Another new kid on the block
McLaren 570S
text | Thomas Lam, Cheriy Li
photos | Kimio Ng
edit | Henry Lau
design | Franco Au-Yeung

McLaren has announced the arrival of the new Sports Series to the Hong Kong market. The brand selected the Shaw Studios, a significant venue where the groundbreaking McLaren 12C was first showcased back in 2011, for the launch event.

Applying the latest transformation of the McLaren design philosophy to the sports car segment, the 570S Coupé is the first style in the Sports Series and what can be noticed at a glance is its slick, ‘shrinkwrapped’ body. The aerodynamically optimised silhouette outshines its rivals easily as the McLaren design team has created not just presentable forms but also state-of-the-art details. For example, the rear flying buttresses is gracefully crafted and at the same time it can increase downforce. The meticulous door tendons direct additional air to cool the mid-mounted V8 engine.

The new 570S Coupé, like every McLaren, retains the brand’s DNA on core design and dynamic focus. It is powered by the optimised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine with 30 percent of new and improved components. High performances such as a powerful output of 570PS with light weight construction as well as the power-to-weight ratio at 434PS per tonne redefine the leading status. The new Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, while reaching 200 km/h in just 9.5 seconds with a top speed of 328 km/h. Weighing almost 150kg lighter than its closest competitor, the Sports Series merely weighs 1,313kg, a result easily achieved thanks to the unique lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis.

Equipped with a newly developed suspension system, the Sports Series model promises superb driver engagement and refinement, be it on the road or on the track. The system uses independent adaptive dampers with front and rear anti-rollbars, which is a distinction from the dual wishbones found on Super Series, Ultimate Series and Formula 1 cars. Under the familiar McLaren ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ handling settings, the adaptive dampers offer control over bump and rebound settings. The system provides a refined yet engaging ride in ‘Normal’ setting, while the ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes offer a more track-focused experience depending on driver’s requirements. Additionally, the twin damper valves allow extra precision in control.

The standard offer of the 570S Coupé comes with carbon ceramic discs (front: 394mm x 36mm / rear: 380mm x 34mm) with six-piston callipers on the front and four-piston callipers at the rear. Newly developed ABS software is also included and is bespoke to the Sports Series with emphasis on optimising the brake experience. What’s more, the pulsing through the pedal is significantly reduced under the control of this new system.

The suggested retail price of McLaren 570S Coupé is HK$3,200,000 up.