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Cheapest McLaren Money Can Buy (2022)

Here’s a list of five cheapest new McLarens that money can buy you today

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McLaren has a rich motoring heritage, but the company started making road cars in the early 90s. The Gordon Murray-designed F1 was the first production McLaren supercar that came out in 1992. The company’s second innings began in 2010 and that’s when all the onslaught began. In 2015, McLaren decided to increase its clientele by introducing ‘affordable’ cars and opening up a brand to the masses. The automaker debuted the ‘Sports Series’ of cars with the 570S coupe in 2015, which happened to be the cheapest new McLaren at that time. It, of course, garnered a lot of attention and has been one of the top sellers for the automaker. This prompted the company to introduce some more ‘cheap’ models aimed at bringing more sales.

We’ve decided to list down the five cheapest McLarens that money can buy today, and here’s all you need to know about them:

2021 McLaren 540C: Base Price of $184,900

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The McLaren 540C belongs to the Sports Series and is the cheapest McLaren you can buy. This sports car debuted in 2015 – a month after the 570S – and has been at the bottom of the hierarchy ever since. One of the two McLaren models that are priced at under $200,000, the 540C is aimed at getting volume for the company. While it may be a detuned version of the 570S, which, to begin with, isn’t the most prolific model either, the 540C sure works as a sports car that you can use during the weekdays as well, thanks to its spacious cabin (in sports car levels) and comparatively affordable cost.

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For $184,900, you get a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that puts out 533 ponies and 398 pound-feet of twist. The peak torque comes in at 7,500 rpm, whereas the peak torque hits between 3,500- and 6,500 rpm. Power is routed to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Just because it’s the cheapest McLaren doesn’t mean it’s not fast. It can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 199 mph.

2021 McLaren 540C Specifications
Engine 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine
Horsepower 533 horses at 7,500 rpm
Torque 398 pound-feet at 3,500-6,500 rpm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic 
0-60 mph 3.4 seconds
0-124 mph 10.5 seconds
Top Speed 199 mph
Base Price $184,900 

2021 McLaren 570S: Base Price $191,100

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The 570S was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show and marked the introduction of the Sports Series. Don’t discount that 570S as a cheap McLaren; it still shares its DNA with the 650S and the P1, the latter being the company’s first supercar since the F1. The 570S was launched to bring in more customers to the McLaren family, probably even stealing a few from the Porsche 911, while at it.

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The McLaren 570S draws power from a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 plant that is tuned to churn out 562 horses at 7,500 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque between 5,000- and 6,500 rpm. Power is channeled to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox here as well. It is quicker and faster than the 540C. You can shoot to 60 mph from rest in 3.1 seconds and touch 124 mph in 9.5 seconds if you keep the A-pedal depressed. Keep going at it and you’ll touch the 570S’ top speed at 204 mph. The 57S is one of the only two McLaren models, other than the 540C, that can be yours for under 200G - $191,100.

2021 McLaren 570S Specifications
Engine 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine
Horsepower 562 horses at 7,500 rpm
Torque 443 pound-feet at 5,000-6,500 rpm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic 
0-60 mph 3.1 seconds
0-124 mph 9.5 seconds
Top Speed 204 mph
Base Price $191,100

2021 McLaren 570GT: Base Price $203,950

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McLaren continued its Sports Series onslaught with the 570GT, a 570S based model, but a little more practical. The biggest difference between the 570GT and the 570S is the luggage space you get in the former. It comes with McLaren’s MonoCell II carbon-fiber tub and wears an identical front end. The standard vented hood is replaced by a side-opening glass hatch here that gives you access to 7.8 cubic feet of storage space. Yes, you’re primarily paying around $13,000 extra for this extra space. It came with a softer suspension tune and better insulation to justify the tourer tag.

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The Grand Tourer is powered by the same 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 as the 570S, and that too in the same state of tune. To regurgitate, it puts out 562 ponies and 443 pound-feet of oomph. The same drive modes – Normal, Sport, and Track – are offered here, too. There is, however, a difference in performance specs. This McLaren model takes 3.3 seconds to 60 mph and 9.8 seconds to 124 mph from a standstill; 0.2 and 0.3 seconds slower than the 570S, respectively. The top speed remains the same at 204 mph. The McLaren 570GT will cost you $203,950.

2021 McLaren 570GT Specifications
Engine 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine
Horsepower 562 horses at 7,500 rpm
Torque 443 pound-feet at 5,000-6,500 rpm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic 
0-60 mph 3.3 seconds
0-124 mph 9.8 seconds
Top Speed 204 mph
Base Price $203,950

2021 McLaren 570S Spider: Base Price: $211,300

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The drop-top version of the 570S was inevitable. McLaren introduced the 911 Cabriolet and Audi R8 Spyder rival a couple of years after launching the coupe, and it became the most affordable McLaren convertible. The top is electrically operated from the driver’s seat using a simple control that folds it beneath a tonneau cover. The opening and closing operation of the roof takes 15 seconds and can be done at vehicle speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h). A wind deflector can be electrically raised or lowered at the push of a button. The entire mechanism adds just 101 pounds to the weight of the coupe.

