2016 McLaren 570S Coupe debuts Sport Series line
Making its entrance at the New York Auto Show, the 2016 McLaren 570S Coupe is the first of the automaker's Sport Series vehicles. Slotting below the current 650S Super Series and P1 Ultimate Series models, this striking mid-engine GT is McLaren's answer to the Audi R8 V10 Plus, Mercedes-AMG GT and the iconic Porsche 911 Turbo S.
Leveraging a legacy
Like its Super Series and Ultimate Series siblings, the new McLaren 570S Coupe features a full carbon fiber structure - in this case, a specially modified MonoCell II with a tweaked sill area to permit easier access/egress from its richly-appointed, leather-lined cabin. While the car's distinctive exterior styling leaves no doubt about its maker's identity, the 570S Coupe shares no body panels - here rendered in less-pricey but still light aluminum - with either of its kin and all of its aero-optimized design elements are fixed rather than articulated as they are on the 650S and P1.
The McLaren 570S Coupe rides on a new dual-wishbone suspension that features independent adaptive dampers with front/rear anti-roll bars and can be set to Normal/Sport/Track mode at the touch of a button. A set of Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires - 225/35 front and 285/35 rear - on 19-inch forged alloy wheels keep it stuck to the ground while carbon-ceramic brakes serve up serious stopping power.
Motivation for the new 570S Coupe comes from McLaren's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 nestled behind the passenger compartment. This evolutionary variant - dubbed "M838TE" and featuring 30 percent new components - makes 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque shipped to the rear wheels via the firm's 7-speed SSG twin-clutch transmission. With a dry weight of less than 2,900 pounds, that's sufficient firepower to send the car streaking from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top end of 204 mph.
Well-rounded road warrior
To help it live up to its billing as "the most usable McLaren to date," the new 570S Coupe boasts an impressive roster of standard features including a TFT digital instrument cluster that varies its display according to driving mode, automatic climate control, an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and 4-speaker McLaren Audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. Buyers wanting a more personal touch can upgrade the standard sport seats with racing shells, choose from a number of "By McLaren" custom trim items or opt for an 8-speaker McLaren Audio Plus upgrade or a bespoke 12-speaker/1280-watt Bowers & Wilkins Premium Audio System.
The 2016 McLaren 570S Coupe goes on sale later this year, and U.S. pricing is being finalized. At some point, the 570S Coupe will be joined by a Spider and a GT variant.
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