The all-new Mclaren 570S is expected to reach Australian shores later this year as a competitor to the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. Mclaren say that this will be the closest thing they will offer that resembles a daily driver, but when you look at the stats, this car certainly isn’t your typical daily drive.
Equipped with a potent 420kW 3.8 litre twin-turbo v8 coupled to a seven speed SSG semi-automatic gearbox, the 570S will propel you to 100km/h from a standing start in just 3.2 seconds, and if you wait another 6.3 seconds you’ll arrive at 200km/h. I think Mclaren’s opinion of a “daily driver” is a bit blurred; this car hits 200km/h in the time most daily drivers would hit 100!
Despite this, Mclaren claims this car to be a functional car for daily driving. The cabin has been designed so that getting in and out of the car can be done in a more graceful manner than in a typical high performance, scissor door equipped sports car. Once you plant yourself inside the cabin, you’ll find yourself sitting on “comfortable” leather sports seats, unless you’ve opted for the hardcore racing bucket seats. The interior dashboard and steering wheel are tastefully upholstered with leather, enough to give you the illusion you are sitting in a classy entry level German saloon, rather than a raging beast. Mounted on the dashboard and centre console are creature comforts such as a 7-inch touchscreen, climate control, Bluetooth technology and radio. There is even enough space in the boot for a quick trip down to the shops for some milk, boasting 150 litres of storage.
The car body was crafted in a wind tunnel, and it seems like the laws of aerodynamics coincide with beauty, as this car really is stunning. Long swooping curves predominate the style, with subtle intakes and flying buttresses placed subtly towards the rear of the car to aid in performance and handling. The stock alloy wheels complement the slick design, with thin racing tyres fitted to each of them.
Priced at around $450,000, I doubt we’ll see too many around popping down to Coles, but the occasional sight of the 570S will be a pleasant change from the relatively more common (although still excellent) Audi R8 or Porsche 911 Turbo.
If you would like to see some footage of the 570S in action, have a squiz at this video!
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