DRIVEN | McLaren 570sSPECIAL FEATURE
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The first thing you do when you approach a McLaren 570S, is take a moment to get your breath back; it’s a visual masterpiece. Especially in the anthracite grey I was ‘tasked’ with driving over a four-day period, the grey serving to accentuate the already angular curves making the silhouette more graceful than aggressive. The carbon fibre elements – such as the wing mirrors and air scoops – serve to break up what would be a solid block of grey, while emphasizing the shape and sportiness of the supercar.
Alas, this is a car to be driven, not looked at and as I readied to leave the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking it was time to familiarize myself with the inner workings of the 570s; which did not take long. Forgoing – in my opinion – tasteless extravagance in favour of functional simplicity, the dark tan interior was premium but sporty, modern yet in some ways classic. The focal point of the dashboard is an understated multifunctional touch screen panel mounted centrally, controlling everything from climate and audio preferences to route navigation.
FOR A CAR THAT DOES 0-60 IN 3.2 SECONDS, ITS POISE AND BALANCE IS QUITE SIMPLY STAGGERING.
It has to be said, the satellite navigation was not great, but such was the drive that you almost wanted to be re-routed, just to spend more time driving the remarkable vehicle; with each acceleration – and deceleration – received with open-mouthed adoration from on lookers. It’s comfortable too. Low-down yes, but despite that very comfortable, as my elongated 6’2 frame can attest to, despite spending 600+ miles behind the wheel over the four days.
Price: From £143,250
Engine: 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8
Top Speed: 204mph
Having been blessed to drive equally, if not more powerful cars in the past, one thing that struck me was the control you had of the drive. At no point did you feel that the car was getting away from you (despite my greatest efforts) but rather there is a balance and reassuring grace the car gives you at all times. And while there was no mistaking that fact you were driving a supercar, there was a feeling that the 570S could be driven everyday; the car was as aggressive or as inhibited as you chose to make it. Granted at £143k, the price tag is hefty, but at a good £50k cheaper than the lauded McLaren 650s, there is no denying that the McLaren 570S is beyond great value for that supercar pound.