Our motoring expert Chris Walsh test drives the new McLaren 570S…
Back in 2009, I was given the opportunity to drive one of the three cars that starred in posters that occupied my bedroom wall when I was an 11-year-old boy; the Jaguar XJ220. Sadly, after this once-in-a-lifetime event was over, I was left closer to limbo than nirvana. I don’t quite know how it happened, but all the reasons why I idolised this car as a boy, managed to get well and truly stomped on by the perception I had accumulated as a man.
The dashboard violently shook above 50mph, the passenger door didn’t shut properly and, at one point, a dial even came off in my hand. From that day on, I accepted that it isn’t necessarily a good idea to drive your idols and that I should approach such a notion with trepidation rather than excitement. I now understand that dream cars built today will always outshine their forefathers, especially those that were built in the midst of a full blown recession.
And the new McLaren 570S is the ultimate example of why supercars built today are much better considered than ever before. It just does everything brilliantly, even down to the way it handles the environment around it. The front bumper represents the beginning of the air’s journey under, over and through the car. The Aero Blades, the ‘floating tendon’ and the flying buttresses are just some of the aerodynamic tweaks found everywhere you look.
The new lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, combined with the evolved 3.8-Litre twin turbo V8, does the rest. The chassis ensures the car is lighter than your duvet, whilst the engine ensures a level of performance that is virtually unthinkable for such a car to reach. The interior includes floating elements to add to the sense of depth, while organic shapes and curves bring a delicacy to the sporty and ergonomic layout. The space has been created to ensure better visibility and enhanced interior space for all.
Interior switchgear is ergonomically designed and finished to the highest standard to enhance the feel of quality and craftsmanship throughout the cabin. A seven-inch touchscreen is way better than the previous version and it comes with the most advanced infotainment system to feature in a McLaren model to-date. Rotary switches, buttons and steering wheel mounted stalks are all tactile to touch and thankfully in this case, remain where they were designed to be.
MODEL: McLaren 570S
PRICED FROM: £143,250
POWERPLANT: 3.8-Litre Twin Turbo V8
DRIVETRAIN: Rear-Wheel Drive
TRANSMISSION: 7-Speed SSG
POWER: 562 bhp
TORQUE: 600 Nm
WEIGHT: 1,313 kg
0-60 MPH: 3.1 Seconds
TOP SPEED: 204 mph
COMBINED MPG: 26.6