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The McLaren 570S is now in Malaysia. Previewed in the city centre by McLaren Kuala Lumpur today, the first model in the British company’s Sports Series range (read entry-level, sits below the Super Series and Ultimate Series) is priced at RM1.68 million with taxes, or RM698k without. Deliveries start in January 2016.

First revealed in March this year, the McLaren 570S is powered by an evolution of McLaren’s 3.8 litre V8 twin-turbo engine, with 30% of components bespoke to the new model.

As hinted at by the name, the M838TE produces 570 PS at 7,400 rpm and 600 Nm of torque at 5,000 to 6,500 rpm. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed SSG transmission. The benchmark 0-100 km/h sprint is done in just 3.2 seconds; 0-200 km/h in 9.5 seconds. If you find a suitable stretch, top speed is 328 km/h.

Speed is brought under control with standard-fit carbon ceramic brakes, fitted behind a new range of forged alloys with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres as standard – 225/35 R19 on the front and 285/35 R20 on the rear.

The Sports Series has its own newly-developed suspension with independent adaptive dampers with front/rear anti-rollbars – distinct from the Super Series – and dual wishbones, with the set up controlled by the familiar Normal, Sport and Track handling settings.

The “shrinkwrapped” and aero-optimised coupe body incorporates rear flying buttresses that increase downforce, and complex “door tendons” that direct additional air to cool the mid-mounted V8.

As this is more of an “everyday McLaren”, the carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis has been designed with more of a focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress and egress. It weighs less than 80 kg, and the use of aluminium body panels contribute to a dry weight of as low as 1,313 kg, almost 150 kg lighter than its closest competitor, McLaren says.

Continuing on the everyday theme, the 570S has more space than any McLaren before it. It’s not a bare bones track special, so leather sports seats are standard (racing seats optional) and the dashboard and steering are also leather trimmed.

Buyers get a full infotainment system including a new TFT digital instrument cluster that changes configuration according to driving mode, plus a seven-inch touchscreen, now with integrated climate control. Options include a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker 1280W sound system.

At RM1.68 million, the 570S offers plenty of supercar looks and performance for the money. The McLaren 650S was launched in June 2014 for RM2.4 million (RM2.6 million for the Spider) with tax. That car has 650 PS/678 Nm and is capable of 0-100 km/h in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 333 km/h.