Apparently, it's rather easy for a car to clinch Robb Report Singapore's Car of the Year title. According to plenty of the judges they spoke to, a winning car merely had to be sexy, speedy and suitable for daily use. Easy, right?
That's a tall order for any car, but not if the car in question was the McLaren 570S, a car that nearly everyone who drove it praised mightily. Indeed, even before driving it, some judges cited the McLaren was the car they were looking forward to most — blame it on the beetle-wing doors and striking orange paintwork.
Indeed, many Robb Report staffers confessed to being smitten by the svelte agglomeration of British aluminium and carbon fibre. In fact, it would take a truly cynical person to dislike the McLaren. It does, after all, look fast even while standing still. But the proof, as the saying goes, is in the pudding, and the McLaren 570S certainly didn't disappoint there. In fact, it exceeded many of the judges expectations.
The supercar segment is not a forgiving space for a young carmaker. Said new manufacturer will be going up against the likes of Ferrari and Porsche, which both have had decades of experience and produced some legendary cars along the way (alright, they've had some duds before, but nobody's perfect, right?).
Even more so when the last car you made was the landmark F1, arguably the world's first modern supercar, and whose performance and styling is still relevant today. It would be nearly 20 years before McLaren would release another road car, the MP4-12C. Some critics groused about how it wasn't as revolutionary as the F1, had a clunky name and didn't sound as dramatic as they would have wanted.
What they couldn't argue about was how it had handling and sublime ride quality to match —and in some ways better — Ferraris and Porsches. Now McLaren is staging its third act with the 570S coupe, following the 12C (now known as the 650S) and P1. The 570S represents the entry point into the McLaren lineup, though if you thought this was a cut-price, cut-performance McLaren, you'd be sorely mistaken.
The 570S costs proper supercar money, and it goes like one too. Its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 has 562bhp and it'll complete the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint in a little over three seconds. Its styling, too, is suitably dramatic with butterfly doors and flying buttresses.
While both the brand and its 570S may be young, the supercar manufacturer is certainly hungry. And as you would have known from dealing with your significant other, hunger is not a feeling one should trifle with.
The McLaren 570S is quite possibly the most rounded car in the British carmaker's range. It has plenty of power, poise and if you can believe it, a surprising amount of comfort. It also has a shorter overall length and it's easier to get into (the lower sills are a boon) than the flagship 650S, which makes it far more suited for daily use.
The McLaren may not have been the perfect car for everyone, but it impressed enough of the judges that it won the inaugural Robb Report Car of the Year title by a comfortable margin. A deserving champion, to be sure.