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Trevor Collett | Dec, 01 2015 | 0 Comments

McLaren will reportedly draw the line at its current 540C and 570S models, as far as making its cars affordable to the masses.

While this could be a blow to buyers hopeful of seeing 'more-affordable' McLarens - like a ‘100C’ or ‘200S’ - it will no doubt be welcome news to existing McLaren customers.

Speaking with the UK’s Autocar, McLaren Chief Designer Robert Melville said the carmaker won’t chase volume sales through a lower entry-level model.

Mr Melville said a direct rival for Porsche’s Cayman was below the level McLaren was aiming for, and that the current rivals for Porsche’s 911 were as cheap as its models will get.

“[A Cayman rival] is a step too far - that is not exclusive enough for us,” Mr Melville said.

“You look at Ferrari. They are coming from very high end. This [the 570S] is stretching us down to R8s and 911s and is as low as we’d want to come.”

McLaren 540C
McLaren 540C

Mr Melville said the 570S was a sports car that could be used every day, yet maintained a degree of exclusivity for McLaren’s customers.

Company insiders reportedly believe that a ‘model’ 570S owner may choose the sports car as their only car, and that they may use a finance package to make the purchase.

This is vastly different from the typical 650S or P1 supercar customer, who is perceived to already own several other cars.

Mr Melville said a Grand Touring version of the 570S, set to be unveiled in 2016, would feature a different theme on styling from the original 570S.

But a Spider topless version which is set to follow in 2017 is believed to be styled on the 570S coupe.

Given each of these models will likely carry a higher price tag than the coupes, it seems the $379,000 570S and the $325,000 540C (both excluding on-road costs) will remain your cheapest ways of getting into a McLaren in Australia.

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