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McLaren 540C

2016 McLaren 540C

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  • McLaren 540C
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7 Speed SSG
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    533 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    398 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    199 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    126000
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McLaren is doing all it can to make its vehicles more accessible to the public, and the lineup set to springboard this effort is the Sports Series. At the 2015 New York Auto Show, the first of the Sports Series models, the 2016 570S, debuted with its 562-horsepower V-8 and $184,900 price tag. Less than a month later, at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Brits introduced the less-expensive 540C version.

The 540C is essentially a detuned and more accessible 570S, in terms of premium features. As its name implies, the 540C has less power than the 570S, but it’s still quite the performer. The real test is whether it can hang with the big-boys of this segment, like the 911 Turbo and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. In the meantime, let’s have a closer look at the fourth new McLaren to break cover in 2015 (quite an achievement for the manufacturer).

Updated 04/20/2015: McLaren officially unveiled the second model in the Sports Series lineup at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. The model will be put on sale in early 2016, with prices on the British market starting from £126,000 - or about $188,000 at the current exchange rates.

Continue reading to find out how this new McLaren sports car will stack up to its competition.

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You Can Now Personalize Your McLaren Sports Series With More MSO Upgrades

You Can Now Personalize Your McLaren Sports Series With More MSO Upgrades

There is lots of carbon fiber to go around.

If you own a model as prominent as a McLaren, you can’t just throw on some aftermarket parts or paint if you want some individualization. I mean, after all, people have literally been killed for less. But, that’s okay, because McLaren Special Operations has your back, and has just announced a whole new range of protective and personalization parts for models from the Sports Series, including the 540C, 570S, and 570GT. The parts don’t only bring the ability for current and new owners to personalize their rides, but also offer a bit of weight savings as well.

To start off, MSO is offering indoor and outdoor car covers, branded floor mats, and branded luggage bin mats. It’s also offering a new front skid plate that will protect the front diffuser should things get a little rough and the front end winds up coming in contact with the pavement. But, what’s more important are the new wheel designs that are available in stealth, silver, and diamond cut finishes, and there’s a new list of lightweight, colored brake calipers to choose from as well. But, on a deeper level, MSI is now offering a full range of carbon fiber parts for the exterior that include the side intakes, mirror casings, side skirts, aero blades, front splitter, rear bumper, rear wing, rear diffuser, and the rear deck and plenum cover. These are offered in three different packs, but can also be purchased individually. The will provide some weight savings over their standard equivalents as well.

But, it doesn’t stop there, either. The interior of the aforementioned models can also be customized with some extra carbon fiber as well. There are four components to choose from, including carbon fiber switch packs with IRIS surround, carbon fiber upper speaker surround, carbon fiber sill finisher with McLaren branding, and carbon fiber side tunnels.

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McLaren 540C Won't Be Sold In The U.S.

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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McLaren Plans No Model Below The 540C

McLaren Plans No Model Below The 540C

In case you didn’t know, the Sport Series is McLaren’s attempt at offering a more accessible and more practical supercar for those individuals with less than a quarter million dollars to spend on a new ride. It’s the British automaker’s shot at taking on the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, and it includes the $185,000 570S and $160,000 540C. While not cheap by most people’s standards, it is quite the cut for a brand best known for the hybrid P1 hypercar, a vehicle that comes with a $1.15 million sticker price, and according to Wayne Bruce, McLaren’s global director of communications, the 540C is the lowest price point we’ll see from the marque for a very long time.

That’s the news from TheTruthAboutCars, which spoke with Bruce recently about the possibility of an even cheaper model from McLaren in the future, specifically something under the six-figure mark. Bruce responded by saying the automaker had no interest in creating such a car, and for two specific reasons.

First, there’s the issue of materials. McLaren uses carbon fiber extensively throughout its model range, and while the composite offers superb rigidity and feathery-light weight, it’s extremely expensive to produce, making it difficult to utilize at low prices without sacrificing profitability. 

Secondly, there’s the issue of exclusivity. The new Sport Series will likely put many new McLarens on the road, as Bruce says the marque expects to create roughly 4,000 units a year once production hits its stride, up from the 1,400 units produced in 2013. According to Bruce, that’s McLaren’s limit, with no current plans to expand production capacity. 

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2016 McLaren 540C

2016 McLaren 540C

McLaren is doing all it can to make its vehicles more accessible to the public, and the lineup set to springboard this effort is the Sports Series. At the 2015 New York Auto Show, the first of the Sports Series models, the 2016 570S, debuted with its 562-horsepower V-8 and $184,900 price tag. Less than a month later, at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Brits introduced the less-expensive 540C version.

The 540C is essentially a detuned and more accessible 570S, in terms of premium features. As its name implies, the 540C has less power than the 570S, but it’s still quite the performer. The real test is whether it can hang with the big-boys of this segment, like the 911 Turbo and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. In the meantime, let’s have a closer look at the fourth new McLaren to break cover in 2015 (quite an achievement for the manufacturer).

Updated 04/20/2015: McLaren officially unveiled the second model in the Sports Series lineup at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. The model will be put on sale in early 2016, with prices on the British market starting from £126,000 - or about $188,000 at the current exchange rates.

Continue reading to find out how this new McLaren sports car will stack up to its competition.

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