Auto News for June 16 – New McLaren

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 “All the high performance dynamic attributes and refinement of the 570S Coupé with the added exhilaration of open-air driving,” is what McLaren has to say about its new 570S Spider. It features a retractable hardtop that adds only a tiny bit of weight and can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph. The Spider is a high powered creation (of course) with a 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 packing 562 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque going through a 7-speed gearbox. McLaren claims a rather brisk 0-60 jaunt in 3.2 seconds.

 Top speed is 204 mph with the roof in place, and that is identical to the coupe. Not that one would worry about such things at this level, but the drop top is said to deliver 26 mpg.

 Handling should be top notch with a double-wishbone suspension all-round, with steel springs, twin-valve adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars calibrated to the same specification as the 570S Coupe.

 Designed around a driving position that puts the driver at the center of the action, the interior comes with hand-stitched leather on the seats, door casings, dash and center console. Occupants get a 10-inch TFT main instrument cluster and a centrally mounted, 7-inch IRIS touchscreen through which climate control and infotainment are managed.

 Customers can choose from standard six-way-adjustable or optional eight-way adjustable electric memory seats, with Nappa leather or Alcantara trim available at additional cost. Lightweight carbon-fiber-shelled sports seats, the same as those fitted to the McLaren P1, can also be specified.

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  A 10-spoke lightweight forged allow wheel design is an option.

 Prices start at just $210,000. A formal debut of the new Spider will be held at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. on July 2.

 Elsewhere:

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 Volkswagen announced its redesigned 2017 Tiguan will carry a starting price of $25,345, a gain of $455 over the 2017 model. But this is a longer vehicle by almost 11 inches with up to 58 percent more cargo space and available third row seating. A six year, 72,000 mile warranty with coverage that is transferable beyond the first owner is also a part of the package. The new Tiguan arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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 Subaru’s 2018 Crosstrek is just the second model to arrive with the firm’s new global platform and it will carry a starting MSRP of $21.795. That is $100 over the last generation model. Active Torque Vectoring and a raised suspension will be standard on all models. Keeping with Subaru tradition, all-wheel drive will be included on all models. The base model gets a CVT for the first time.

 A revised version of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152-hp vs. 148 before) and drivability, Subaru said.

 

 

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