Although it’s been dubbed the ‘baby’ super car ever since McLaren released it, it’s received nothing but positive feedback from everyone who’s ever driven it. Weirdly, people seem to have a love/hate relationship with its bigger brother, the 650S, but not with the 570S. Following Audi’s announcement about the R8 V10 Plus Spyder, the McLaren 570S Spider seems to have conveniently just popped up out of nowhere.
We of course know that’s not the case. McLaren has been probably wrenching on the 570S for months to turn it into a convertible, waiting for the right opportunity to unveil it. The latest from Audi gave them exactly that. Want the stats? They are as follows: 3.8-liter turbocharged V8, 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.
Comparing it to the R8 V10 Plus Spyder seems unfair at first. The Audi’s got more horsepower and more torque, but things are not always as they appear. Because the McLaren 570S Spider is turbocharged, it makes its power a lot sooner in the rev range. As low as 5,000 rpm in fact. The Audi has to wait till 6,000 to get the most of its torque band.
Despite the fact it’s rear-wheel driven only, the 570S Spider can manage a 3.2-second sprint to 62 mph and go on to 196 mph. Although its top speed is slower than the R8’s, it can outaccelerate it by quite a bit.
It gets from 0 to 124 in 9.6 seconds, a full second faster than its Audi rival. The secret to its success? Weight. Or lack of thereof.
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Despite chopping off the solid roof and fitting an opening/closing mechanism as the one seen in the 650S and 675LT Spider, the McLaren 570S Spider has managed to keep the weight increase to a bare minimum: just 46 kilograms. Structural rigidity has not been compromised in any way, so it’s as strong as its Coupe sibling.
What’s the catch then? Well, if you must ask, it’s price. It may be a baby McLaren, but it will still set you back well over $209,000. That’s some $25k dearer than the Audi. Ouch. If you ask us, it’s still worth it though.