The McLaren 720S is the first product launched within McLaren's second generation Super Series and flaunts the widest breadth of dynamic ability of any McLaren yet. In fact, it sets new standards for the Super Series’ cornering performance, driver enjoyment and ride comfort, enhancing the power, torque and throttle response, and improving fuel efficiency and emissions.
But more than that, it’s a car that goes well beyond the accepted limits of performance in the supercar sector. It redefines them. Faster, lighter and more dynamically capable, it’s unlike anything that’s gone before.
The new 720S looks beautifully modern, flaunting thin LED brake lights, aggressive curves and butterfly style doors that open up to reveal the car’s spectacular interior in all its glory.
Undeniably a McLaren, the 720S is rooted in pure aerodynamic principles, with purposeful form that has zero superfluous aspects to it. Everything has a purpose. Even things that aren’t there – the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car. Interestingly this is achieved using the unique double skin aerodynamic form of the dihedral door which channels air to the high-temperature radiators that cool the phenomenal mid-mounted engine. Could there be anything that personifies McLaren’s design ambition more?
And in true McLaren style the interior is a luxurious haven, featuring the finest leathers and aluminium switches. A cosseting haven you long to return to, whether driving into town or back from the track.
Powered by a fearsomely powerful twin turbo V8 engine displacing 4-litres, this new model is lighter, stronger and faster. Outputting 720PS and with a focus on driving joy, every part of the new powerplant is refined to maximise power and sharpen responses.
From a standstill to 100km/h (62mph) takes less than 3 seconds and just 5 seconds later the car has passed the 200 km/h (124mph) mark on its way to its max speed of 341km/h (212mph). Of course, such impressive acceleration requires braking that’s equally as impressive. And the 720S can come to a halt from 200 km/h (124mph) in just 4.6 seconds. That’s quicker than it took you to read the last sentence.
Despite the striking looks and extraordinary power, the new technology features found in the new model are arguably most impressive, boasting a new Proactive Chassis Control II system and variable drift control.
Added to this is McLaren’s expertise in carbon fibre structures which underpins the construction of the new 720S. The architecture is based around a new carbon fibre ‘tub’ and upper structure, the McLaren Monocage II. This delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a very lightweight structure.
But most noteworthy is the revolutionary foldable digital gauge display system, called the McLaren Driver Interface, that gives you finger-tip control on how much information you want to view – so you can enjoy the drive without any distractions.
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1,196mm|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1,419 kg / 3,128 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||4.0-litre/V8|
|Engine Capacity||3994 cc|
|Max Torque||770 Nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Max Power||710 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Top Speed||212 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 2.8 sec|
|Combined cycle||10.7 l/100km|