The all-new McLaren Sports Series brings McLaren race-derived technologies and supercar driving exhilaration to the sportscar market for the first time. Launching with two power outputs, the Sports Series offers class-leading performance, lightweight construction including a carbon fiber chassis, recognizable McLaren design values and a comprehensive specification list. Pricing for the higher-powered 570S, shown for the first time at the New York International Auto Show, will retail from $184,900. The latest addition to the McLaren range completes the three-tier model strategy alongside the Super Series and Ultimate Series. The Sports Series is the most usable and attainable model to wear a McLaren badge to date, but it retains the core design and dynamic focus that ensure it is still worthy of the iconic name. Weighing as low as 1,313 kg., thanks in part to the unique lightweight carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis, the Sports Series is almost 150 kg lighter than its closest rival.
Power is provided by an evolution of the 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine with 30 percent new components. This ensures electrifying performance, with the 570S boasting a class-leading power-to-weight figure of 434 ps per ton (5 pounds per hp). At the same time, the interior is more tailored around day-to-day usability, with optimized access, greater levels of storage space and more refinement.
A twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 producing 562 hp sits at the heart of the 570S, sending power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed SSG transmission. The 570S has a 0-62 sprint time of 3.2 seconds and can hit 124 mph in just 9.5 seconds. The McLaren’s top speed is a breezy 204 mph.
The covers were pulled from a pair of 570S Coupes in dramatic fashion to premiere two new “By McLaren” color specifications, highlighting the levels of customization available. The Ventura Orange model showed a more track-focus, with extensive exterior carbon fiber upgrades, optional stealth-finished five-spoke lightweight wheel option and two-tone sports interior, while the Blade Silver model debuted a more luxurious specification with saddle tan interior and the 10-spoke super lightweight wheels.
“The new Sports Series is aimed at a new audience for McLaren,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. “It’s the first time we’ve competed in the sportscar as opposed to the supercar market. As with all McLaren models, we have prioritized 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 sportscar.”
“We are a very young business; we first started selling cars in the latter part of 2011 when we launched the McLaren 12C, and in 2011 we only sold 150 cars,” said Jolyon Nash, executive director of global sales and marketing at McLaren. “Fast forward to 2014: Last year we enjoyed enormous growth; we sold 1,649 cars.”