McLaren has shown the new 720S supercar at the Geneva motor show, representing the first of its second generation Super Series cars.
McLaren has launched the new 720S at the 2017 Geneva motor show, the Woking-based company’s long-awaited replacement for the 650S. It’s a significant car, being the first of the second-generation Super Series cars – making use of a new and improved carbon fibre central structure.
As the name suggests, the 720S packs more impressive punch than the outgoing car, thanks to a virtually new 710bhp and 568lb ft 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The basic design is carried over, but significant amount of the internals have been beefed up, lightened and optimised further. The turbochargers are new, as is the cast aluminium inlet plenum, with the fuel injector count doubling to 16. The seven-speed transmission remains, with improved shift times.
McLaren has come a long way in a short amount of time, and since launching the MP4-12C in 2011 has spun a number of models off its Super Series Monocell central structure. For the 720S’s Monocage II, developments learned from the P1 development have been put into practice. The biggest change is that the Monocage II now includes the roof structure, unlike Monocell, while the door sills have been lowered while a section of the roof opens with the roof to to make access easier. Bodywork is primarily aluminium.
The dry weight has dropped by 18kg to 1283kg, which helps the 720S on its way to a claimed 2.8sec 0-62mph time. It will hit 124mph in 7.8sec, but perhaps more impressively, it can demolish a standing quarter-mile in 10.3sec. Top speed is pegged at 212mph.
Under the skin, the McLaren has all new aluminium suspension components, which save 16kg of unsprung mass. There’s a new and improved chassis control system – called Proactive Chassis Control II – which adds a whole host of new sensors. Wider Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres and standard carbon ceramic brakes complete the package.
Offered in three trim options, from Standard to Performance via Luxury, there will be endless spec options for customers, with McLaren’s MSO department able to offer more extreme options if you want to go wild. Prices start from £208,600, and the first deliveries are expected during the Summer.