This particular 570S was crafted by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), a separate division of the British carmaker that specializes in custom and high-end projects. The sub-brand has had its way with the interior as well, fitting the cabin with Carbon Black leather, color-matched accents, and a surplus of carbon fiber trim.
As far as performance is concerned, the 570S doesn’t need a lot of help. The range-topping Sport Series entrant equips a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V8 from the factory that produces 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Given the car’s low weight — 2,895 pounds — the coupe features a striking power-to-weight ratio of 388 horsepower per ton. Flat out, it’ll smash through 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, prancing all the way up to 204 mph.
Despite its impressive performance, the 570S was designed to deliver its speed in a practical, attainable way. Cargo room has been increased, and the suspension has been ever so slightly softened for a more livable day-to-day experience. If the hardcore 650S is designed to squeeze every ounce out of road, this car is meant to soak it all in.
The 570S family will triple in size in the coming years, as McLaren plans to introduce Spider and Gran Touring variants of the vehicle in 2017. While the Spider will feature a stylish folding hardtop, the GT will boast a fastback silhouette, increased wiggle room, more luxurious amenities, and an even smoother ride.