The new McLaren 720S made its global debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, thereby introducing the second-generation of McLaren’s Super Series.
“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.” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.
The unveiling of McLaren’s new supercar confirms both the 720S name and 720PS of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series, details which have been teased online in recent months. The new 720S is claimed to be lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its McLaren 650S predecessor, with “unparalleled levels of interior space”.
You might notice 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 twin-turbocharged V8 engine series. The 4.0-litre engine, which has 41 percent new part content compared to the 3.8-litre engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generates a maximum of 720PS and 770Nm of torque.
Standstill to 100km/h (62mph) takes less than 3 seconds and just 5 seconds later the car has passed the 200km/h (124mph) mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph). Braking is equally impressive, the new 720S coming to a halt from 200km/h (124mph) in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117m.
The architecture of the car is based around a new carbon fibre ‘tub’ and upper structure, the McLaren Monocage II. This technology claims to deliver extreme strength and rigidity in a lightweight structure. A range of aluminium alloys are also used extensively in the chassis, as well as for some body panels.
The 720S further features a new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and McLaren’s power-assisted, electro-hydraulic steering. The 720S’s cabin is trimmed in leathers and machined aluminium, while featuring the McLaren Driver Interface, which comprises 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. The new McLaren 720S costs from £208,600 (UK).
|Engine configuration||M840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc|
|Drivetrain layout||Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD|
|Power PS (bhp/kW @ rpm||720 (710/537) @ 7,500|
|Torque Nm (lbs ft) @ rpm||770 (568) @ 5,500|
|Transmission||7 Speed SSG|
|Suspension||Independent adaptive dampers, dual wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II)|
|Brakes||Carbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm)|
|Wheels (inches)||Front: 9J x 19; Rear: 11J x 19|
|Tyres||F: 245/35/R19 93Y (XL); R: 305/30/R20 103Y (XL)|
|Length, mm (inches)||4,543 (179)|
|Wheelbase, mm (inches)||2,670 (105)|
|Height, mm (inches)||1,196 (47)|
|Width, with mirrors, mm (inches)||2,161 (85)|
|Width, mirrors folded, mm (inches)||2,059 (81)|
|Width, without mirrors, mm (inches)||1,930 (76)|
|Lightest dry weight, kg (lbs)||1,283 (2,828.5)|
|DIN Kerb weight, kg (lbs) [fluids + 90% fuel]||1,419 (3,128)|
|Luggage capacity||Front: 150l; Rear: 210l|
|0 -60mph||2.8 seconds|
|0-100 km/h (0-62mph)||2.9 seconds|
|0-200 km/h (0-124mph)||7.8 seconds|
|0-300 km/h (0-186mph)||21.4 seconds|
|0-400 m / ¼ mile||10.3 seconds|
|Maximum Speed||341km/h (212 mph)|
|200 – 0 km/h (124mph – 0) braking||4.6 seconds/117 m|
|100 – 0 km/h (62mph – 0) braking||2.8 seconds/29.7 m|
|CO2 emissions [NEDC]||249 g/km|
|Fuel consumption – EU mpg (l/100km)|
|10.7 l /100km|
15.8 l /100km
7.9 l /100km
* All figures subject to confirmation. MPG (UK/US) not yet available.