McLaren Automotive has been in the business of building road cars for just six years now, yes the first one was the incredible 2011 Mp4-12C. This however, is the McLaren 720S Super Series coupe – something that looks like it came straight out of a Sci-Fi flick.
The overall design is so unconventional and heavily aero optimized, it looks like it was designed in the wind tunnel and not on paper. Still, it remains true to its roots and is easily identifiable as one of McLaren’s cold blooded supercar killers.
The British manufacturer says the Mclaren 720s is all new, everything on it has been specifically and purposely designed for the 720S. let’s start off with the carbon fiber Monocage II structure that replaces the Monocell, an improved version of the carbon fiber monocoque used in the P1. The Monocage II allows easier entrance and exit as well and a much more airy cabin.
The Mclaren 720s weighs in at 2,828 pounds (1,282 kg) without fluids, which means it’s lighter than the 650S. The car’s greenhouse is mostly glass as it allows for one of the best visibility structures seen on a modern day supercar.
As you would expect, performance is nothing short of astounding thanks to the M840T 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine that produces 720-HP and 568 lb-ft of torque. It’s pretty fast too, 0 to 62mph is done with in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 184 mph takes just 21.4 seconds until the car tops out at 212 mph. The Quarter mile is achieved in 10.3 seconds.
To replace the 650S, McLaren had to go all out seeing how that car is already very effective in every aspect. They worked on improving aerodynamic efficiency by twice as much, they added cooling and airflow ducts incorporated within the headlights and a full width active spoiler. The results? A car that’s twice as good.
Engineers also developed a chassis that has no roll bars but uses 12 additional sensors to optimize dynamics. The Mclaren 720s also has a split personality – It could feel like a very comfortable GT tourer when you want it to be, and a fully fledged track car like the 675LT when you choose track mode. They also added the naughty drift mode that seems to be the norm these days, geez. Chris Harris must be happy now.
The interior looks like it shares nothing with previous McLarens, it’s much simpler and it heavily relies on function over anything with a driver centric design. If you’re going to track your car, there’s no place that would be as good as the McLaren 720S’s cockpit.
The exterior is similar to the P1, but seems to be a tamer version of the hypercar – sort of what you would get without electric assist. It’s also very functional, everything seems to be leading somewhere and air is being utilized to the maximum.
What do you think? Good job McLaren.