Marcus De Guzman / Newspress, McLaren | March 08, 2017 10:27
2017 McLaren 720S makes world debut in Geneva
The 87th Geneva International Motor Show has just witnessed the birth of the second-generation McLaren Super Series. After several leaked photos and teasers, the Surrey-based supercar maker has officially revealed the all-new 720S.
Lighter and more powerful than the outgoing 650S, the 720S builds upon the success of its predecessor while pushing the boundaries of engineering, aerodynamics and powertrain development.
“Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland. This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new 720S is absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.
Like all previous road cars produced by McLaren, the 720S also has a lightweight carbon fiber chassis. It's called Monocage II and features a 'tub' design and upper structure that delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a lightweight structure. Also helping the 720S have a lower curb weight is the extensive use of aluminum alloys both in the chassis and body panels.
In terms of size, the McLaren 720S measures 4,543mm long, 1,930mm wide and 1,196mm tall. The wheelbase comes in at 2,670mm while curb weight is at 1,419kg.
Style-wise, the all-new 720S features the brand's new design language that gives the Super Series a more striking and aerodynamic look. The front fascia gets new LED light signatures as well as a more aggressive front bumper and headlight design. One may also notice that the 720S has no side air intakes. That's because the dihedral doors have a unique design which channels air directly onto the radiators, cooling the engine.
Inside, McLaren claimed the 720S has a more sophisticated, driver-focused cabin and is spruced with the finest leather and aluminum trim. An all digital display called the Folding Driver Display and tablet-inspired Center Infotainment System provide the necessary in-car amenities for the 720S.
Propelling the 720S is the M840T 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. From its namesake, the new Super Series flagship doles out 720 PS at 7500 rpm with 770 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. Married to a 7-speed sequential shift gearbox (SSG), the 720S can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and reach 200 km/h in only 5 seconds. Top speed is rated at 341 km/h.
Helping the car slow down are carbon ceramic disc brakes that measure 390mm at the front and 380mm at the back. It has a staggered wheel setup with the front having 19-inch alloys (with 245/35 tires) while the back gets 20-inch alloys (with 305/30 tires).
Over to its suspension, the 720S sits on dual wishbones all around and is helped along by the independent adaptive dampers and Proactive Chassis Control II.
The all-new McLaren 720S is now available to order from McLaren retailers, with first few deliveries set to arrive in May. Three models are available for the 720S and can come with either Performance and Luxury trim add-ons.