The McLaren 540C

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McLaren 540C – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the McLaren 540C

McLaren 540C – Photo Gallery

McLaren 540C – Technical Specifications

McLaren 540C – Registry & Videos

McLaren 540C – Key Details

McLaren 540CDetails
Launched: 2016
Engine: V8
Power: 533 hp @ 7,500 rpm (397 kW)
Torque: 398 lb·ft @ 3,500 – 6,500 rpm (540 N·m)
Top Speed: 320 km/h (199 mph)
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 3.5 s
Replaces: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the McLaren 540C

MCLAREN 540C – THE BABY MCLAREN STILL PACKS A PUNCH

First launched in 2015, Mclaren’s 540C is the affordable, road-friendly option in the British company’s stable. Much of the 540C is shared with the 570S, including its high-tech chassis, V8 engine, and 7-speed gearbox. And all of that comes with a £20,000 savings over the 570. So, what’s the catch? Well, it turns out there are only a few small compromises one has to make in trading down to the 540C.

For starters, the mid-mounted 3.8 litre V8 with two turbochargers has been shorn of 30 bhp, producing a mere 533 horsepower. Aiding those horsepower is the car’s amazingly light weight, thanks to its carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, which weighs less than 80kg. That amazingly lightweight chassis helps the 540C achieve a low, low 1,438-kg kerb weight. Performance is not what you would normally expect from a bargain-basement model, with 124 mph arriving in just 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph. Instead of carbon-fibre brakes, however, the 540C makes do with the more plebeian cast iron variety, meaning it will likely not hold up to track use as well as the 570S.

Another difference between the 570S and 540C lies in the suspension tuning; the 540C’s adaptive dampers are tuned to a softer setting, meaning the 540 is better suited for road driving than most other McLarens. That’s not to say that the 540C isn’t perfectly at home on the track, though. Far from it, with McLaren touting the car’s track prowess in most literature they produce. As far as styling goes, there is little differentiating the two models; a new front splitter, a dearth of exterior badges on the 540C, and a slightly less luxurious cabin.

In sum, opting for the 540C instead of the 570S means missing out on 30 bhp, carbon brakes, a track-tuned suspension, and a couple interior niceties. If you are fine with making those concessions, I think you will find that this everyday McLaren offers an appealing blend of practicality and performance. With prices starting at £126,000, the most affordable McLaren is still a McLaren, after all. While the 540C was designed mainly to appeal to Asian markets, the proposition still seems to have plenty of appeal worldwide (except in the U.S., where the 540C isn’t offered).

McLaren 540C – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: McLaren

McLaren 540C – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/h3.5 s
0 -200 km/h10.5 s
Max. speed320 km/h (199 mph)
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement3.799 cm3
Max. power output*540PS (533 bhp) (397 kW) @ 7,500 rpm
Max. torque*540 N·m (398 lb·ft) @ 3,500 – 6,500 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length4.530 mm
Width2.095 mm
Height1.202 mm
Dry weight**1.353 Kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

McLaren 540C – Registry & Videos

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