McLaren takes aim at Porsche with new baby supercar

Tech News - As such, the 570S, revealed on Tuesday ahead of the New York International Auto Show on April 2, is aimed directly at those who would ordinarily be debating whether to buy a Porsche 911 Turbo S or an Audi R8 V10 Plus. And, on paper at least, the baby McLaren is better than both.

As its name suggests, it has 570PS -- that's 562bhp -- on tap and, because it's built pretty much exclusively from carbon fiber and other exotic super-strong yet lightweight materials, it weighs just 1313kg, meaning it's lighter than any of its competitors and boasts a power to weight ratio of 428bhp per ton.

As for performance, those numbers translate into a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds, a 0-200km/h time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 328km/h (that's 204mph). But as Porsche continues to demonstrate, acceleration, speed and handling are only elements of a much larger equation in this segment; if the McLaren really wants to join this exclusive club, it also has to perform well in inner-city areas, on car parks and be an adequate long-distance cruiser.

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