Confirmed – Entry-level McLaren 540C image

A new entry-level sports car will be officially introduced by McLaren in the near future, as this will be wearing the 540C name.

After officially pulling the wraps off the brand new 570S Coupe, previously known as the Sports Series, during the 2015 New York Auto Show, the company’s bosses have also confirmed a new entry-level model, which will be called the 540C. The announcement has been made by the McLaren executive director of Product Development, Mark Vinnels.

“The business plan is not based around chasing volume and it would be the wrong thing to do, McLaren is about exclusivity. If we go lower, there’s more volume. It was a tough challenge to build a carbon tub for the Super Series – never mind the Sport Series”, said the company’s official.

The McLaren 540C will be identical to the 570S but it will be following the same recipe as the 650S did with the 625C. This means that all of the components and chassis will be used, along with the familiar 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 engine, which is said to produce a total output of 540 HP. Keep in mind that the same engine is also found on the recently unveiled 570S, which is rated at 570 HP (419 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque, connected to a 7-speed SSG transmission, sending power to the rear-wheel drive. It is not known at this time whether McLaren will introduce the 540C or the 570S Spider next but chances are the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, is where it will all happen.

Source: AutoExpress