Test Drive: McLaren 570S

Some of the most iconic road cars of our era come from brands who have a strongly backed racing heritage and a proven formula. McLaren is one of these brands with strong ties in Formula 1 and their evolution in racing has been jam packed into their latest Sports Series car, the McLaren 570S.

PART ONE: BRAND EXPERIENCE

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Before we get into the 570S, lets take closer look at the brand positioning and current offering through the Sydney dealership.

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Drawing upon 50 years of racing success, some of the most notable cars which McLaren have produced are the carbon monocoque McLaren F1 and the more recent jaw dropping McLaren P1.

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Whilst the P1 cannot be street registered in Australia, the next best substitute being the latest 720S and outgoing 650S is available through the Sydney outlet.

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The state of the art showroom offers customers the chance to completely personalise their car through a bespoke program known as Mclaren Special Operations (MSO).

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The current road car offering from McLaren can be separated into three categories including the Sports Series for everyday use, the Super Series for special use and the Ultimate Series for the most road legal track experience available.

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The entry of a series of new models from McLaren has been aggressive to attract new customers in different segments, and each car serves a very different purpose.

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Our recent test of the McLaren 570S proved that the brands racing heritage lies truly within the DNA of the modern sports car, so lets explore the 570S in more detail.

PART TWO: THE 570S DRIVE

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The baby McLaren is capable of a 0 – 100km/h sprint in just 3.2 seconds and is powered by a twin turbo V8 capable of producing 419kW.

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On the road the 570S feels well balanced thanks to the stiff chassis and manoeuvring feedback is direct from the hydraulic steering system.

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The seven speed twin clutch gearbox can shift between Normal, Sport and Track modes with notable calibration between each mode. For most of our drive, the car was locked in Track mode and the engagement was quick and precise.

PART THREE: THE 570S ATTRACTION

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We’ll start off by saying that if you want attention then this is the car for you. Driving around Sydney, the car received all sorts of looks, comments and even fan-girl screams.

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It’s easy to see why the 570S demands attention as well. A large part of the design has been inspired and borrowed off the McLaren P1, it’s an aerodynamic masterpiece.

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The sculpted bodywork is evident from the front, not only is it a happy looking car but the sharp pointed design has been applied to pierce air and reduce drag by forming four different air division quadrants.

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As we spent more time with the car, the obsession with aero became more evident. Take for example the cockpit support, it links the roof of the car to a flowing rear deck whilst directing air cooling to the engine and downforce to the body.

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From a side profile, this detail is almost hidden and that’s what makes the 570S so appealing, it’s all about function, with form still applied through the striking design language.

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Lightweight carbon fibre can be found throughout the car and for those of you into technical specs, the 570S has a carbon fibre chassis with aluminium bodywork weighing in at 1,313kg.

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From the rear, it shares even more design cues from the McLaren P1, including slim light blade LED tail lights and a floating rear diffuser.

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Now for a signature feature, the dihedral doors. For a car of this calibre (we’ll call it a daily supercar), getting in and out of the 570S was surprisingly and relatively easy.

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The dihedral doors are made of lightweight aluminium and extend all the way to the front wheel arches. The angular opening position makes getting in and out a breeze (trust us, we tried it with our mothers).

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As expected, the wheel and brake setup is up the task. The wheels in our model featured a minimal spoke design and standard issued carbon ceramic brakes.

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One extra detail that we loved about the 570S was the night time locking function. When you lock the car at night each parker light and indicator lights up in a different sync, a simple additional feature but it once again demonstrates this is not your regular sports car.

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A noteable dislike from us was the restriction of not being able to open the engine cover. Unlike other sports cars of similar calibre, the engine is not easily accessible by simply lifting the cover due to bolts in place to hold it down.

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The interior is driver focused and simple, yet it still reflects the quality craftsmanship that we’ve come to expect from a British car. Noteworthy additions include a leather dash, alcantara wrapped steering wheel, seats, door trim, roof and double stitched detailing.

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The floating effect infotainment system was one of the better ones that we’ve experienced in any modern car because it simply does what it needs to do without any overcomplicated gimmicks. The interface eliminates any over bloated software, is easy to use and almost the whole car can be controlled through the system known as IRIS. If we were to nitpick, the reverse camera lagged at times.

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Overall the 570S is a worthy contender if you’re in that spending bracket. It’s got the supercar looks with daily drive dynamics. The model that we tested is approximtely $408,000 on the road. To view some of the cars at McLaren Sydney, visit the Trivett Bespoke online listing or showroom.

MCLAREN SYDNEY
75-85 O’Riordan Street
Alexandria, NSW, 2015
(02) 8338 2188
sydney.mclaren.com