2016 McLaren 570S to start at $219,750; 540C a groundbreaking $196,500
(New York, NY) - May 18, 2015 – McLaren North America, together with Pfaff Automotive Partners - the exclusive distributor for McLaren automobiles in Canada - today announced pricing for the exciting new McLaren Sports Series models.
In addition, the McLaren 540C, the most attainable McLaren yet, will debut in Canada at an MSRP of $196,500. Like the 570S, it shares its DNA with models in the Super Series and Ultimate Series, including a lightweight carbon-fibre chassis and race-derived technologies. It too 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 engine speeds. As its name suggests, a dedicated application of the award-winning McLaren power unit generates 540PS (533HP).
At the heart of both models is the unique carbon-fibre MonoCell II chassis, newly designed with a greater focus on day-to-day usability, and offering improved ingress to and egress from the cabin. Both the 570S and 540C deliver power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless shift gearbox (SSG) which sees the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint completed in 3.5 seconds for the 540C and 3.2 seconds for the 570S.
The design of the Sports Series Coupe includes intricate dihedral doors which include an 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 air to the flying buttresses at the rear of the cabin to optimize air flow over the rear deck and increase downforce and engine cooling.
Both the 540C and 570S have distinctive new alloy wheels, available with silver or stealth finish, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear, fitted with Pirelli P Zero tires on the 540C, and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires on the 570S. Both 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. Both vehicles retain the Formula 1™-derived Brake Steer system, designed to aid cornering through the application of braking force to the inside rear wheel.
The Sports Series features a newly-developed suspension system that delivers driver engagement and refinement on road and track. The system uses front and rear anti-roll bars, Formula 1™- style dual wishbones, and independent adaptive dampers. The damper tuning of the 540C is distinct from the 570S, with more focus on day-to-day road driving. Adaptive dampers offer control over bump and rebound settings using the familiar McLaren Normal, Sport and Track handling settings.
A floating centre console features a seven-inch touchscreen which controls all elements of the infotainment system and the air conditioning controls.
Orders for the new McLaren Sports Series are being taken now, with first Canadian deliveries of the 570S anticipated in November 2015.