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Car and Driver: McLaren 570S Sprint: Among Exotics, an Entry-Level Track Car


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For most of us, a beginner race car is a LeMons beater or possibly a spec Miata. For those who traipse between Manhattan loft and Miami penthouse, cars like the new McLaren 570S Sprint are how one gets a track fix.


Exotic-car manufacturers are only too happy these days to sell track-prepped specials, and given that the 570S Sprint is not street legal, is truly a track-only machine—although it’s not eligible for any race series. Like the 570S GT4, which does compete in the FIA GT4 class in Europe, the Sprint is a single-seat, stripped-out version borrowing the GT4’s front splitter, rear wing, and underbody aerodynamics. Not one, but two, front dive planes are fixed to each fender.


McLaren 570S Sprint


The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic are unchanged from the normal 570S. With 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque moving less mass—how much less, McLaren won’t say—it should beat the 2.7-second run to 60 mph that we measured, especially on center-lock wheels shod with Pirelli slicks. The double wishbones and anti-roll bars also are carryover, although there’s some serious camber happening. McLaren did not specify if the Sprint includes the GT4’s two-way adjustable dampers, although a GT4 “compliance pack” is optional should the owner decide to officially campaign a race entry, as is an air-jacking system. A fire-extinguishing system and a roll cage are standard.


Prices start at $218,000 plus destination. McLaren Orange paint is standard, but for more, they’ll paint your Sprint any color from the Sport Series catalog or dress it in a racing livery designed by McLaren Special Operations. The first cars will be delivered next year. Until then, either catch the Sprint at the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb on Thursday or replay the video below a couple dozen times.





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