McLaren has launched its second model that will be part of its prestigious McLaren Sports series.

McLaren 540CThe 540C Couple was launched at the Shanghai Motor Show, which is happening this week, and attracts some of the world’s biggest car fans.

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Described as the most attainable McLaren ever available, the car has a lightweight carbon fibre chassis, which has been developed using racing technology. This means it has basic weight of just 1,311 kg – around 150 kg lighter than its closest rival.

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In terms of engine, it is fitted with a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine which is capable of generating 540PS at 7,500 rpm and 540Nm of torque at 3,500-6,500 rpm.

Fans of McLaren will pleased to discover the finish of the overall look of the car is purely sports-inspired.

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The 540C Coupe has alloy wheels, available in silver or stealth finish, with 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear – and Pirelli P Zero tyres as standard. It also benefits from McLaren’s Formula 1-derived Brake Steer system, which is specially designed to help drivers brake later into corners.

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Inside, there is a focus on comfort with ergonomic seats helping to make a welcoming cockpit. All of the seats, dashboard and lower doors are finished in leather and air-conditioning is fitted.

One of the highlights is the seven-inch IRIS touchscreen which controls all elements of the infotainment system and almost appears to be floating, so within easy reach of driver and passenger.

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The 540C Couple will be available to order from McLaren dealers and prices start at £126,000 for the base model

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