The anticipated new McLaren Super Series supercar finally came out of the woodworks at the Geneva Motor Show, in the form of the 720S. The second-generation McLaren Super Series, 720S, is lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its McLaren 650S predecessor, with unparalleled levels of interior space and sophistication and a breadth and depth of abilities that will engage and exhilarate the driver.
One glance at the 720S identifies it as a bold reinterpretation of McLaren’s design language; rooted in aerodynamic principles, the beautiful form has nothing superfluous about it: immediately and undeniably a McLaren, the new 720S is arguably the most distinctive and remarkable McLaren yet.
One of the key points in the design of the new Super Series is the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car; this function is carried out instead by the unique ‘double-skin’ aerodynamic form of the dihedral doors, which channel air to the high-temperature radiators that cool the mid-mounted engine.
The new M480T engine powering the 720S continues the lineage of McLaren’s multiple-award-winning, twin-turbocharged V8 engine series. The 4.0-liter engine, which has 41 percent new part content compared to the 3.8-liter engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generates a maximum of 720PS and 770Nm of torque.
Performance is truly astonishing: standstill to 100 km/h takes less than 3 seconds and just 5 seconds later the car has passed the 200 km/h mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341 km/h. Braking is equally impressive, the new 720S coming to a halt from 200 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117m. Additionally, the extreme efficiency of the engine also goes beyond mere velocity: the new McLaren 720S delivers 10.7 liters/km combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions of just 249 g/km in NEDC.
Inside, the 720S comes with some finely-crafted leathers and machined aluminium and is complemented by the revolutionary new McLaren Driver Interface. The driver interface comprises a Folding Driver Display and Central Infotainment Screen. In combination with a cabin environment that establishes new standards in the supercar segment for visibility, space and comfort.
The architecture of the car is based around a new carbon fiber ‘tub’ and upper structure, the McLaren Monocage II. This technology delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a lightweight structure and is the ideal base for any supercar. A range of aluminium alloys are also used extensively in the chassis, as well as for some body panels. A new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the established excellence of McLaren’s power-assisted, electro-hydraulic steering, all combine to deliver huge reserves of grip, balance and performance and an unmatched breadth of dynamic capabilities.
Three grades of specification are offered for the 720S, with Performance and Luxury trims extending above the standard level, all complemented by a range of option packs. The new McLaren 720S’ starting price rings from 208,600 pounds.