After the 570S Coupe introduced at New York Auto Show early this month, now McLaren Automotive presents the entry-level version of the McLaren Sports Series, The McLaren 540C, the cheapest model in McLaren’s range with a base price of £126,000.
McLaren 540C coupe is, basically, a McLaren 570S with less power. As the name suggests, the McLaren 540C coupe comes with a total power of 540 PS (532 hp) and 540 NM (398 lb-ft) of torque produced by the same mid-mounted 3.8-liter V8 engine and routed to its rear wheels through a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox. The top speed stands at 199 mph (320 km/h) and a 0-62 sprint is reached in 3.5 seconds.
By comparison, The McLaren 570S is 30 bhp more powerful, 5 mph (8 km/h) faster and 0.3 seconds quicker than the McLaren 540C Coupe.
The McLaren 540C boasts a dry weight of 1,311 kg (2,890lbs) thanks to aluminium body panels and emissions are of just 258 g/km.
In addition to less power, McLaren made some changes in the body to be able to differentiate the McLaren 540C from 570S. McLaren fitted unique aero blades below front bumper and a rear diffuser is a little different from that on the McLaren 570S. McLaren brings its new car with new cast alloy wheels, available with silver or stealth finish, measuring 19 and 20-inches front and rear, respectively.
McLaren 540C is also equipped with a Formula 1 derived brake steer system, newly-developed suspension system which uses front and rear anti-rollbars, dual wishbones and independent adaptive dampers. You also find the familiar ‘Normal’,’Sport’ and ‘Track’ handling settings.
Inside, you find leather upholstery to the seats, dashboard and lower doors as standard. The ‘floating’ center console features a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen. DAB digital radio, satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephony and media streaming, voice activation and the audio media player all come as standard.