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McLaren 570GT – The everyday supercar

Jeff Glucker May 17, 2017 Featured, Reviews, Road Test Reviews 7 Comments

McLaren makes an entry-level car, and it goes by the name 570GT. Now, entry level to McLaren means you’ll still need to remove over $200,000 from your bank account to come and play… but in these insane times, that actually makes it relatively affordable compared to the competition.

What you get for all of that coin is a 3.8-liter V8 paired with a set of turbochargers that work together to produce 562 horsepower. What you also get is a truly great driving machine that dances the line between grand tourer and sports car.

Yet don’t get too cozy… because when you’re ready to destroy any road in front of you, that ability is a button press and dial twist away.

[Disclaimer: McLaren tossed us the keys to the 570GT and included a tank of fuel.]

  • cap’n fast

    I am wondering what car Mclaren design engineers could do with existing technology, two seats and a limited amount of billable money, say $50,000US. we are all aware what can be accomplished with a orbital amount of funding and an asking price any Saudi prince would be willing to pay. As a merely technical exercise, not that they would bother to build it in units necessary for it to be profitable-or maybe a
    Chinese manufacturer for export? as things are, on how many hands can you count the number of new quality, performance cars can you- the average joe- see in your drive.
    here in the US, we don’t get decent performance cars. we get retro trash and overpriced sedans. it is disgusting to me. or, is that just me? were i a financial success in life i would have two M570GT(incase one needed to be washed) and a lawn tractor made by Lamborghini.

    • outback_ute

      This may have the side effect of producing something that would be enjoyable to drive reasonably hard at road-sensible speeds too, not just on a racetrack.

      • Rover 1

        “something that would be enjoyable to drive reasonably hard at road-sensible speeds too, not just on a racetrack”
        Is what sums up McLarens. They are like the best Lotii in having a very good ride as well as good handling.
        The point with this model is that it’s the same price as (Say) an Audi R8, the top sportiest car of a volume manufacturer’s lineup. But it’s a carbon fibre McLaren, rarer and better made and faster than a Ferrari.

        • outback_ute

          Faster than a Ferrari also means that at road speeds it isn’t even awake though doesn’t it? Perhaps someone who has driven one can correct me? I can’t imagine you could use hard acceleration for more than a few seconds at a time.

          The only comparable thing I’ve driven was a Gallardo at the supercars place (Exotics Racing) in Las Vegas where they have a track setup in the Speedway car park. But even an everyday performance car can go faster than what is prudent for the sight lines on a twisty forest/mountain road.

          • Rover 1

            When cars have as much power as they’re getting nowadays, you obviously can’t use all the performance most of the time. With most performance cars, though, you’re stuck with suspension settings and power delivery set for using all that performance on a race track. At lower speeds these give a jiggly, harsh, uncomfortable ride and power not where you need it at lower revs. The genius of McLarens is that their suspension design & settings give good handling at racetrack speeds and ‘limousine like ride’ * at low speeds. This makes the car much more useable in ordinary use. like a more powerful, easier to use, Mk1 Acura/Honda NSX.

            * Autocar magazine

            • cap’n fast

              all of which is why i wanted to hear others ideas/opinions/thoughts on the subject. having driven some of the mopar/gm/ford/bmw/benz/etc.etc. cars with more power than common sense( very fun), i realize that they are uncomfortable to drive on the street. on a track i am all for it.
              thanks

    • Hubba

      The base price of a Corvette is 55K, and it has a performance envelope that’s indistinguishable from a McLaren or Ferrari on the road. Would be interesting to see whether just tuning would close the refinement gap.