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2017 McLaren 570S and 570GT: Overview

What’s New for 2017?

The big news here is the arrival of the new 570GT, which joins the 2017 McLaren 570S as a more user-friendly, daily-drivable exotic sports car.

What We Like

Good looks; good performance; reasonable pricing compared to other McLaren models

What We Don’t

Styling is too similar to other McLaren models; still very expensive

Overview

The 570S and 570GT mark the addition of a new model line to the McLaren range: an entry-level sports car. Of course, we say "entry-level" with a chuckle, because these cars are anything but: The 570S starts around $189,000 with shipping (and before options), while the 570GT is $200,000 — well out of the reach of the vast majority of car shoppers.

Then again, the 570S is indeed at the bottom of the McLaren totem pole, which also includes the $270,000-plus 720S and the $1-million-plus P1 supercar, which is now out of production. Of course, the starting point of the McLaren world isn’t a bad place to be. The 570S and 570GT still offer 562 horsepower and a 3.2-second 0-to-60 time, which is amazing by any measure. Still, it’s certainly a shade off the more powerful upcoming 720S, which boasts an almost unbelievable 710 horsepower — and a 0-to-60 time of 2.9 seconds.

Beyond its performance numbers, the 570S and 570GT have a lot to offer, including handsome styling — though we think they look a little too much like the brand’s other models. There’s also excellent weight distribution, a midengine design, enthusiast-preferred rear-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Shoppers interested in a high-strung weekend toy will prefer the 570S, while the 570GT will be the car of choice for drivers interested in something a little quieter — and with a little more comfort. Although the 570S and 570GT are currently only offered as a coupe, we could see a convertible arriving in the future — much like other McLaren models. And while the 2017 McLaren 570S and 570GT are technically "entry-level" models, they drive like anything but — and we’re truly impressed with their high-performance feel on the road.

 
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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