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It comes with the same powertrain and the same outputs. The V-8 engine displaces 3.8 liters and is paired to two turbochargers. The mill dishes our 562 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque. Despite the extra 101 pounds of weight, the 570S Spider can sprint to 60 mph from rest in the same 3.1 seconds. 0-124 mph is one-tenth second slower here, with the convertible taking 9.6 seconds instead of 9.5 seconds like the coupe. With the roof on, the top speed also remains the same 204 mph, but with the top dropped, you can’t go beyond 196 mph. The McLaren 570S Spider starts at $211,300; around $20,000 more than the standard coupe model.

2021 McLaren 570S Spider Specifications
Engine 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine
Horsepower 562 horses at 7,500 rpm
Torque 443 pound-feet at 5,000-6,500 rpm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic 
0-60 mph 3.1 seconds
0-124 mph 9.6 seconds
Top Speed 204 mph
Base Price $211,300

2021 McLaren 600LT: Base Price $242,500

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Continuing its commitment to offering cheaper McLaren models, McLaren brought the Long Tail heritage to the Sports Series with the 600LT. It was introduced at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed and followed the footsteps of the F1 Longtail and the 675 Longtail. The 600LT was the most track-focused Sports Series McLaren and came with quite a few interesting details. You had a new bumper, revised side vents and flics, an aggressive carbon fiber diffuser, a big rear wing, etc.

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McLaren updated the 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 for the 600LT and increased the power outputs to 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 30 ponies and 14 pound-feet of torque over the 570S. Thanks to the weight-saving measures and lighter curb weight, it boasts of a power-to-weight ratio of 474 hp/ton, a huge increase over the 570S’ ratio of 428 hp/ton. The 600 LT can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds and touch 124 mph in 8.2 seconds. The top speed remains the same at 204 mph. All these impeccable specs come for a starting price of $242,500, making it one of the cheapest McLarens that you can buy today.

2021 McLaren 600LT Specifications
Engine 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine
Horsepower 592 horses @7,500 rpm
Torque 457 pound-feet at 5,500 to 6,500 rpm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic 
0-60 mph 2.8 seconds
0-124 mph 8.2 seconds
Top Speed 204 mph
Base Price $242,500

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is McLaren an exotic car?

McLaren is a brand that produces exotic sports cars, supercars, and hypercars. The company opened its doors to a larger clientele with a comparatively affordable range of cars called the Sports Series. But, fortunately, it hasn’t watered down the ‘McLaren’ brand as whole. So, yes, all McLarens are most certainly exotic cars.

Is a McLaren a sports car or a supercar?

McLaren manufactures both, sports cars and supercars. The company makes sports cars and supercars from around 540 horses to over 1,000 horsepower. For a company that only builds exotic cars, the British automaker’s portfolio is rather exhaustive.

Which is the most expensive McLaren?

The 2020 McLaren Speedtail is the most expensive McLaren. It starts at around $2 million. That car boasts of a hybrid powertrain that churns out 1,035 horsepower. It is also the fastest McLaren ever built with a top speed of 250 mph. McLaren limited the production to just 106 examples and all of them are sold out.

How much is a 2020 McLaren P1?

The McLaren P1 was the spiritual successor to the F1 and the automaker’s first supercar since. The company had announced just 375 examples of it with at a price of $1.15 million a pop. The production ended in 2015 and all the 375 P1s were sold out. They hardly come up for sale in the used market, but the ones that do sell for around $2 million.

How much is a McLaren worth 2020?

Some Ultimate Series and Legacy McLaren models generally tend to appreciate in value, thus making a McLaren a lot more worth than what you’d end up spending buying it from the factory. An example of the F1 was auctioned at Pebble Beach in 2021 for a staggering $20.5 million! When launched in the mid-90s, they were priced between $800,000 and $1 million.

How much does McLaren cost?

If you want to become a proud owner of a new McLaren today, you’ll have to shell out at anywhere between $184,900 and over $2 million.

How much do McLarens cost?

The McLaren range currently starts at $184,900 with the 540C and goes all the way up to $2.1 million for the 2020 Speedtail.

How much does a normal McLaren cost?

You’ll have to keep a budget of around $200,000 to get yourself a McLaren. The 570S is the most popular McLaren model and it starts at $191,100.

What is the second cheapest McLaren?

The McLaren 570S is the second cheapest McLaren model and it starts at $191,100

What is the cheapest 2020 McLaren?

The 2021 McLaren 540C is the cheapest new McLaren that you can buy today. It starts at $184,900.

How much is a McLaren 540C?

The McLaren 540C starts at $184,900 and it is the cheapest McLaren on sale today.

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