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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.

 

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