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    The independent McLaren 540C video review
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      A RACING CERTAINTY?(some text hidden)

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      Ten Second Review word count: 48

      McLaren claim their 540C Coupe is its most attainable supercar yet and will bring its racebred DNA to a brand new audience - people who'd normally be looking at cars like top Porsche 911 Turbos and Audi R8s. It's the most important model the brand has launched yet.


      Background word count: 152

      In a way, everything that the McLaren roadcar brand has done up to now has been leading to this. A sportscar you don't need an impossibly large lottery win to afford. A model that can go head to head with more mainstream sportscar contenders from makers like Porsche and Audi. The 540C is exactly that car. It's the least powerful member of McLaren's 'Sports' series, part of the brand's three-tier model range that also includes pricier 'Super' and 'Ultimate' model ranges. Already residing in the 'Sports' series is the 570bhp 570S model, but that car costs nearly £150,000 and goes only fractionally faster than this 540bhp 540C, a machine you could own for not much more than £125,000. That's still a hefty slug of cash of course, but if you happen to be looking at cars like Porsche's 911 Turbo or Audi's R8 V10, it certainly puts McLaren in the right ballpark.


      Driving Experience word count: 282

      The 540C Coupe is a pure sportscar. With 540PS and 540Nm of torque available, it's staggeringly fast, taking just 3.5 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph and then on to 124mph in 10.5 seconds. Top speed is 199mph. In other words, it's hardly any slower than the pricier 570S model - and is very much a pure McLaren, sharing its DNA with the marque's more outrageous models, which means it gets a lightweight carbonfibre 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 revs. There's 600Nm of torque available from just 3,500rpm - quite something in a car which weighs not much more than 1,300kg. Power is delivered through the rear wheels via a seven-speed 'seamless shift gearbox' (SSG). Thankfully there's lot of things to help harness that power, including the McLaren's Formula 1-derived Brake Steer system, designed to aid cornering through the application of braking force to the inside wheel. This enables later braking into corners and the earlier application of power on exit. Aerodynamics help keep the 540C glued to the road too. Air is channelled along the length of the doors into 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 it to the flying buttresses at the rear of the cabin. In turn, this makes the most of airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce levels and help keep the powerplant cool. An integrated spoiler at the trailing edge of the rear deck also aids in the creation of downforce.


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      Category: Compact Car

      Performance
      80%
      Handling
      100%
      Comfort
      100%
      Space
      60%
      Styling
      80%
      Build
      90%
      Value
      90%
      Equipment
      60%
      Economy
      80%
      Depreciation
      70%
      Insurance
      50%
      Total
      78%
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