The problem with supercars, is there’s always a crowd. During the several days I had with the 2020 McLaren 570S, our only alone time as a couple was in my tight, tiny garage. Once that garage door opened and the car was backed into the driveway, it was only a matter of minutes before people started showing up. Just pulling into the fuel station to add go-juice to the car meant half an hour of photo taking and answering questions. It gets brutal.
At a glance
- 3.8-liter twin-turbo, 90-degree V8 that outputs 562 horsepower
- Decidedly British engine note and very clean engine/transmission pairing
- Beautiful, flowing design with carbon fiber everything
- Unique driver controls for handling and powertrain
- A dream to drive
The celebrity-status-by-proximity is intoxicating at first, but it quickly wears thin. This, I surmise, is why middle-class folks don’t own US$233,000 cars. That price tag assumes a mansion, security fence, and probably caviar for breakfast.
But what do you get for that two hundred and thirty three grand? A lot of car. Lots of it. First, McLaren carbon fibers everything but the seatbelts, or close to it. The whole car only weighs about 3,313 pounds (1,503 kg) and is propelled by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo, dry sump lubed, all-aluminum 90-degree V8 that outputs 562 horsepower (419 kW). As a side note, doing the conversion from standard HP to metric, we get 570 PS. Hence the McLaren’s model number.