McLaren 720S zooms to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds then becomes standstill in 4.6 seconds

Article by Christian A., on February 25, 2017

There is definitely a second-generation Super Series from McLaren. Even in camouflaged form, it is simply incredible. But while we still don’t have the full data on how truly dynamic the next generation of McLaren’s Super Series (known internally as P14) is, the British sports car maker is kind enough to provide us some information before it officially unveils its new supercar at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

First up is the firepower for the P14 Super Series. It will be powered by a new 4.0-liter M840T engine that employs ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers. It is expected that this powerplant will deliver more output than the engine fitted in the McLaren 650S, which boasts of around 650 hp. There are speculations that this turbocharged 4.0-liter M840T engine will be able to develop around 700 hp, 720 hp or 720 hp.

Whatever the final output figure would be, this engine would be powerful enough to allow the P14 supercar to sprint from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 7.8 seconds. McLaren didn’t reveal the zero-to-100 km/h time for the new Super Series, but it may divulge it later. However, the sports car maker did state that the new P14 Super Series could hit the standing quarter mile (400 meters) in just 10.3 seconds.

Haydn Baker, McLaren Super Series Vehicle Line Director, has remarked that the power, torque and throttle response of the second-gen Super Series are significantly improved compared to the first-gen Super Series – along with their fuel efficiency and emissions. To better emphasize the firepower of the engine, the P14 Super Series comes with a new exhaust system with an audio track well-matched to the powerplant’s performance.

Aside from telling us how quick the second-generation McLaren Super Series is to reach 200 km/h, the carmaker also disclosed how effective the braking capability of this new supercar is. According to McLaren, the P14 Super Series could decelerate from 200 km/h (124 mph) to a standstill in just 4.6 seconds. As soon as the driver fully hits the brakes while moving at 200 km/h, the new P14 Super Series would travel just 117 meters before it comes to a complete stop. This means that the new P14 Super Series travels less distance before achieving zero speed than the McLaren 650S (minus six meters).

Helping the new McLaren P14 supercar achieve such superb stopping power is a set of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires developed in close cooperation between the two companies. This new P Zero Corsa tires – designed to support the P14’s higher levels of mechanical grip – is one of the Pirelli tires that were developed just for the new Super Series.

More details could be expected from McLaren about its new Super Series in the coming days or on the actual unveiling of the new supercar at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7.

Press Release

SECOND-GENERATION McLAREN SUPER SERIES SET TO BE GENEVA SHOW-STOPPER

The second-generation McLaren Super Series, which will be unveiled on March 7 at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, is set to redefine expectations of supercar capability with phenomenal stopping performance to equal its extreme acceleration. Reaching 200km/h (124mph) in 7.8 seconds, McLaren’s new supercar can then brake to a standstill in just 4.6 seconds and 117 metres – six metres less than the 650S and almost on par with the legendary McLaren P1TM *.

“As well as delivering the outstanding driver involvement and enjoyment for which the brand is renowned, McLaren’s new supercar will also excel in everyday driving,” explained McLaren Automotive Chief Test Driver, Chris Goodwin. “The extreme performance and dynamic prowess of the second-generation Super Series, honed by testing at the limits and beyond, provides the perfect foundation for it to be the most complete supercar across the full range of use.” McLaren has released a short film showing the car during dynamic testing, driven by Chris Goodwin.

The exceptional braking capabilities of the second-generation Super Series were perfected during the most rigorous development programme of dynamic technologies ever undertaken by McLaren Automotive. Lighter, stiffer brake calipers, carbon-ceramic discs as standard and optimised brake pedal feel and modulation at the limit are key elements in delivering the incredible stopping power, with tyre performance also critical.

Working in close co-operation with Pirelli, McLaren engineers developed a new, bespoke Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyre for the second-generation Super Series that supports a six per cent improvement in mechanical grip compared to the McLaren 650S. The Corsa tyre is one of a range of Pirelli tyres developed specifically for McLaren’s new supercar, all of which provide superb driver feedback as well as ensuring extreme levels of grip and braking performance.

Further details of the second-generation McLaren Super Series will be confirmed on March 7, when a full range of images will also be available.

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