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The 540C is McLaren’s entry-level car, although that classification seems more than a little unfair. While it’s certainly the cheapest car the company offers, it still gets a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 like almost every other McLaren currently on sale. Save on a new McLaren 540C with What Car?: https://www.whatcar.com/mclaren/540/coupe/deals/ New videos are uploaded to What Car? each week. Don't miss a single one. Subscribe now: https://goo.gl/GlVQ58 Visit our website at https://www.whatcar.com/ What Car? is the UK's biggest car-buying brand and has been helping Britain's car buyers make purchasing decisions for more than 40 years. Our tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice. This channel brings you trusted reviews on all the new models on the market, all the latest first drives, reader reviews, and great car-buying advice. All reviews are available in full online at Whatcar.com - the UK's leading car-buying website, offering trusted reviews and data on every new car. The website also offers advice on car leasing, new car deals and new and used cars for sale. Follow What Car? here: LIKE What Car? on Facebook: https://goo.gl/yv5jF8 FOLLOW What Car? on Twitter: https://goo.gl/SJzmT8 Check out our full video catalog: https://goo.gl/OIGYuS
Is this the entry-level McLaren?
It certainly is. The £126,000 McLaren 540C slots into the Sports Series range below the 570S and 570GT and has (you won’t be shocked to learn) slightly less power. So the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 develops 533bhp and 398lb ft, instead of 562bhp and 443lb ft.
What difference does this make?
Well, here’s the thing: there’s a bit of a difference between what McLaren says the difference is, and what the actual difference is. So McLaren says this one hits 62mph in 3.5secs (0.3secs slower than the 570S), 124mph in 10.5secs (1.0secs slower) and can hit a 199mph top speed (5mph down)
So are you saying there’s no discernible difference between the 540C and 570S?
No, because flat-out pace is only one facet of performance – and one you can’t use that often. Or at least not for more than a handful of seconds.
Key here is the 45lb ft torque deficit – the 540C doesn’t ramp through the mid-range quite as ferociously as the 570S, so I found myself making more use of the paddles. With the engine pulling just 1900rpm at 70mph in seventh, you need to drop down a couple of gears to get the 540C to go properly.
Low-rev throttle response also seems tardier than I remember – the car seems noticeably more alert above 3500rpm, so I’m guessing some software alterations have taken place.
What other changes distinguish 540 from 570?
Very few. The front bumper and rear diffuser are marginally different apparently, but without having the two cars parked next to each other I couldn’t tell. There’s also a unique wheel design and the suspension has been softened a bit. But it’s not quite the same as the set-up used for the 570GT. That’s softer still apparently.
And you save £16,000 of course, which is pocket money worth having, though I suspect that the kind of people who buy these cars are the type who care about being seen in the more expensive one. It’s why Audi always sold more R8 V10s than V8s, and I suspect 911 Turbo Ss outsell vanilla 911 Turbos.
Should you buy a 540C, you might therefore be glad to know that there’s no external badging to reveal your tight-fistedness – the only 540C badge I could find sits at about mid-shin level on the console under the dash. Put something in the cupholder and you’ll obscure it completely.
And how is the rest of the cabin?
Fine. The trouble is that my current daily driver is an Audi R8, which has perhaps the finest supercar cabin of them all. The McLaren is cramped in comparison, the driver and passenger sitting close together and pressed forward towards the windscreen.
This is the first time I’ve driven a Sports Series McLaren that didn’t have the one piece seats, and I’m not convinced by these more adjustable seats. They’re very firmly padded, and didn’t hold me in place quite as tightly as I’d like. Plus you’ll need fingers like toothpicks to reach and operate the electric seat controls.
But you can get in and out in a reasonably civilised fashion. The doors pivot outwards as they swing up, so you don’t have to lean back and post yourself under a door and the sills are relatively narrow. That’s good.
You can see out well, the IRIS infotainment operates logically and the driving position can be as racy as you like. Pedals and steering wheel all operate with a precision that smacks of proper engineering know-how. You don’t so much get into the 540C, as put it on – the cabin is a snug fit and there’s a level of intuition to the controls that means you don’t have to think about your inputs.
That’s true of the 570S as well, isn’t it?
Absolutely – there’s very little difference between how the two cars drive. I will say one thing though. I couldn’t tell that the 540C rode detectably better than the 570S – both are very dexterous in that regard – but I think the altered damping has adversely affected steering response, injecting a fractional delay between you turning the wheel and something happening. It’s not quite as snappy on turn in as the 570S. Not quite.
It’s marginal though, and I only noticed it because of the precision with which the car drives. It feels its way along the road in an uncanny way. The whole chassis teems with information, chattering to you about surface condition, roll angle, weight balance and a thousand other things.
It’s super-detailed, yet inspires colossal confidence, making this emphatically a chassis car rather than an engine car.