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2018 McLaren 570S and 570GT: Overview

What’s New for 2018?

The big news here is the arrival of the new 570S Spider convertible, which joins the 2018 McLaren 570S coupe and 570GT. The Spider features a retractable hardtop and revised rear-end styling. The changes add just 101 pounds to the convertible, which still claims the same 3.1-second 0-to-60 mph time, but sees its top speed reduced to 196 mph when the top is lowered.

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


The 570S, 570S Spider and 570GT mark the successful addition of an important 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 $191,000 with shipping (and before options), while the 570S spider and 570GT push well past the $200,000 range — 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 Senna supercar. 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 3.1-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. While the 2018 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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Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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