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.


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.


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.


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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