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2018 McLaren 570S: Real World Review

The McLaren 570S has an MSRP of around $190,000, but believe it or not, this is considered a lower-end model in the McLaren family. That’s a lot of money to spend on any car, but considering what you’re getting, it could actually be considered a bargain.

The 570S makes 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8, rockets from 0-60 mph in just three seconds and has race car-inspired engineering throughout with features like a strong, but light, carbon fiber chassis.

Cars like this are fun to dream about, but that dream briefly became a reality for the Autotrader staff. Having spent some time behind the wheel of a McLaren 570S, we can tell you what this supercar is actually like to drive on the street.

Surprisingly Road-Friendly

Just by looking at this McLaren, you can tell it was born for the track. While it’s certainly a tremendous track car, we were surprised by how well this car performs as an everyday street car. Our editor Dwight found the seats to be comfortable and the visibility to be better than he expected.

Our editor Ben also found it to be comfortable, and noted smoother-than-expected suspension without much of the roughness often associated with cars like this. He said he could even see it being used as a daily driver for someone with the means to afford it.

Elegant Power

Dwight noted how much he felt the G-force when he accelerated in the 570S, but he didn’t find it to be a brute force like you’d find in more affordable high-horsepower cars. Instead, it was more elegant and agreeable, making it comfortable to accelerate to high speeds. However, he also pointed out that the foot box was a little cramped, without much room for your feet down by the pedals.

Awkward to Park

Something you might not normally think of when considering a supercar is how easy it is to park. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the striking design, amazing performance numbers and amazingly high prices of these cars that everyday practicality might not come to mind.

Our editor Tommy found this McLaren hard to get into gear and a little more complicated than it should have been to park. Rather than just putting the car in park, you need to put it in neutral and engage the parking brake, which is normal for a car with a manual transmission, but this McLaren has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Overall, we found the McLaren 570S to be a surprisingly agreeable road car for a supercar with a top speed of 204 mph. It’s still not the most practical car considering its limited seating and cargo space, not to mention its rather high price tag, but if you’re in the market for a supercar you can actually drive every day, the McLaren 570S should be on your list.

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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy Metro as his only car for a year and regrets nothing.

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