McLaren has commenced production of its entry-level Sports Series at its plant in Woking, England. The first car produced in the series is the McLaren 570S coupe. The McLaren 570S coupe will be followed by the McLaren 540C and other body styles in 2016. The first McLaren 570S coupe has already rolled off the production line and been delivered to a retailer in the UK. The exotic carmaker has received over 1,000 orders for the 570S with its global dealer network.
McLaren hopes that when the full Sports Series lineup is completed by 2018, it will more than double the company’s annual production to greater than 4,000 units. With the commencement of production, the sportscar maker has completed its three-tier product strategy that comprises of the Ultimate Series, Super Series and Sports Series.
The 570S coupe has the DNA of its bigger siblings. It is built around the MonoCell II chassis and is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that churns out 562 hp (419 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb.-ft.) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG), propelling the coupe from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph).
Jolyon Nash, Executive Director – Sales and Marketing at McLaren Automotive states, ‘The start of production of the new Sports Series cars is a pivotal moment for McLaren Automotive. The Sports Series is targeted towards a new buyer and opens McLaren up to the sports car market that we have not served to date. In addition, the Sports Series will make a significant contribution to the long-term sustainability of the company.’
The Sports Series is the cheapest offering from the Woking-based manufacturer with prices starting from £126,000 for the 540C coupe and going up to £143,250 for the 570S coupe.