Don’t get me wrong, you still need to be fabulously wealthy to afford a $184,900, 562-horsepower, 204-MPH, two-seater sports car. But it used to be that to afford something with the vaunted “McLaren” name, you had to basically be Scrooge McDuck. But the McLaren 570S is almost downright attainable.
And surely $184,900 is worth it for the best integrated marker light in the entire world.
It’s also basically the price of eight surprisingly well-equipped Mazda Miatas, but let’s be honest. No one is in the market for either one (1) McLaren 570S, or eight (8!) Mazda Miatas, all lashed together with leather straps and towing a dilapidated trailer in the form of the world’s most demented chariot setup.
Okay, Jason Torchinsky probably is, but besides him, no one is.
So maybe a better comparison, then, is the Porsche 911 Turbo S, which comes with near-as-makes-no-difference the same amount of horsepower. (Alright, pedants, the 570S makes two more horsepower. Yes, two.) But, befittingly, a 911 Turbo S starts at about two grand less than the 570S. And that’s before you get to the ludicrous fantasy world that is a Porsche options list.
McLaren will also be releasing an even cheaper version of the same car, called the 540C, mainly to skip heavy taxes on powerful cars in some nations (but it will be sold globally). The company says that one will start at around £126,000, though they’re not releasing pricing in dollars just yet. Figure around $160,000, if they end up selling it stateside.
But really, now all you need to do is start saving up your pennies. Instead of saving up your gold bullion.
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