2021 Mclaren 570S

MSRP $195,000

Ranked #8 in Compact Coupe

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2021 Mclaren 570S Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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McLarens has always been known for its breathtaking engineering and excellent dynamics. The McLaren 570S manages to offer all that and even more in some aspects, and is arguably the best sports car money can buy if you value performance above all else. With a base price of nearly $200,000, the 570S is not exactly cheap, but it is the most affordable way to enter the McLaren family.

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Pros

Mesmerizing looks

Excellent dynamics and fun to drive

Supercar levels of performance

Capable V-8 powertrain

Butterfly doors

Cons

Least practical option in its class

Limited feature list

Expensive to buy and maintain

Cramped interiors with minimal cargo space

What's New?

Since the 570S is expected to be replaced in 2022 by the upcoming Artura, it gets no major updates and is carried over for 2021.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$195000

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

203 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

232 cu.in.

horsepower

562 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

443 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

7 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

178.4 in.

width

76 in.

height

47.3 in.

curb weight

3212 lbs.

ground clearance

3.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

5.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2800 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

10.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

418 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

36 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

1 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$195,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mclaren 570S in Abyss color
Abyss

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.9

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


Don’t let the price tag fool you though, the McLaren 570S is every bit as advanced as its more expensive stablemates with a powerful V-8 engine lifted from the P1 and a lightweight carbon fiber chassis. The 570S was launched in 2015 as a new model to fill the entry-level segment with the DNA of a true McLaren. With no major updates for 2021, the 570S is expected to be replaced by the upcoming Artura hybrid sports car in 2022.The 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe continues to compete with the Audi R8, Nissan GT-R Nismo, and the newly refreshed Porsche 911 Turbo S.

2021 Mclaren 570S Coupe front view
2021 Mclaren 570S Coupe rear view

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

9.9/10
Competition


2021 Mclaren 570S Features

You’re not spoilt for choice when choosing trim levels, as the 570S is only available in one configuration. However, it is fairly well equipped with features like sports seats with leather upholstery, a 7-inch infotainment system, automatic wipers and headlights, staggered alloy wheels with 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and more.

McLaren also offers carbon fiber and blacked-out styling packages. The luxury pack brings in some creature comforts like power-adjustable seats with heating, an upgraded 12-speaker audio system, and more. For track use, the optional track pack includes racing seats, upgraded wheels, telemetry, and a lot more.

Trim

Base

MSRP (RWD)

$193,600

Key Features

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

19-inch Alloys

 

Automatic LED projector headlamps

 

7-inch infotainment system with navigation

 

Font sports seats with leather upholstery

 

Keyless entry with push-button start

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Sports exhaust system

Which Trim should you buy?

Since the 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe is a high-performance sports car, there is only one trim available with a starting price of around $200,000. It is fairly well equipped with plenty of luxuries especially if you opt for the luxury pack that adds heated and power-adjustable front seats, adjustable steering, and an upgraded 12-speaker audio system. If you plan on hitting the track often, the optional track pack is also recommended for improved performance.

2021 Mclaren 570S Engine and Performance

8.5/10

With no major updates to the drivetrain for 2021, the 570S continues to get the same 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 engine lifted from the McLaren P1 supercar without all the hybrid gizmos. However, the smallest McLaren offers supercar levels of performance with 562 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to reach 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of over 200 MPH.The V-8 also lets out a glorious soundtrack when on the boil.

2021 Mclaren 570S Coupe engine bay

Helping the engine transfer all power to the rear wheels is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. From a dead stop, the 570S crosses the quarter-mile in just 10.5 seconds. Acceleration is brisk and the McLaren responds well to quick inputs, pushing you back into your seat as a supercar should. However, it is also very forgiving and controlled when driven normally, especially if you opt for the GT model. The 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe also gets advanced technologies like brake steer, which applies to the inner wheels through a corner, to make sure the car sticks to the line.

Models

2021 McLaren 570S

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance 

2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO

MSRP

$193,600

$203,500

$196,700

$210,740

Engine

3.8-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-8

3.8-liter Twin-Turbocharged Flat-6

5.2-liter Naturally Aspirated V-10

3.8-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed dual-clutch shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

562 @ 7,500

640 @ 6,750

602 @ 8,100

600 @ 6,800

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

443 @ 5,000

590 @ 2,500

413 @ 6,700

481 @ 3,600

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.2

2.2

2.8

2.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

10.5

10.5

10.6

10.8

Top-Speed (MPH)

204

205

206

205

Despite the high performance and lightweight chassis, the 570S still falls behind all of its rivals in terms of outright acceleration to 60 mph due to its rear-wheel-drive setup. However, being the least powered car, the McLaren manages to stay neck and neck with the Porsche which is the fastest of the lot. The newly launched Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe tops the list, followed by both the Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R.

How well does the 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe handle?

From the moment you set off, the McLaren feels like a purpose-built racing car that can easily scare you silly when taken to the limit. Driver engagement takes top priority with responsive steering and excellent dynamics courtesy of the well-balanced carbon fiber chassis. The 570S is also the lightest sports car in its class, helping it remain nimble and surefooted at higher speeds.

As standard, the 570S gets Pirelli Corsa tires with a staggered wheel setup. As a daily car, the 570S falls behind its rivals with standard rear-wheel drive, in a class mostly occupied by all-wheel-drive models like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911. Although performance is impressive, the 570S falls short of a regular cruiser because of its compromised refinement levels.

2021 McLaren 570S Braking Performance

Being a McLaren, the brakes are as well-engineered as the rest with excellent performance and control. The 570S gets carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers at the front as standard, providing consistent braking with minimal fade even after several laps of the track.McLaren also includes their Formula-1 derived braking technology as standard, which applies pressure to the inner wheels during a corner to help it maintain composure and stay on the line. The rotors are also smaller than most rivals, measuring 14.6 inches at the front and 13.8 inches at the rear.

Models

2021 McLaren 570S

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance

2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.6

16.5

15

15.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

15.3

14

15

Curb Weight (lbs)

2895 lb.

3636 lb.

3638 lb.

3867 lb.

60-0 (feet)

N/A

N/A

96

95

With bigger braking hardware, the new Porsche 911 takes the lead again followed by the McLaren 570S and Nissan GT-R NISMO, both of which offer similar braking hardware. However, the braking numbers of the Porsche are unavailable. On the contrary, the Audi R8 stops at 96 feet and the GTR smashes the R8 with a braking distance of 95 feet. Being a very light car, the McLaren is expected to offer the best braking performance of the bunch.

2021 Mclaren 570S Fuel Economy

6.0/10

For a high-performance sports car, the 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe is surprisingly efficient during regular usage, returning 15 MPG in the city, and 22 MPG on the highway. Fuel capacity is also adequate at 19 gallons, giving it an ln impressive highway range of 285 miles in the city and 418 miles on the highway. There is no hybrid tech available with the 570S to boost economy figures.

Models

2021 McLaren 570S

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance

2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO

MPG (City)

15

15

13

16

MPG (Highway)

22

20

20

22

MPG (Combined)

18

17

16

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19

17.6

19.3

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

285/418/342

264/352/299

251/386/309

312/429/351

Surprisingly, the McLaren 570S is one of the most efficient sports cars in its class, returning an impressive 18 MPG combined, matched only by the Nissan GT-R NISMO. The Porsche 911 Turbo S takes the second spot, while the Audi R8 with its big V10 engine is the least efficient returning only 13 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. However, the R8 boasts a large tank which boosts up its range.

2021 Mclaren 570S Interior

7.0/10

Like all McLarens, the 570S gets a simple interior with plenty of exposed carbon fiber. The central vertical infotainment display sits in the middle with a floating design. Ride mode controls and the gear lever are placed on the center console with carbon-fiber surrounds. The higher door sills and low seating does compromise ergonomics, making it difficult to get in and out easily. Interior space is average for the class, and the 570S gets sports seats for both the driver and passenger with leather upholstery.

2021 Mclaren 570S Coupe cockpit area

McLaren has made a lot of compromises in the name of weight reduction like the abysmal cargo capacity and limited feature list. However, opting for the luxury pack brings in a lot of features like power-adjustable front seats with heating, and a 12-speaker audio system. Cargo capacity is limited to just 5.3 cubic feet because of the mid-engined layout and compact dimensions.

Models

2021 McLaren 570S

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance

2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO

Seating Capacity

2

4

2

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

38.5/59.1/40.9

38.1/54.3/44.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

33.5/50/26.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

5.3

4.5

8

8.8

With an abysmal cargo capacity of 5.3 cubic feet, the McLaren 570S is the least practical sports car in its class. The Audi R8 also gets a 2 seater configuration with better cargo space at 8 cubic feet, while both the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R NISMO can squeeze in two more passengers. As a result, the Porsche and GT-R can also be used daily driven exotic cars. Some notable interior features include:

  • Fully digital instrument cluster
  • Keyless entry
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
  • Front sports seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe continues to get the same 7-inch infotainment system as standard. Although all the modern features like Bluetooth, navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, a 4-speaker audio system, and more are included as standard, the interface feels sluggish at times, and almost all systems including climate control are accessed through the display. Overall, for a sportscar that focuses on the drive, a lot of these issues can be forgiven, and the system is adequate for the most part.

