The overarching philosophy behind motormartin.com is that of ‘real life’ motoring, the idea being that MotorMartin’s focus is on what a car is actually going to be used for, it’s practical side if you will, rather than just focusing on lap times or 0-62mph and yet every now and again it’s also extremely satisfying to focus on the more high end cars.
It was therefore a bit of a red letter day here in MotorMartin Towers when the following news regarding McLaren arrived in a haze of tyre smoke and noise, unbelievable. So here it is. The incredible McLaren 570S Coupé has been named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car for 2016, beating 12 competitors during vigorous testing over the leading US media brand’s Best Driver’s Car Week. This is the 10th major award that the car has received, and from titles across the world.
MotorMartin has been informed that since 2009, Motor Trend, with championship-winning race car driver Randy Pobst, has gathered for Best Driver’s Car Week to thoroughly test, review, and film the year’s top sports saloons, coupés, hatchbacks, and convertibles. The 570S went through the standard battery of instrumented tests, a closed-course hillclimb on one of California’s best mountain roads, as well as hot lapping at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Motor Trend’s esteemed staff of editors and writers each had a chance to test the 570S and Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh informed MotorMartin that: “The McLaren 570S stands out in this year’s crowd of high-horsepower overachievers because it provides a preternatural connection between driver and machine. With massive thrust in a lightweight, mid-engine chassis that can be guided by the fingertips, the 570S is immensely addictive—and the perfect homage to McLaren’s Grand Prix pedigree.”
“I am delighted that Motor Trend has recognized the McLaren 570S Coupé as their Best Driver’s Car. From the moment the 570S was conceived, that’s exactly what it was intended to be,” shared Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive with MotorMartin. “Using the core DNA of McLaren – a 3.8-liter twin turbocharged engine paired with a lightweight carbon fibre Monocell chassis – the 570S was tuned to offer the most amount of fun. Since the reveal in New York last year, the 570S has redefined the perception of a sports car, and the Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car award is a very welcome validation of our ambitions.”
motortrend.com will feature exclusive videos and on-site reviews of the 12 competitors throughout Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car Week, and this award announcement serves as the centerpiece of the five-day online event.
Rather incredibly, this is the tenth award given to the McLaren 570S Coupé and is an important addition to the international collection of accolades this year. From WhatCar? to Robb Report, the 570S has been celebrated in performance and overall categories.
2016 Best Sports Car Over £100,000 (WhatCar?)
2016 Best Sportscar (Wheels Middle East Car of The Year)
2016 Best of the Best (Red Dot Design Award)
2016 Best Car on Sale (AUTOCAR)
Best Performance Car of 2016 (UK COTY)
2016 Best Premium Performance Coupé (Middle East Car of the Year)
2016 Best of the Best: Sports Car of the Year (Robb Report)
Best Performance Car 2016 (Auto Express New Car Awards)
Best Sports Car 2016 (Auto Express New Car Honours 2016)
That is quite a roll call I’m sure you’ll agree, with awards from all different types of magazine and experts. The McLaren 570S Coupé is clearly one of the truly great super car of these current times. Well done McLaren, what a job.
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