­gling - it has a top speed of 328kph - the 570S is so com­fort­able to drive that once my ini­tial trep­i­da­tion had worn off I could re­lax and re­ally en­joy my mo­ment in the lime­light.

In fact, be­cause it is so easy to drive McLaren is pro­mot­ing the 570S as a car for ev­ery­day use.

Driv­ing around Ras Al Khaimah through the town, the high­ways and on the stun­ning Jebel Jais moun­tain road, it’s easy to agree that this car can be multi-pur­pose.

On the moun­tain road it han­dled the cor­ners bril­liantly and on the down­hill straights you could put your foot down with­out the feel­ing you were in a fight with a 562 brake horse­power en­gine.

It was on the drive back to the town that the 570S re­ally came into its own.

Ne­go­ti­at­ing the many round­abouts at rush hour it would be easy to feel hes­i­tant while in con­trol of some­thing cost­ing Dhs738,500. But like I said, it’s as easy to drive as any other car out there.

The in­te­rior is smart, very com­fort­able and de­spite be­ing a two-seater there was a fair bit of room be­hind the seats for bags or even for your shop­ping.

Just one word of cau­tion, though, if you have two kids and are on the school run, one of your chil­dren will have to take the bus. Oh well, take your favourite.

One other very cool func­tion is the three en­gine set­tings: nor­mal, sport and track.

Each mode has a dif­fer­ent dash­board and if you put it into track mode you will see a dash­board very much in the style of an F1 car.

Apolo­gies to Jen­son But­ton, though, while I was en­joy­ing my 15 min­utes, I am not ready for the track just yet.

The 570S is the first model in McLaren’s new Sports Se­ries and that’s the key word here. Sports.

With its di­he­dral doors and mon­ster en­gine, the 570S may look and drive like a su­per car but it’s firmly po­si­tioned in the sports car sec­tor.

Driv­ing a McLaren is some­thing that ev­ery­body should ex­pe­ri­ence once in their life­time. And even in heavy traf­fic, that drive to work, the mall or the beach will feel so ex­cit­ing. En­joy your 15 min­utes.

MULTI-PUR­POSE: The McLaren 570S is good on the high­ways, moun­tains and around town

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