When McLaren resurged into the supercar market in 2011 with the MP4-12C, the exotic sports car world was bowled over by its futuristic design and technological brilliance. And with every subsequent model released since, they have gone from strength to strength.
Their latest creation is no exception. Pumping out 529kW is no easy feat, but the 720S it going to do it without any real issues, thanks to the 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine. It will also produce an earth spinning 770Nm of torque. If that doesn’t make you wet your pants with excitement, then read on.
Officially unveiled at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the 720S is the second generation of the ‘Super Series’; a series of vehicles that “is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland” – Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.
The latest monster is here to replace the still young 650S, with its Carbon fibre chassis based around Monocage II, it weighs in at just 1,283kg. This, along with the twin-turbo V8 and the 7-speed seamless-shift gearbox, with catapult the car from 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 341km/h.
But if 100km/h is too slow, you can set off from a standstill to 200km/h in 7.8 seconds and then come to a stop in another 4.6 seconds. So, 0-200-0 in 12.4 seconds. (Please allow 1 hour after eating before driving.)
Oh, and it does 10.7L/100km.
Yes, the 720S looks very similar to a number of other cars in McLaren’s stable. But there are some key differences. They have removed the radiator intakes on the sides and replaced them with a “double skin” door system, than channels around the A-pillars into ducts within the door, forcing air into the mid-mounted engine.
The clever tech is as prevalent as ever in the 720S. New ‘Static Adaptive Headlights’ allow for better visibility when cornering and driving at high-speeds. But when the car gets to its cruising speed on 110km/h, they raise their level by half a degree to give better long distance visibility.
It comes with the usual ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes, but instead of going for the more and more common electronic power steering, McLaren have utilised a hybrid electro-hydraulic system that gives better feedback through the wheel.
The McLaren 720S features a staggered wheel setup, sitting on 19 inch alloys at the front, and 20 inch at the rear. Tucked inside them are giant carbon-ceramic brakes and at the back, the rear spoiler doubles as an air brake. As well as stopping you from 200km/h in 4.6 seconds, the 720S will pull you up from 100km/h in just 30 meters – more than enough to avoid hitting the car stopped in front of you. Just hope there’s no one behind you…
Inside, the story is much the same. A fully digital dashboard gives you instant readouts of what your car is doing, and being digital it can keep up with the insane speed and revs the engine produces. You can choose to display a simple Formula 1 style display, or the whole hog of dials.
Trim levels will include Standard, Performance and Luxury there will no doubt be a list of options longer than the braking distance.
All told, the 720S is simply the latest update in a long line of McLaren brilliance that is yet to come. Much like iPhone updates, there will be another one next year – but at least we know the power plug won’t change.
The 720S will start deliveries in Europe around May, with Australia expected to receive its first batch in the third quarter of this year. Prices start at $489,900* and you can order one now through your local McLaren dealership.
NOTE – *MRLP – Manufacturers Recommended List Price. Includes GST. Does not include any on-road costs, government taxes, dealer delivery charges or registration fees. Please see your local dealer for pricing to suit your situation.