Technically, the McLaren 540C is the British firm’s entry-level car, although that classification seems more than a little unfair. While it’s certainly the cheapest car they offer, it still gets a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 like every other McLaren currently on sale.
In the 540C, it develops a mighty 532bhp, enough for a 0-62mph time of just 3.4sec and a top speed of 199mph. They may sound like supercar numbers, but McLaren classify this as part of their Sports Series, that includes the 570S and 570GT.
It certainly goes up against cars that many would say are super – the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. Like those cars, it’s designed to be usable on a daily basis rather than as a weekend-only adrenaline pump.
Over the next few pages we'll tell you how it matches up to those rivals, how practical it is and even what it’ll cost to run. More importantly, we'll tell you just how much fun it is, too.