After months and months of teasers, and its official debut at last month’s auto show held in Geneva, McLaren is proud to announce that the 720S has finally reached its most awaited production stage. In fact, the first ever car has already been built at the supercar maker’s production center in Woking, England.
The McLaren 720S is the second generation of the company’s “Super Series” cars. Being the successor of the former 650S, we expect a lot from this car. And it definitely lived up to that expectation. The 720S makes use of the all-new P14 chassis. Meaning that this is the beginning of a new chapter for McLaren, and the end of the first generation P11 series that was unveiled way back in 2009 in the 12C model, and produced in 2011. In fact, the 2014 650S model was part of the first generation, and according to the company, over 7,000 P11 cars have been sold since it was released.
McLaren celebrates this milestone, and it even posted a photo of the first two cars at the factory with hundreds of employees on social media with the caption “A landmark moment - The first production McLaren 720S is ready, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the McLaren Automotive story”.
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive added in his speech that this is the first time since the creation of the company in 2010 that it has replaced a model family with an all-new generation model.
With the Great White Shark as a design inspiration, it looks perfectly bold but sleek. Built with an aerodynamic skin that provides downforce for minimal drag, while weighing at just 2,800 pounds, the 720S is indeed a lighter, stronger, and faster version of its predecessor.
As we all know, the “720S” model name comes from the fact that this supercar yields up to 720 horsepower with its four-liter V8 engine. It offers an impressive acceleration figure of 2.8 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour (97 kph) from a stop, plus it has a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kph). McLaren promises that the 720S has the ability to reach 124 mph (200 kph) in just 7.8 seconds.
This year, the company aims to build a batch of 800 units of the 720S. And by 2018, there should be around 1,500 cars to roll out McLaren’s factory gates. The 720s is a great first step for McLaren. But that’s not all they’ve got as the automaker has plans to launch 15 more models before the end of 2022 - with a focus on just supercars. Unlike other brands like Porsche and Lamborghini that have been starting to build sedans, SUVs and wagons. It seems like huge things are coming for them and I’m pretty sure you all are excited too.