McLaren Set to Launch Sports Series with NY Debut of 570S

New sports car expected to target Porsche 911 Turbo.

by on Mar.25, 2015

The 570S Coupe will anchor the "base" of McLaren's new three-tier model strategy.

Wondering what an “entry-level” car from McLaren might look like? Well, you’ll have to settle for this teaser image until next week, when the British maker pulls the wraps completely off of the new 570S Coupe at the annual New York International Auto Show.

The much-watched debut will mark the completion of McLaren’s three-tier supercar strategy, with the Sports Series at the base, the Ultimate Series at the peak, and the Super Series in-between.

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McLaren is being tight with details, hoping to build interest in its April Fool’s Day debut, but it does reveal that the name of the 570S is shorthand for the fact that it will make 570PS, the German power measurement that translates into 562 horsepower.

The 570S will be “A pure McLaren, offering class-leading levels of performance coupled with optimized handling characteristics and driving dynamics,” the maker promises, adding that, “the 570S Coupe marks the first time McLaren has offered its original and race-derived technologies in the sports car segment.”

Among other things, that will include a carbon fiber-intensive body and chassis similar to what’s on the top-line McLaren P1 ultracar, as well as the mid-range 650S.

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The 570S Coupe will also follow McLaren’s approach to power which eschews big displacement engines in favor of smaller powertrains making gobs of power. Here that will be a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 turning out those 562 ponies.

The engine is expected to be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with racing-style paddle shifters.

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Little McLaren apparently has some big ambitions with the launch of the new 570S Coupe. Where the P1 daringly challenged the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Brits are now eyeing the Germans with their two-seat sports car set to make about 10 horsepower more than the Porsche 911 Turbo.

McLaren’s use of carbon fiber could also give it a potential weight advantage over the Porsche. Meanwhile, the carefully cropped image released here shows that the maker has put a lot of emphasis on managing airflow, likely to both reduce drag and improve downforce.

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McLaren is eventually expected to offer several models in the new Sports Series.

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One Response to “McLaren Set to Launch Sports Series with NY Debut of 570S”

  1. Jorge says:

    This must be McLaren’s strategy to self fund their F1 operations as they haven’t been able to find the right partners in resent years.