20 Apr 2015

Two weeks after the New York unveiling of the 570S, the second model in the Mclaren Sport Series debuts in China


  • The 540C Coupe completes the current two car line-up for the McLaren Sports Series
  • Most attainable McLaren yet, introducing the brand to a new audience
  • A pure sports car, bringing McLaren DNA to the segment for the first time
  • 533 hp and 398 lb/ft: 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, top speed of 199 mph


McLaren will launch its second model in the new Sports Series, the McLaren 540C Coupe, at the Shanghai Motor Show, April 20-29, 2015. The most attainable McLaren yet, the 540C Coupe joins the recently revealed 570S Coupe 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. Priced from $165,000, the 540C will begin delivery in 2016 for select global markets.*


The 540C Coupe is a pure McLaren and a pure sports car, sharing its DNA with the models in the McLaren Super Series and the McLaren Ultimate Series: including a lightweight carbon fiber tub and race-derived technologies. The 540C coupe features a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine which has been developed to be responsive and thrilling, even at low engine speeds. As the model name suggests, the Sports Series dedicated application of the award-winning McLaren power unit generates 540PS (533 hp) at 7,500 rpm and 398 lb ft of torque at 3,500-6,500 rpm. With stop-start technology, it offers optimized levels of efficiency and a longer fuel range in line with other cars in the sports car segment.


At the heart of the 540C, along with the 570S, is the unique carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis. This chassis has been newly designed with a greater focus on day-to-day usability, offering improved ingress and egress from the cabin, along with class-leading occupant protection and safety. A dry weight of as low as 2,890 lbs (1,311 kg) is achieved as a result of this lightweight structure and the use of aluminium body panels. This figure sees the 540C almost 330 lbs lighter than its closest market 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 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint completed in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) in just 10.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h). Given this level of performance, 25.5 mpg on the EU combined cycle and emissions of just 258 g/km are an impressive achievement.


A subtly revised aerodynamic package and a dedicated wheel design mark out the 540C Coupe against the more powerful 570S Coupe. Unique aero blades below the front bumper channel cold, clean air through the lower bodywork and up over the sculpted bonnet, flanked by large LED headlamps. At the rear, the diffuser sits between the twin exhausts which exit below the rear bumper. The aerodynamically-led styling of the Sports Series Coupe includes intricately designed dihedral doors which include the elegant floating door tendon. This design feature channels air along the length of the door into the two integrated air intakes mounted in the rear quarter panel. This creates a clean path for the air to flow along the bodywork with minimal drag, directing towards the flying buttresses at the rear of the cabin which optimize air flow over the rear deck to increase downforce levels and aid engine cooling. An integrated spoiler at the trailing edge of the rear deck provides optimal downforce.


The 540C Coupe is fitted with distinctive new cast alloy wheels, available with silver or stealth finish, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear. These are fitted with Pirelli P Zero™ tires as standard, which have been developed specifically for the Sports Series to offer high levels of performance in all conditions, with progressive levels of grip and a focus on comfort. The 540C retains the Formula 1™-derived Brake Steer system, designed to aid cornering through the application of braking force to the inside rear wheel. This enables later braking into corners, and earlier application of power on exit.


The 540C features a newly-developed suspension system ensuring enhanced levels of driver engagement and refinement on both road and track. The system uses front and rear anti-rollbars, Formula 1™- style dual wishbones and independent adaptive dampers. The damper tuning has been revised from 570S to the 540C, with more focus on everyday road driving. Adaptive dampers offer control over bump and rebound settings using the familiar McLaren ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ handling settings, with the Sports Series having its own unique damper settings. In ‘Normal’ mode, the system provides a refined yet engaging ride, while the ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ settings allow a greater level of focus and engagement when required. Twin damper valves ensure precise control, while dual wishbone suspension provides optimized levels of ride quality and driver feedback.


The interior of the Sports Series has been created with a focus on space and ergonomics, offering great outward visibility and interior space for occupants and their belongings. Organic curves carried inside from the exterior design bring delicate tension without aggression to ensure the cabin remains a welcoming environment.


Inside the cabin, the 540C Coupe is luxuriously appointed with leather upholstery to the seats, dashboard and lower doors as standard. The ‘floating’ center console features a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen which controls all elements of the infotainment system. The air conditioning controls are also incorporated, as first seen on the McLaren P1™, minimizing switchgear in the cabin. The touchscreen also controls the standard DAB digital radio, as well as satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephony and media streaming, voice activation and the audio media player. The IRIS system also includes the electronic owner’s manual.


The McLaren 540C Coupe is the second model to join the Sports Series, and sits alongside the 570S Coupe.


* The 540C is not yet available for order in the North or South American markets, only the 570S is available for late 2015-early 2016 deliveries.




0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)                                3.5 seconds

0-200 km/h (0-124 mph)                              10.5 seconds

Top speed                                                          320 km/h (199 mph)      

Power-to-weight                                            412PS per ton (5.4 lbs per hp)



Engine configuration                                    V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc

Power                                                                  540PS (533 hp) @ 7,500 rpm

Torque                                                                 540Nm (398 lb ft) @ 3,500-6,500 rpm

Transmission                                                     7 Speed SSG

CO2                                                                        258 g/km

Economy                                                             25.5 mpg (EU combined)

Engine lubricant                                              Mobil 1 New Life™ 0W-40        



Dry weight                                                         1,311 kg (2,890lbs) with lightweight options

Weight distribution (f / r)                            42 / 58

Length                                                                                 4,530mm

Width                                                                   2,095mm

Height                                                                  1,202mm




Notes to Editors:

A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – www.media.mclarenautomotive.com.


About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey.


Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was launched in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1™ went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in coupe and Spider form in 2014, and has announced the Sports Series among the models to be introduced in 2015. The brand continues to expand, and McLaren posted a profit during 2013 – only the third year of vehicle production. This was followed in 2014, by a third consecutive year of growth in sales with a record 1,648 vehicles delivered via a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.


McLaren Automotive Partners                       
To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative and highly acclaimed sports cars, McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology including, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli and SAP.


Designed for the track; Developed for the road

The connection between Formula 1 and road cars at McLaren is a natural process of experience, knowledge, principles and process transfer. Through the integration of 50 years of Formula 1™ racing expertise and knowledge, and over 20 years of heritage in producing landmark sports cars, McLaren Automotive designs, develops and builds a range of technologically advanced and groundbreaking high performance sports cars which are designed to be a no compromise drive on both road and track.


McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production over the past 30 years, and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis.


Visit cars.mclaren.com for more details.




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