McLaren 540C Won’t Be Sold In The U.S.
McLaren Automotive has announced that the 540C, the second model of the newly launched Sports Series, won’t be heading to the United States. Strangely enough, the sports car will be sold in Canada, the only country in North America to get it for now. Asked whether the 540C will eventually make it to the U.S., a McLaren spokesperson said "...it is highly unlikely."
"We are undecided at the moment. Essentially the car will be homologated for the U.S., but it is highly unlikely we will import it [to the U.S.]," the spokesman told Auto Guide.
In Canada, the 540C will retail from $196,500, while the more powerful 570S will fetch $219,750 before options.
As a brief reminder, both the 570S and the 540C were introduced as part McLaren’s new Sports Series line, which slots below the 650S. The 540C is the least powerful of the two, which also makes it the least powerful, road-going McLaren ever built. It is also the most affordable McLaren. With 533 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque coming from its 3.8-liter V-8, the 540C is aimed at the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.
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Why it matters
While this news may leave a few gearheads disappointed, there’s no need to panic, as McLaren has already confirmed the more powerful 570S is coming to the U.S. with a sticker set at $184,900. Of course, a more affordable and less aggressive version is always a welcome addition, especially with the 911 Turbo around, but it’s obvious McLaren has outlined a solid strategy and plans to stick with it. On the other hand, it’s rather weird the Brits opted to sell the 540C in Canada.
Read more about the McLaren 540C in our full review here.