The second model in McLaren’s “Sports Series” Range, the 540C Coupé brings the manufacturer’s racing expertise and heritage to an even more attainable section of the sports-car class.
One of the highlights of the Shanghai Motor Show in 2015, the new model supplies not only blistering pace but also superb engagement and driving enjoyment.
Experience the 540C Coupé for yourself by booking a test drive at McLaren Ascot or McLaren London today.
A car with the extraordinary performance capabilities of the 540C needs to keep its power under control. Extremely powerful carbon ceramic brake discs give the coupé excellent stopping power.
Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control systems, developed by McLaren engineers working closely with their counterparts at Bosch, keeps the 540C stable whilst allowing the driver to take it to its very limits without intruding.In the event of an accident, the driver and passenger are protected by the extremely rigid structure of the carbon fibre tub, as well as front and rear anti-roll bars that deploy in a fraction of a second.
The structure of the vehicle is built around its carbon fibre “tub", with a mid-mounted engine directing power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The use of light yet super-strong carbon fibre means that the 540C has a weight of just 1313kg, and a power-to-weight ratio of 428bhp per tonne – a figure unmatched by any other vehicle in its class.
As you would expect, the car is also a joy to behold, with the distinctive blade shape of the front bumper giving it a unique visual signature as well as allowing more air to be channelled under the vehicle.
In a similar melding of visual appeal and practical enhancement, the characterful flying buttresses of the C-pillar also increase downforce. An equally idiosyncratic taillight signature, “dihedral" (gull-wing) doors and 19" or 20" forged alloy wheels round off the car's exquisite looks.
The well-appointed interior, moreover, features leather-wrapped and electrically-adjustable sports seats of the highest quality, along with extensive Alcantara and carbon fibre detailing and a floating centre console. The luggage capacity of 144 litres, meanwhile is the best in the vehicle's class.
The engine endowing the 540C with its class-leading power-to-weight ratio is the manufacturer's own 3.8 litre V8 petrol engine with twin turbochargers.
Providing maximum power of 533bhp and maximum torque of 540Nm at 3,500-6,500rpm.
Even for a high-powered model such as this, the resulting performance is impressive; the 540C achieves 0-62mph acceleration in 3.4 seconds, 0-124mph in 10.5 seconds, and a top speed of 199mph.
By the standards of its contemporaries, the coupé also returns low fuel consumption and carbon emissions of 25.5mpg (combined ) and 258g/km respectively.
Three different driving modes (Normal, Sport and Track) adjust the throttle response, adaptive dampers and front and rear double-wishbone suspension to give you exactly the driving style you want.
A 7" touchscreen provides occupants with access to satellite navigation, Bluetooth, and a DAB digital radio linked to a four-speaker McLaren audio sound system.
|Vehicle length||4530 mm / 178.3 in|
|Vehicle width||2093 mm / 82.5 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1202 mm / 47.3 in|
|Wheelbase||2670 mm / 105.1 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1313 kg / 2895 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||3.8-litre/V8|
|Engine Capacity||3799 cc|
|Max Torque||540 Nm @ 3500-6500 rpm|
|Max Power||397 kW @ 7500 rpm|
|Top Speed||199 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 3.4 sec|
|Combined cycle||25.5 mpg|