The Mclaren 570S is all about balance: balancing track and road performance, balancing the goals of light weight and power, and, of course, balancing the books. After all, McLaren is trying to build a supercar empire here, and with the 570S line, it aims to triple its sales from 2015 to 2020. Slotting in under the 650 and 675 at the time of its debut, the £145,000 goes for the jugular of such popular cars as the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8.

Speed and Comfort

First up, McLaren installed a 562 bhp 3.8 litre V8 that, like so many of today’s supercars, uses twin-turbochargers to develop its monumental power. The outcome is impressive: Sixty miles per hour arrives in 3.1 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 204 mph. Compared to the unit in the higher-level Super Series, the 570’s carbon-fibre tub chassis is more open for easier access to the cabin, which has also been enlarged to aid in comfort. There is that balancing act again.

On Track and In Town

Balance is a term that can also be applied to the car’s handling characteristics. The amazingly compliant suspension instantly transforms into a corner-carving monster when needed. A scant 1,350-kg dry weight helps with track performance as well, of course. So, while the 570S must find an equilibrium between all-out performance and everyday comfort, it has scored incredibly high on both counts in an amazing feat of engineering. No wonder McLaren has such high hopes for its new Sport Series.

Conclusion

After the 570S Coupe debuted, the baby McLaren, called the 540C, took to bottom rung from the 570S, while the 570S Spider and the more road-oriented 570GT broadened the appeal of the line up even further. While it may not have the decades-long pedigree of the 911 line, the new McLaren line presents a mighty appealing alternative to those Stuttgart machines. Those willing to stray from the pack will find a lot to love about this Woking-built sweetheart.

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