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Lower-Priced McLaren 540C Makes Debut in Shanghai

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/20/2015 Megan Stewart

At the Shanghai auto show, McLaren unveiled the second model in its Sports Series lineup, the 540C Coupe. Like the previously-shown 570S, the new model brings the automaker's racing DNA to a new, lower-priced segment. The McLaren 540C Coupe will be the most attainable model in the brand's portfolio.

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During the debut of the 2016 McLaren 570S at the 2015 New York auto show, we heard that the 540C Coupe would be powered by the same M838T E twin-turbo 3.8-liter, V-8 engine found in the current McLaren 650S; however the engine would be slightly detuned to produce 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. The 570S features the same engine tuned to 562 hp and 443 lb-ft. Paired with the seven-speed seamless shift gearbox (SSG), the 540C is estimated to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds, and climb to 124 mph in 10.5 seconds on to a top speed of 199 mph.

Like with the 570S, the entry-level McLaren 540C will feature the carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis that focuses more on daily usability than track days. The new chassis features class-leading safety, and thanks to its aluminum body panels, it weighs just under 3,000 pounds, nearly 330 pound lighter than its closest competitor.

Lower-Priced McLaren 540C Makes Debut in Shanghai

Inside, McLaren designers have outfitted the latest model with standard leathers seats, a leather dashboard, and leather-trimmed lower doorsdoor panels, along with a floating center console with a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen with incorporated climate control, first seen on the McLaren P1.

Mclaren 540C Front Three Quarter 02© Provided by MotorTrend Mclaren 540C Front Three Quarter 02

Those wanting the all-new entry-level McLaren 540C can now order it from the global McLaren retail network. Pricing will start around $165,000 not including destination.

Source: McLaren

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