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
By: Dan Carney, Maxim