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CLUBHOUSE | DRIVING RANGE McLAREN MUSCLE THE 570S FROM McLAREN OFFERS LOOKS, PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY FROM A CLASS ABOVE, WRITES BEN OLIVER. SCORECARD McLaren 570S How much? TBD Engine: Power: 3799cc twin-turbo V8 570PS (562bhp) (419kW) @ 7500rpm Transmission: 7- speed Seamless Shift dual clutch Performance: 0-100kph 3.2sec, 328kph How heavy? 1344kgs wo of McLaren’s most senior executives described the new McLaren of the 570S and 650S to tell you that they’re 570S to me as “transformative” and “the most important car we’ve different models. Nor is there any real difference ever made” at its launch party in New York last month. But you in size or configuration. The 570S will sell for might not guess at its significance from its looks or its name. around 75 per cent of the price of the 650S, In 2010, McLaren’s talismanic leader Ron Dennis launched his making it likely to cost from around HK$3.4m plan to turn his world-beating Formula 1 team into a supercar when Hong Kong prices are confirmed. Yet maker that would rival Ferrari on the road as well as the track. it shares the F1-style carbonThere would be three models, he told us. The first was the fibre tub construction of the We wondered if MP4-12C, which has already been superseded by the 650S. This 650S and even the P1, and has the simpler 570S is McLaren’s ‘heartland’ car: a direct rival for the Ferrari 488GTB. a version of the twin-turbo V8 It anchors McLaren’s ‘Super Series’, joined by the closely related, from the 650S, also mounted might be sweeter more comfortable, Asia-only 625C and the more powerful in the middle. I was among the to drive than the 675LT. Above them sits the ‘Ultimate Series’, composed of very first in the world to see the impressive but the P1 hypercar and the track-only GTR. And now comes the 570S when it was unveiled at critical 570S and the detuned, softer 540C which will follow. an event for just over a hundred slightly digital These are McLaren’s ‘Sports Series’, and their importance lies in people in a warehouse in New and remote 650S the fact that if they’re as successful as Ron hopes, they’ll treble York’s Meatpacking District, and McLaren’s output to almost 5,000 cars each year. I can report that it looks even Don’t beat yourself up if you’re confused by the naming strategy. The number better than its more expensive sibling: more refers to the power output, the S and C to Sport and Comfort. Unlike – for voluptuous and muscular. example – BMW’s 3-, 5- and 7-series, there’s nothing in the model designation Costs have been cut: the active 26 HK GOLFER・MAY 2015 HKGOLFER.COM T aerodynamics and suspension of the 650S have gone, and the body panels are mostly aluminium rather than carbon fibre. But the 570S still offers looks, performance and technology from a class above for the price of a well-optioned Porsche 911 Turbo. The discussion among the racing drivers and car designers and McLaren customers with me in New York that night wasn’t whether Ron would hit his sales targets with this car and establish McLaren as a Ferrari rival. Instead we wondered if the simpler 570S might be sweeter to drive than the impressive but slightly digital and remote 650S, and whether that car’s customers might not all just buy a 570S instead. That kind of talk is useful intelligence for any HK Golfer reader lucky enough to be tempted by a McLaren. The firm hasn’t even released the first 570S for testing yet. I’ll drive it as soon as they do. But if you delay getting your deposit down, you might have a long, long wait. HKGOLFER.COM HK GOLFER・MAY 2015 27



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