9.22l/100km l / 100km
258g / km
The most attainable McLaren yet, the 540C Coupé joins the recently revealed 570S Coupé in the Sports Series as the brand brings its race derived DNA to a new audience and segment. These introductions bring the number of new McLarens launched in 2015 to four as the brand continues its rapid growth.
The 540C Coupé is a pure McLaren, and a pure sports car, sharing its DNA with the models in the Super Series and Ultimate Series, including a light weight carbon fibre chassis and race-derived technologies. It is fitted with a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine which has been developed to be responsive and thrilling, even at low engine speeds. As its name suggests, the Sports Series dedicated application of the award-winning McLaren power unit generates 540PS at 7,500 rpm and 540Nm of torque at 3,500-6,500 rpm. With stop-start technology, it offers optimised levels of efficiency and a longer range suited to the typical usage of cars in this segment.
At the heart of the 540C, as with the 570S, is the unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis which has been newly designed with a greater focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress to and egress from the cabin, along with class-leading occupant protection and safety. A dry weight of as low as 1,311 kg (2,890lbs) is achieved as a result of this lightweight structure and the use of aluminium body panels. This figure sees the 540C almost 150kg lighter than its closest competitor.
Power is delivered through the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox (SSG) which, aided by the low weight of the 540C, sees the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint completed in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 200km/h (124mph) in just 10.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 320km/h (199mph). Given this level of performance, 25.5 mpg on the EU combined cycle and emissions of just 258 g/km are an impressive achievement.
(2015) McLaren 540C (2dr 2 seat Coupé)
|Brakes||Front callipers, 6 piston
Rear callipers, 4-piston
|Entertainment & Communication||Bluetooth mobile phone prep
4-speaker audio system
Bowers & Wilkins IRIS Surround Sound System
|Exterior||Power adjustable door mirror's
Door mirror's, heated
Carbon Fibre Monocell Body structure with aluminium front and rear structures
Steering wheel with leather trim
Steering column, height/reach adjustable
Leather interior trim
Rear view mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function
Steering wheel gear shift paddles
Rear view mirror with rain sensor
|Lighting||LED DRL's (daytime running lights)
LED rear tail lights
LED interior lighting
|Mechanical||Open differential with Brake Steer
Carbon Fibre Monocell with aluminium front and rear structures
ESC Electronic Stability Control
ABS Anti-lock Braking System
Front seat passenger airbag deactivation switch
Airbags, driver & front passenger
Park Aid, front & rear parking alert
|Engine Description||V8 petrol engine with dry sump lubrication, petrol direct injection, four-valve technology, DOHC cylinder head.|
|Recomended Fuel||98 RON|
|Transmission Manufacturer||Graziano Oerlikon|
|Transmission Type||Seamless Shift dual clutch Gearbox (SSG)|
|Torque Min RPM||6500|
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