The new mid-engine, rear–wheel-drive, two-seater McLaren 720S is a successor to the 650S Coupe. Celebrated as an aerodynamic superior, 720S’s new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 delivers all of its 710 horsepower to the rear wheels thru its seven-speed paddle shift gearbox. Its aluminum/carbon fiber package weighs over 2,800 pounds and also has cool dihedral doors.
Based on McLaren’s 3.8-liter engine, 720S’s mill has a lighter crankshaft with a longer stroke, lighter pistons and connecting rods, new turbos and a host of other upgrades. Highest power hits at 7,500 revs en route to an 8,200 rpm redline, with 537 pound-feet of torque reaching at most 5,500 revs.
In the McLaren 720S, air is managed around the A-pillars and channeled into the door ducts, letting it flow into gills on each side of the engine. The smart mechanism advances engine cooling by 15 percent while also providing additional downforce.
720S’s new design includes the roof, which is something that’s quite new in the Super Series. The interior has a minimalist feel taking more interactions with the eight-inch touch display. The Folding Driver Display expands to provide traditional look and slims down to display basic details while showing better forward visibility.
Moreover, the 720S carries an active rear wing which spans the full width of a car and activates automatically as needed. Its three-position operation is aided by optimal settings designed for handling, straight-line speed, and gigantic air brake which support stability and stopping distance. In addition to the gigantic air brake, carbon ceramic disc brakes pull the 720S from 125 miles per hour to a stop in 4.6 seconds.
McLaren 720S’s lightest dryweight, incomparable interior space and visibility is supported by Proactive Chassis Control II, a carbon fiber based around Monocage II central structure. This uses hydraulically interlinked dampers at each wheel to completely ditch anti-roll bars.
Engineers developed a new control system which uses “advanced algorithms” to make the car cruise freely at the request of the drivers. They can choose from three suspension modes available: Comfort, Sport, or Track modes, depending on the driving experience they want. And because drifting is a trend nowadays, McLaren offers a new Variable Drift Control System in which drivers can choose the level of traction assist and desired drift angle. In all probability, the 720S takes it from there.
McLaren says the 720s targets 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, a quarter mile in 10.3 seconds and top out at 212 mph. U.S figures for fuel economy haven’t been released but European stats say 720S should expect combined ratings north of 20 miles per gallon.
Deliveries will start in May with retail prices starting at an average of 5% more than the 650S.