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McLaren 540C is the next new ‘junior’ supercar

April 21, 2015

Yet another all-new McLaren has been revealed. It’s called the 540C and it sits in as the company’s new ‘junior’ and most affordable model ever made.

McLaren 540C

It seems like every week McLaren is coming out with a new car that looks pretty similar to the rest of its models. And the same can be said for the 540C. The body is very similar to the recently-revealed 570S, only this has slightly different aero features.

In the engine compartment sits the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that’s used in all current McLaren vehicles. In the 540C it produces 397kW of power and 540Nm of torque, marginally less than what the 570S offers (419kW).

Out on the tarmac it all translates to 0-100km/h acceleration in just 3.5 seconds (up from 3.2 in the 570S), and 0-200km/h in 10.5 seconds. It also has a dizzying top speed of 320km/h.

The 540C joins the 570S in what the company calls its ‘Super Series’ lineup, which consists of everyday/weekend-style supercars and super sports cars. The 540C is the most user-friendly out of them all in terms of everyday use, and comes with a bespoke suspension tune suited to street driving with three different settings; Normal, Sport, Track.

As for the styling and equipment, the 1311kg 540C gets unique 19- and 20-inch wheels (front and rear), a unique front bumper with special aero blades, while at the back is a central diffuser element and twin exhausts on either side.

Passengers are treated to a spacious environment (for a high-end sports car), with an ergonomic driving position, a full leather upholstery, and a floating centra console showcasing a 7.0-inch IRIS touch-screen interface. The interface supports DAB digital radio, sat-nav, and all of the on-board functions.

McLaren 540C-rear

Australian prices are yet to be confirmed, but the company says it is available to order now in more than 30 countries around the world. It’s set to arrive locally later this year. Prices in the UK start from £126,000.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.