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