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2015 McLaren 570S revealed - pictures, pricing and specification

McLaren's 570S is the first model in the firm's entry-level Sports Series range and is on sale in April

Words ByDarren Moss

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The McLaren 570S is the first model in the firm's entry-level Sports Series range and goes on sale later this month following its debut at the New York motor show.

What is it?
The 570S is the latest sports car from McLaren and is envisioned as being the entry point to the firm's range.

Pitched against rivals like Porsche's 911 Turbo S and the Audi R8 V10 Plus, the 570S CoupΓ© will eventually be joined by other bodystyles, together making up the Sports Series range. The Sports Series is part of McLaren's three-tier strategy and sits underneath the firm's Super Series (containing the 650S and 675LT) and the Ultimate Series (containing the P1 hypercar).

The next model in the Sports Series range, understood to be aimed at the growing Asian market, is due to be unveiled at the Shanghai motor show next month.

The 570S CoupΓ© weighs in at 1313kg, meaning it has a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 428bhp per tonne. Crucial to that weight saving is McLaren's carbonfibre chassis, which is tweaked from the version used in the 650S.

Despite obvious styling similarities to other McLaren models, the 570S shares no panels with any other car in the firm's line-up. It has bespoke styling features, including aerodynamic front blades, side skirts and a rear diffuser. A fixed rear wing also features.

The 570S CoupΓ© sits on 19-inch wheels at the front with 20-inch units at the rear, all shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.

A second Sports Series model, dubbed 540C, is scheduled to be revealed in Shanghai later this month. That car, which should come with around 533bhp, will be destined for the Asian market and will cost around Β£127,000.

McLaren will also add to the Sports Series range with a more spacious and practical GT model in 2016, before bringing a spider to the line-up in around 2017.

What engines can I choose from?
As with other McLaren sports cars, the 570S CoupΓ© is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine producing 562bhp and 443lb ft of torque. McLaren says the car can reach 62mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 204mph.

The firm has also released economy and emissions figures, and the 570S can return up to 25.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 258g/km.

How much equipment does it come with?
More so than in other McLaren models, the focus in the 570S has been on luxury. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system features as part of the cabin and sits on a 'floating' centre console. A four-speaker McLaren Audio system is standard, but can be upgraded.

As usual, the interior can be personalised and upgraded thanks to the 'By McLaren' option scheme. Upgrades include new Alcantara, leather and carbonfibre trim.

As part of its focus on everyday driveability, the 570S CoupΓ© also offers a best-in-class front luggage capacity, at 144 litres.

How much will it cost?
The 570S is priced at Β£143,250 - that means it's pricier than the Β£137,500 Audi R8 V10 Plus, and also costs more than the Β£142,120 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

How good are its rivals?
Both the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Audi R8 V10 Plus are very accomplished sports cars. Both models currently have a What Car? four-star rating.