McLaren has unveiled the new 720S under its second-generation Super Series category, at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. At 1,283 kg dry weight, the 720S is lighter than its predecessor – the 650S, all thanks to the company’s Monocage II carbon construction.
The 720S’ body has been designed to let the air pass-thru as efficiently as possible with lots of gaps and gapes. There are no radiator intakes on the side of the car, as this function is carried out by the ‘double-skin’ aerodynamic form of the dihedral doors, which channel air to the high-temperature radiators to cool down the mid-mounted engine.
Speaking of the engine, the new M480T 4.0 litre V8 twin-turbo produces 720 PS (710 bhp) @ 7500 rpm and 770 Nm of torque @ 5500 rpm, boasting a power-to-weight ratio of up to 561 PS per tonne. McLaren says, even though its based on the 3.8 litre engine, 41% part components are new. Transmission is taken care by a 7 Speed dual clutch automatic with paddle shifters, sending power to the rear wheels.
McLaren revealed the performance figures too. Standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes less than 3 seconds, and a top speed of 341 km/h (212 mph). The 720S can come to a halt from 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 4.6 seconds.
As mentioned in my previous McLaren article, the 720S gets Proactive Chassis Control II and Variable Drift Control. The interiors get a Folding Driver Display and Central Infotainment Screen. When the driver wants to put his entire focus on the road, the Folding Driver Display flips downwards, where a small strip will display only the essentials.
The 720S is now available to order, and starts at £208,600 in UK. Deliveries to commence in May.