The unveiling of McLaren’s new supercar confirms both the 720S name and 720PS horsepower of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series. Known as ‘entry, core and high’ by its engineers, these models are largely based on McLaren Automotive’s inaugural car, the 2011 MP4-12C. But the 720S marks a new generation and is said to be 90 percent brand-new.
“Super Series 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. This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new 720S is absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
Some of the components you will find remain essentially the same: The carbon-fiber tub for example is similar to its the predecessor, the 650S, but for the 720S the team chose to swap aluminum for carbon fiber. The powerplant is also familiar with its, quad-cam, dry-sump, twin-turbo configuration, but displacement has been increased from 3.8 to 4.0 liters, with a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, similar to those those that you will find in the P1 hypercar.
Performance data shows some increases over its older brother, the 650S Coupe. 0-62 mph time is down from 3.0 to 2.9 seconds, 0-124 mph is down from 8.4 to 7.8 seconds, and 0-186 mph is reduced from 25.4 to 21.4 seconds. Top speed increases from 207 to 212 mph, and the standing quarter-mile time is down from 10.5 to 10.3 seconds. The new 720S was also put on a diet, down 40 pounds from the 650S to 2,829 pounds dry and 3,128 fueled.
The 720S connects to the road with Pirelli P Zero tires 245/35/ZR19 in the front, with slightly smaller carbo-ceramic brake rotors inside and AP Racing six-pot calipers. At the rear, you will find 305/30/ZR19 Pirellis giving it a slightly wider track.
Styling looks different but leaves you with a sense of familiarity that links it to all other McLarens. The design language gives a perception of a low-drag Le Mans-style tail with a low front end. 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. Clearly form following function.
Next generation Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the power-assisted, electro-hydraulic steering, all combine to deliver huge reserves of grip, balance and performance and an unmatched breadth of dynamic capabilities.
The interior cabin is appointed with fine hand-crafted leathers, machined aluminum trim, is complemented by the all new McLaren Driver Interface, which includes a folding driver display and central infotainment screen.
The new McLaren 720S is now available to order from McLaren retailers, with the first customers scheduled to receive their cars in May. Three grades of specification are offered, with Performance and Luxury trims extending above the standard level, all complemented by a range of option packs. Additional informationon the new McLaren 720S, which costs from £208,600 (UK), can be found on the McLaren website: http://cars.mclaren.com/super-series/720s .
And while you are there be sure to visit the McLaren 720S Configurator. Below is how we would build ours, in MSO Sarthe Grey. Show us your configuration in the comments below!
We leave you with a video from the team at McLaren showing us just how special the 720S is. Our team at Exotic Excess can’t wait for the oppertunity to have a go in the new Mac!
Length, mm (inches)
Wheelbase, mm (inches)
Height, mm (inches)
Dry weight, kg (lbs)
Curb weight, kg (lbs)
M840T engine,4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc
Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
7 Speed SSG
(bhp/kW @ rpm 720 (710/537) @ 7,500
(lbs ft) @ rpm 770 (568) @ 5,500
Independent adaptive dampers, dual wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II)
Carbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm)
Front: 9J x 19; Rear: 11J x 19
F: 245/35/R19 93Y (XL); R: 305/30/R20 103Y (XL)
* All figures subject to confirmation. MPG (UK/US) not yet available.0 -60mph
0-100 km/h (0-62mph)
0-200 km/h (0-124mph)
0-300 km/h (0-186mph)
0-400 m / ¼ mile
Maximum Speed2.8 seconds
341km/h (212 mph)
McLaren 720S introduces the second-generation Super Series, the supercar product family at the heart of the McLaren brand
- Stunning new interpretation of McLaren design language and dedication to aerodynamic principles, personifying the brand’s extreme performance DNA
- Carbon fibre chassis based around Monocage II central structure key to the 1,283kg lightest dry weight and unparalleled interior space and visibility
- Luxurious, driver-focused cabin, featuring the finest leathers and aluminium switches
- New 720S delivers outstanding driver engagement, with best-ever Super Series aerodynamic efficiency and new generation of McLaren’s active chassis system, Proactive Chassis Control II
- Widest breadth of dynamic capability of any McLaren, ranging from precise, controlled comfort to the most extreme handling prowess
- New, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine produces 720PS and 770Nm, with power-to-weight ratio of up to 561PS per tonne
- 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds (0-100km/h 2.9 seconds), with 0-200km/h (124mph) reached in 7.8 seconds and maximum speed of 212mph (341km/h)
- Braking from 200 km/h to standstill in 4.6 seconds, covering 117m
- Deliveries of McLaren’s new supercar will commence in May: prices start at: £208,600 (UK)
Bonus Video: McLaren Automotive press conference at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show