Cheapest New & Used McLaren Models – Woking Bargains
There is really no such thing as a cheap McLaren, and as such, I am going to make no attempt here to try and spin it that way. However, there certainly is a hierarchy when it comes to their lineup of cars and respective prices, making for models that are relatively more accessible than others.
With that higher entry fee, does come the prestige and acknowledgement of owning one of the most intricately engineered road cars in existence. Whether you wish to turn heads on the street or dominate at the race track, your McLaren was designed to do it all with aplomb.
Including the used market in the conversation does create more options for one to get into the brand, although a halo McLaren will always be a halo McLaren. Here is a list of the cheapest brand new McLarens you can buy today, along with the most affordable models you are likely to come across while scouring the classifieds.
This is McLaren’s entry level model – a mid-mounted 533 hp 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 driving the rear wheels of the 540C. Despite its lower price, the 540C inherits performance-aiding technologies from its pricier siblings, such as a system that provides extra braking to a rear wheel to help the car around a corner.
The figures: 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-124 mph in 10.5 seconds, a top speed of 199 mph and a power-to-weight ratio of 412 horsepower per ton. More than enough to impress your friends. What more could you get for your money?
This is the car you buy when you are sick of your Porsche. It is a true sports car experience – very driver centric with epic performance. We have found the 570S as the perfectly positioned car in the McLaren range. It has more performance than you could ever need on the road.
It is lightweight, has direct steering feedback and amazing driving dynamics. It looks like a supercar and comes with enough interior amenities to function suitably as a daily driver. 911 Turbo or 570S, I know which one I’d take – cue the 570S please.
The 570GT slots in interestingly within the model range, now that McLaren has launched a focused GT model. It adds extra comfort and practicality to the 570 body style. Performance is still tremendous, but it takes the edge off in some ways – which is plenty good for this application.
Still every bit a McLaren, it’s optimized for the road and makes the ultimate sports car experience one that’s perfect for daily use, longer journeys and weekends away from the office. It has a practical real glass hatch for extra storage, while its panoramic glass roof makes the car feel airy and spacious.
McLaren’s latest model. The McLaren GT is the automaker’s solution for executive customers looking for a high-performance luxury car. For the GT, the design team focused more on space and comfort in order to make cross-country trips and daily driving more enjoyable.
The car is also slightly more subdued in terms of design – a good thing for a daily driver. Under the skin the McLaren GT remains a characteristic beast. It has McLaren’s brand new 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 powerplant with 600+ horsepower, and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds on its way to a 200+ mph top speed.
The limited edition 600LT is the ultimate version of McLaren’s 570 range of cars – think of it like Ferrari’s 458 Speciale, to the 458. It uses a variation of McLaren’s twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 equipped in the 570S; in LT configuration, it makes 592 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. It has a dual-clutch automatic transmission and is rear wheel drive.
The handling is perfectly balanced and reassures you with its predictable characteristics, along with a firm ride derived from its track-natured approach. Standard carbon-ceramic brake discs, extensive carbon fiber and the rear massive wing will constantly remind you that this is a limited edition car designed for the track. Capable of eye-watering performance, it is deserving of its LT moniker.
The oldest and cheapest McLaren you are likely to run into when shopping the used market. In 2010, the McLaren MP4-12C was revealed as the first in a range of high-performance sports cars from the newly standalone company of McLaren Automotive. Prior to this, the McLaren brand was most famed for its involvement in building the world’s most critically acclaimed supercar, the McLaren F1 (1993-1998).
At its heart, the McLaren MP4-12C features a revolutionary carbon fibre chassis structure – the Carbon MonoCell – which would provide the foundation on which all of McLaren’s strong and lightweight supercars would be built upon.
Though it is largely inspired by the McLaren P1, the McLaren 650S is technically the spiritual successor of the MP4-12C. Like the car before it, the 650S promised to redefine the high performance supercar segment, and was designed and developed to provide the ultimate in driver engagement on the road and on the race track.
Available as a fixed-head coupé or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the 650S would usher in a distinguished lineup of Sports Series and Super Series cars to follow.
The McLaren 570S began its production run for the 2016 model year, so pre-owned examples have inevitably found their way to the used market. Generally speaking, the earliest model years tend to go for the least amount of money, making 16-17 examples the ones to watch. Low-mileage, gently used coupes and Spiders can be found for $50-60k less than a brand new model – definitely food for thought.
Very much the same story as the above-mentioned 570S. If you’re looking for something better suited for longer road trips and daily driving, you have choices here in the 570GT – plus you likely won’t have to pay any premium for deciding to take that path.
Offered as a coupé only, the 675LT was an evolution of the 650S into the most track-focused model in the McLaren Super Series of cars. Only available for the 2016 model year, the 675 LT could sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in a mind boggling 2.9 seconds, with controlled torque delivery ensuring optimized traction off the line.
The active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake is 50 percent bigger than the one fitted to the 650S, yet due its carbon fibre structure, is actually lighter. This is just one of the enhancements that add up to its performance oriented dry weight of just 1,230 kg.