New in the rental fleet for the 2017 season is the McLaren 540C Coupé from the McLaren Sports Series model range. The 540C is described as the “most attainable and useable McLaren ever”, but do not be fooled by those words to think that this is nothing special. The McLaren 540C still comes packed with supercar performance with it’s 540 horsepower V8 engine that will move the car from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.5 seconds. When McLaren uses the word useable they are trying to say this is your everyday high performance car – the perfect road trip car, perhaps. You have a fairly generous luggage capacity – 144-litre boot in the front – and inside the car there are plenty of smart stowage areas.
To say this is a “baby McLaren” still feels a little misleading perhaps, because nothing about this car makes it look like an entry level car. It is a little less expensive than the McLaren 570S, but you can not tell that from the looks. The cars look almost identical. The McLaren 540C does however come with slightly lower sills compared to the top range supercars from McLaren, which makes getting in and out of the car easier. The 540C also comes with revised dampers, which should make the ride a little smoother compared to what you get in the 570S.
Both the 540C and 570S have the same engine, a 3.8L twin-turbo V8. The small difference is that in the 570S you get 562 horsepower, but in the 540C a little less – 533 horsepower. This makes the 570S a little quicker in both acceleration and top speed, but the 540C still accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 320 km/h. We are not sure if sports car is a superlative enough description for a car with these performance figures – the McLaren 540C sounds more like your everyday supercar, with a reasonable price tag for the performance you get.
A little easier to live with perhaps, compared to some other cars from this segment, but once you hit the throttle on a nice road the thrill is present.
Be one of the first to test drive the new McLaren 540C Coupé this year – the car is available now on our driving tours with start in South of France. However if you would prefer to experience the car in another region of Europe – perhaps a drive up on the mighty Stelvio Pass or a tour in the Austrian Alps – do not hesitate to contact us to receive a quote.
Official site: cars.mclaren.com/sports-series/540c