McLaren 540C review

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Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP from£137,190

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If we’re being sensible, no one needs to spend as much money on a two-seater as this car costs. You do, however, get a bit of kit for your cash, including climate control, leather seats and a touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity. However, very few people will be able to resist at least some of the numerous options available, but be warned: get trigger happy with your mouse when using the McLaren configurator and things will get decidedly expensive with just a few simple clicks.

It’s also worth knowing that the 540C is less thirsty and has lower emissions than some rivals. It beats the Audi R8 in standard and Plus guises, although a Porsche 911 Turbo is cheaper to run.

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The magnificent McLaren 540C is surprisingly usable, shockingly rapid and great fun to drive, even at everyday speeds

  • Communicative steering
  • Agile handling
  • Stunningly quick
  • Rivals sound better
  • R8 and 911 Turbo better in the wet
  • Disappointing infotainment system

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