750S loses weight, adds power without hybrid assist
In a world where the era of battery-electric and electrified supercars is going mainstream, there are still those select few that keep the now “old school” pure combustion formula alive.
McLaren has revealed the 750S – the successor to its 720S supercar. And yes, Woking did not go for electrification to boost the supercar's performance. Instead, they did the hot rod approach and a little something from the Colin Chapman playbook. More power, less weight.
Speaking of power, the new 750S is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that puts out 750 PS and 800 Nm of torque, which is more than what the P1 hypercar was making. McLaren also updated the 7-speed sequential gearbox with a shorter final drive ratio. Those changes allow the 750S to sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds, and 0 to 200 km/h in 7.8 seconds.
In its standard form, the 750S weighs 1389 kg, 30 kg less than the 720S. But opt for all the carbon bits and the scale goes down to 1,277 kg, making it the lightest and most powerful series-production McLaren yet.
The bodyshell still looks familiar, but under the skin is where McLaren made the incremental but significant changes. In front, the new bumper was reshaped for better aerodynamic balance, while the active rear wing is 20 percent larger and two inches higher. The 750S also has bigger intake openings ahead of the rear wheel, plus it has incorporated the center exhaust inspired by the P1 hypercar.
The 750S has a 6mm wider front track and new suspension geometry. Other suspension changes include McLaren's new Proactive Chassis Control III, which features softer springs in front and stiffer springs at the rear. The ride height control system was also improved, as the 750S can now raise its front in just four seconds, compared to the 720S which can do it in 10 seconds.
Inside, the 750S receives a new instrument cluster along with the standard Alcantara interior, dark metal finish, and customizable ambient lighting. McLaren also added the Control Launcher that allows drivers to configure their preferred aero, handling, powertrain, and transmission settings.
The McLaren 750S has a lot of packages available as an option, such as the track brake upgrade, plus ultra-light carbon fiber seats, an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system, as well as Pirelli P Zero Corsa or Trofeo R tires.
McLaren says order books for the 750S are now open in their official retailers, and can either choose between the Coupe version and the 750S Spider convertible.