McLaren’s Super Series is entering its second generation with the introduction of the 720S. Teased since January ahead of the Geneva motor show, the new 720S supercar sports a new design and a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine.
Horsepower is 710 (720 PS, or metric horsepower, hence the name) while torque measures 568 lb-ft. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Hitting 60 mph from a standstill takes just 2.8 seconds, and 124 mph happens in 7.8 seconds. Braking from 124 mph takes just 4.6 seconds in 383 feet, according to McLaren. A quarter mile run takes 10.3 seconds.
The new design removes the radiator intakes on the side of the car. The dihedral doors instead channel air through a “double-skin” design — a channel carved into the door itself — to high-temperature radiators. The design is built around a new carbon fiber tub and an upper structure called the Monocage II. Aluminum alloys are used in the chassis and for some of the body panels, which helps keep weight to a modest 3,128 pounds (wet and with 90 percent fuel).
Inside, the 720S sports an 8-inch folding driver display, which can fold to display different information depending on what the driver needs. There is a full display mode that will provide speed, navigation, audio and other bits of information. Slim mode folds screen showing only the most essential driving information.
The McLaren 720S will come in three trims — base, Performance and Luxury. Currently, orders can be placed at McLaren retailers with first customers scheduled to receive their cars in May. Starting price is $284,745, plus destination. Expect a slew of option packs to be available.