2021 Mclaren 570S Coupe infotainment screen

The advanced fully digital instrument cluster also includes various functions including telemetry. Some standout infotainment features include:

  • A 7-inch vertical touchscreen infotainment system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Optional 12-speaker premium audio system
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

2021 Mclaren 570S Exterior

8.5/10

Unlike most of its rivals, the 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe can easily be mistaken for a high-performance supercar even though it is the entry-level baby McLaren. With a similar design as the P1 supercar, the 570S gets a sleek design with C-shaped Led headlights, taillights, and flared wheel arches. The side vents are well integrated, and gel well with the overall design.

2021 Mclaren 570S Coupe 

McLaren also uses a staggered wheel setup with 19-inch alloys at the front and 20-inch alloys at the rear.However, unlike its bigger brothers, there are no active aerodynamic elements on offer and instead, rely on fixed airflow solutions. In terms of dimensions, the McLaren appears to be one of the compact cars in the segment followed by the Audi R8. As far as the weight is concerned, McLaren boasts its lightweight advantage which further helps with the agility while driving on the track.

Models

2021 McLaren 570S

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance

2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO

Curb Weight (lbs)

2895 lb.

3636 lb.

3638 lb.

3867 lb.

Length (inches)

178.3

178.6

174.3

184.6

Width (inches)

76

74.9

76.4

74.6

Height (inches)

47.3

51.3

48.7

53.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

96.5

104.3

109.4

In terms of overall dimensions, the McLaren 570S is as compact as the Porsche 911 Turbo S, overshadowing the Audi R8. With a conventional design, the Nissan GT-R is bigger than all of its rivals measuring a length of 184.6 inches, a width of 74.6 inches, and a height of 53.9 inches. Also, the GTR dominates the competition in terms of weight.Some of the notable exterior features include:

  • Automatic projector LED headlights
  • Lip spoiler
  • 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Black design inserts including the front grille and window trims
  • LED C-shaped brake lights

2021 Mclaren 570S Safety

6.0/10

Because of its high sticker price and limited sales, the McLaren 570S hasn't been tested by government agencies. The 570S is also devoid of any driver assistance features even as an option since the car is put on a diet for better performance. It still gets all the regulated features like 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and more. Tire pressure monitoring, parking sensors at both ends, and a backup camera system are also included as standard. Like most McLarens, the 570S also uses a complete carbon fiber monocoque chassis the offers excellent rigidity and safety. Some notable safety features include:

  • Roll stability control
  • Brake steer
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Dynamic Electronic Stability Control (DESC
  • Traction Control (TC)

2021 Mclaren 570S Competition

9.9/10

2021 McLaren 570S Coupe vs 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Over the years, the Porsche 911 has developed a reputation for being the most usable and practical sports car on the market with compromised performance. However, with the latest model, the Porsche 911 Turbo S is now the quickest in its segment, beating the McLaren 570S in terms of outright performance, and braking all the while offering two more seats and a usable cargo area. As an everyday sports car, the 911 is still a better option. However, if you want a hi-tech purpose-built sports car, the 570S is the one to go for.

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2021 McLaren 570S Coupe vs 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance

Being one of the only sports cars to offer a massive V10 engine under the hood, it’s hard to ignore the Audi R8. The Audi is also the more comfortable option, offering a lot more luxury and creature comforts, making it a better everyday sports car. But, for track use and dynamics, the 570S still outshines the R8 in several areas and the McLaren 570S is the most affordable comparatively.

2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance

2021 McLaren 570S Coupe vs 2021 Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R has been around for ages now, but it still manages to keep up with the competition, especially in the track-focused NISMO trim. Although weight is a concern, the GT-R still manages to offer similar performance and a lot more practicality with seating for four passengers and a practical trunk. The GT-R is also a size bigger than the McLaren and gets all-wheel drive as standard. It is still a mystery how the Japanese are able to milk insane performance from a car that is more than a decade old now.

2021 Nissan GT-R

 

2021 Mclaren 570S Final Verdict

The 2021 McLaren 570S Coupe can easily be considered as a budget supercar thanks to its excellent dynamics, and high performance. However, it's not as practical as its rivals, and can only seat 2 passengers. Cargo space is also non-existent, limiting daily usability. Unfortunately, there are no major updates to speak of, and the 570S is expected to be replaced soon by the upcoming Artura hybrid sports car. Overall, if you’re on the lookout for a high-performance sports car that’s engineered to perfection, the 570S is still the best option out there.

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