• The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed

Just watch it go in the video below

We can’t help but get excited whenever a new supercar comes to the market and its makers are quick to post an estimated top speed. Then reality hits: you need a lot of space to take a supercar/sports car to its Vmax, and even more importantly, you must make sure some safety rules are in effect.

With that in mind, the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is one of those places that offer enough runway length and width so that in case things do go wrong, the one behind the wheel has a chance (i.e. enough time) to save the situation or at least know he won’t have to worry about hitting a wall at 150 mph.

How fast can the McLaren 570S go?


We all know a modern McLaren’s appetite for speed. It’s like these cars were imbued with the spirit of the mighty McLaren F1, because they’ll smoke pretty much anything and anyone standing between them and the quarter-mile finish line. Just watch any video out there that pictures the 720S drag racing other supercars and muscle cars.

Today, however, we’re here to talk about the McLaren 570S. Yeah, sure, it’s not 720S, but just like a baby shark is still a bloody shark, the 570S, Macca’s entry-level car in the Sports Series, is still a McLaren.

Unveiled in March 2015, the McLaren 570S has the carmaker’s M838TE 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 cranking out 562 horsepower and 600 Newton-meters of twist, or roughly 443 pound-feet.

The mid-mounted powerplant twins with a seven-speed SSG transmission that sends resources to the rear wheels.

Performance-wise, the 570S is as able as they come: the zap from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) takes just 3.2 seconds, you’ll get to 200 kph (124 mph) in 9.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 328 kph (204 mph).

The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed
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McLaren 570S Specifications
Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Power 562 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Torque 443 LB-FT @ 5,000-6,500 RPM
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
CO2 258 g/km
Economy 25.5 mpg 9.22 l/100 km (EU combined)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.2 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 9.5 seconds
Top speed 328 km/h (204 mph)

Of course, theory is nothing without practice, and this is where this video comes into play. It’s almost unbelievable just how rapidly the 570S takes off and gets out of sight, until it turns into just one minuscule dot on the horizon.

Viewed from the cockpit, the 2.3-mile run is like an effortless exercise in linear acceleration.

Once that needle flinches for the first time, it just keeps on moving and moving steadily, slowing down a bit just as the car breaks the 195 mph barrier, before stopping at 206 mph, two mph more than the advertised top speed.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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