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Mclaren Sports Series launches in South Africa

The Mclaren Sports Series is tasked with more than double the annual production volume by 2017. The offer brings McLaren values to a highly contested corner of the market for the first time.

The Sports Series will start from R2.8M, which will introduce McLaren race-derived technologies and design values to a new type of customer and attract an entirely different market segment.

“This is an exciting and long awaited development from McLaren,” agrees Justin Divaris, CEO Daytona.

“Potential customers have been looking forward to the day they could add a McLaren to their vehicle perusing list as it matches their price range. At this price point, the Sports Series gives the Porsche 911, Ferrari, Bentley, Range Rover, Maserati and S-Class Mercedes owner an additional option when shopping around for a new vehicle,” explains Divaris.

The McLaren 570S will be on display at the McLaren showroom in Sandton from 11 September and in Cape Town from 2 October. To commemorate this special occassion, the new McLaren Cape Town showroom will be opening at the V & A Waterfront in Breakwater Drive.

Like every McLaren, the performance of the 570S Coupé is breathtaking. It combines, as its names suggests, a power output of 570PS (562bhp) with light weight construction to give a class leading power-to-weight ratio of 434PS per tonne. The 570S accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, while 200 km/h is reached in just 9.5 seconds with the pace not letting up until the car reaches a top speed of 328 km/h.

The cabin of the 570S has been designed with the driver in mind. It provides a clear focus on engagement, visibility, functionality and more than any other McLaren, day-to-day usability and space. As standard, the sports seats are leather upholstered and racing seats are optional – offering a high level of long distance comfort and support. The dashboard and steering wheel are also all leather trimmed. Intelligent and ergonomic design within the cabin provides extended storage space.

The Sports Series features an evolution of the 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine, named M838TE, with 30 percent of components bespoke to the new model. It produces 570PS (562 bhp) at 7,400 rpm, and 600Nm of torque at 5,000-6,500 rpm. Power is delivered through a seven-speed SSG transmission and transferred to the road through the rear wheels. This power is brought under control with standard-fit carbon ceramic brakes, fitted behind a newly designed range of forged alloy wheel options with P Zero™ Corsa tyres as standard from McLaren technical partner, Pirelli.

The unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis has been newly designed with more of a focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress and egress from the cabin. It is incredibly strong and stiff yet weighs less than 80kg, offering optimum levels of protection. This lightweight structure, and the use of aluminium body panels, contributes to a dry weight of as low as 1,313kg (2,895lbs), almost 150kg lighter than its closest competitor.

Large ultra bright LED headlamps, fitted as standard to all Sports Series models, flank a sculpted bonnet which channels airflow over the front wheel arches. The dihedral doors, a McLaren design signature since the iconic F1, possess a three dimensional form including a ‘floating’ door tendon which houses a discreet door button. This unique feature divides the airflow, channelling it into the side intakes and underneath the flying buttresses. This architectural structure ensures drag is minimised along the profile of the 570S, while also optimising levels of cooling and downforce.