“That’s the starter McLaren, right?” That was the question from the young man at the Saturday morning Cars & Coffee when I rolled up in the brilliant Vega Blue McLaren 570S Spider with the top down.
It is true that the 570 is McLaren’s least-expensive model sold in the U.S. (they have a 540 in other markets), but the drop-top model’s base price is still $208,800 and our test car’s bottom line was $235,340.
“The McLaren 570S Spider is the most attainable McLaren Spider to date and adds yet another dimension to the McLaren Sports Series family, stated McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt.
“This is a convertible without compromise; its mid-engined layout and carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis guarantee the same thrilling dynamic performance and exceptional driver involvement enjoyed in a 570S Coupe, but with the added attraction of a retractable hardtop that delivers the extra exhilaration of roof-down motoring.”
But there are more things than just a stiff price tag that ensure that this brilliant machine is nobody’s ‘starter’ sports car.
1. Formula 1-worthy chassis
Every McLaren is built on an all-carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis tub, just like the MP4/1, the world’s first carbon fiber Formula 1 car that McLaren introduced in 1981. What does set the 570S Spider apart from costlier models like the 720S we tested previously, is that the 570 uses conventional steel coil spring suspension, while the 720S employs McLaren’s active hydraulic suspension.
That means that the 570’s ride isn’t quite a cushy as that of the 720, but its handling is as crisp and responsive as anything on the road.
2. Aero Styling
The 570S’s bodywork moves more air than the shop vac you use at the car wash to get the Cheerios out from under your car’s seats. There are scoops, ducts and vents everywhere, each of them tasked with either helping the 570S slide through the air effortlessly, to use the air to cool the car’s mighty 562-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, or to help stick the car to the ground more securely.
3. Advanced Instrumentation
At the track, grip depends significantly on the temperature of the tires, and the 570S Spider ensures that its driver knows the exact temperature of its tire for the same reason. The display on the dashboard also shows the car’s forecast days of battery life when parked, because all of its electronic systems draw power even when the car is turned off.
And returning home to find a dead car battery in the airport parking lot has more downside than running your phone battery dead, so McLaren lets drivers know how long they can safely park the car without fear of stranding.
4. Fierce sound
The 570S Spider’s engine barks with an authority that leaves no doubt about the car’s ferocity. This is amplified by McLaren’s optional $5,760 MSO Defined Titanium SuperSports Exhaust, which is louder and lighter than the standard exhaust.
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Source:: MAXIM – News