McLaren’s new 720S is lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its 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 road car 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-litre engine, which has 41 percent new content compared to the 3.8-litre engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generates a maximum of 720bhp of power and 770Nm of torque.
Performance is truly astonishing – standstill to 100km/h takes less than 3 seconds, and just 5 seconds later, the car has passed the 200km/h mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341km/h. Braking is equally impressive, with the new 720S coming to a halt from 200km/h in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117 metres.
The extreme efficiency of the engine also goes beyond mere velocity – the 720S delivers 10.7 litres/100km combined fuel economy and a CO2 emission of just 249g/km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
McLaren’s expertise in carbon fibre structures (every road car built by the British manufacturer since the McLaren F1 in 1993 has had a carbon fibre chassis) underpins the construction of the new 720S. Its architecture is based around a new carbon fibre “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.
The hand-crafted luxury inherent in a McLaren, with the authenticity of fine leathers and machined aluminium, is complemented by the revolutionary new McLaren Driver Interface, which 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, these attributes give the new McLaren 720S an incredible degree of usability and validate its claim to be the most complete supercar on sale today.
McLaren also sells a range of scale model supercars.