Saturday, 20 August 2022

McLaren finally unveils a “right-price” car

MCLAREN launched its second model in the new Sports Series, the McLaren 540C Coupe, at the

MCLAREN launched its second model in the new Sports Series, the McLaren 540C Coupe, at the Shanghai Motor Show which ends on Wednesday.

The most attainable McLaren yet, it joins the recently revealed 570S Coupe in the Sports Series as the brand brings its race-derived DNA to a new audience.

It is the fourth new McLaren launched in 2015.

Globally available and priced from £126,000, the 540C Coupé can be pre-ordered now with deliveries scheduled for early 2016.

The 540C Coupé is a pure sports car, sharing its DNA with the models in the Super Series and Ultimate Series, including a lightweight carbon fibre chassis and race-derived technologies.

It is fitted with a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine, developed to be responsive and thrilling even at low engine speeds. The award-winning McLaren power unit generates 540PS at 7,500rpm and 540Nm of torque at 3,500 to 6,500rpm.

With stop-start technology, it offers optimised levels of efficiency and a longer range suited to the typical use of cars in this segment.

At the heart of the 540C, as with the 570S, is the unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, which has been newly designed with a greater focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress to and egress from the cabin, along with class-leading occupant protection and safety. A dry weight of just 1,311kg (2,890lb) is achieved with this lightweight structure and the use of aluminium body panels. The 540C is almost 150kg lighter than its closest competitor.

Power is delivered through the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox (SSG) which takes it from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 320km/h (199mph). Given this level of performance, 25.5mpg on the EU combined cycle and emissions of just 258g/km are impressive.

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