McLaren 570S 9Our McLaren 570S Spider test car.Hollis Johnson

  • The McLaren 570S Spider walks a fine line between English sports car and a no-holds-barred exotic supercar.
  • The 570S is powered by a 562 horsepower, 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8.
  • It can do 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 204 mph.
  • In the marketplace, the 570S Spider competes against the Audi R8 V10 Spyder and the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. 

The McLaren 570S Spider is a supercar. Sort of.

The 570S is a mainstay of McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series, and the company openly calls the stylish mid-engined speed machine a sports car. 

But step on the gas, and the 570S will quickly convince you of its European supercar credentials complete with supercar power, speed, and charisma. 

As a business proposition, the Sports Series has been phenomenally successful. 

The 570S and its Sports Series siblings also comprise the lion’s share of McLaren’s annual sales. In 2017, McLaren sold a total of 3,340 cars worldwide of which 2,119 were various versions of the Sports Series. According to the Woking, England-based company, the lower entry price of the Sports Series has successfully attracted a new wave of customers to the brand most famous for its multi-million dollar F1 hypercar of the 90s. 

In 2016, Business Insider had the chance to spend a few days behind the wheel of several hard-top Sports Series models and came away impressed by their handling, performance, and eye-catching good looks. 

Last fall, we spent a week with a brand-new McLaren 570S Spider in an eye-catching Sicilian Yellow paint job. 

The 570S Spider starts at $208,800, but our test car came packed with nearly $44,000 in options. That gave it an as-tested price of around $253,000. 

That’s certainly a pretty penny. But back to our original question. Is the McLaren 570S Spider a sports car or a supercar — and is it worth its hefty price? Let’s find out: