The sales of the McLaren Sports Series cars will commence in Australia from early 2016 as the British automaker looks to cut its entry-price to more accessible level.
The McLaren 570S was announced for Australia earlier this week and it has been priced at AU$408,000 (excluding on-road costs). This means that the 570S falls between the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S, and is AU$20,000 less than the Lamborghini Huracan. It’s also more than AU$50,000 cheaper than the 650S.
Given that the 650S was introduced at a price of around AU$460,000, the rate of the entry-level McLaren in Australia has been slashed by about AU$110,000. The slightly detuned version of the 570S, the 540C, will sell for AU$350,000. It will be launched a few months after the 570S.
The 570S and 540C are part of McLaren’s Sports Series range which is cheaper than both, the mid-tier Super Series (650S and 675 LT) and the top-end Ultimate Series (P1). The company is hoping to increase the annual output of these cars to around 4,000 units by 2016/17 and Australia is a crucial strategic market for it.
The 570S features a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 563 hp (420kW) and 600 Nm of torque. The engine is matched to a 7-speed SSG semi-automatic gearbox that allows the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 328 km/h. The 540C is fitted with the same engine but with lower power and torque output of 523 hp (397 kW) and 540 Nm respectively. It takes 3.5 seconds to reach 0 to 100 km/h and has a top speed of 320 km/h.
[News Source: CarAdvice]