McLaren has unveiled their new 540C Coupe at the Shanghai Motor Show: their most affordable model to date

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Will be available globally

Set to become the second member of the Sport Series lineup, the 540C follows in the footsteps of the 570S but adopts a “subtly revised aerodynamic package” as well as unique 19- / 20-inch wheels with silver or stealth finish.

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Moving on to the interior, drivers will find themselves surround by premium leather upholstery as it covers the seats, dashboard and door panels.  The car also boasts a seven-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and GPS navigation.

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Power is provided by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 540 PS (533 bhp / 397) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque.  It is connected to a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox (SSG) which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 10.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).  The engine also has a start/stop system which allows the 540C to return 25.5 mpg on the EU combined cycle and have CO2 emissions of 258 g/km.

Additional changes are limited but McLaren says the 540C has retuned dampers which are better suited for day-to-day driving.  The company also pointed out the use of aluminum body panels and a carbon fiber monocoque enable the 540C to have a dry weight of 1,311 kg (2,890 lbs) which makes it almost 150 kg (330 lbs) lighter than its closest competitor.

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The 540C will become McLaren’s “most attainable” model to date and pricing starts at £126,000.  The car will be offered globally and the company is currently accepting pre-orders with deliveries scheduled for early next year.

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