McLaren 570S Spider Review – Sports Car Or Supercar?

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Some cars blur the line between supercars and hypercars, but McLaren calls the 570S a sports car. Hmmm.

McLaren’s newest release, the Senna, has caused quite a stir among enthusiasts. For starters, it actually has received a bit of a cold welcome, and although that’s a bit mysterious at first, we’ve broken down why: Ultra expensive hypercars are so expensive and unattainable, that they simply don’t have appeal to the folks who want a simple drive. Luckily, the 570S fixes that.

Typically, a sports car is a small, two seat car made for nimble handling. Often times you’ll find those sports cars are open top, as well. Ticking every single one of those boxes is the spider you see here. Opposed to the Senna, the 570S is more “attainable.”

But even more importantly, the car brings back the absolute utter joy of driving. In the video, 6SpeedOnline friend Manuel showcases that there’s a direct connection to how wide open the throttle is and how wide your smile will be. At your service is Mclaren’s twin-turbo V8 motor. Tiny it might be by American standards at just 3.8 liters, but tiny the power number is not. On tap is 562 grin inducing horsepower.


“Once I make sure the coast is clear, I hit the throttle. Bang. The McLaren’s 562-horsepower, 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged, flat-plane crank V8 engine lights up behind me.”


What if things are a bit normal about the 570S Spider, though? By normal, we’re not talking about the theatrics of the doors, but rather the way it drives when you turn down the pace and start enjoying the scenery. Unlike supercars of yore, the 570S refuses to beat you up as you cruise around town, or even rumble on down the highway (top up or down). Managing to carve corners makes sense when you look at the car, but appearances belie the fact this car is truly great during every mile of your journey.

Want to hear everything our friend Manuel has to say about the McLaren 570S? Check out his review, right here.

Editor’s Note: We asked Manuel for some of his “leftover” shots from his time with the McLaren 570S and he was happy to oblige. Check this thing out, it is gorgeous.


Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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