The exotic British automaker has finally taken the wraps off its often teased and leaked second generation Super Series model, the successor to the 650S being aptly named… 720S.
So here’s an all-new biturbo V8 supercar to drool upon while playing the lottery in hopes to amass the necessary money to get inside the garage the full roster of 710 horsepower and aluminum/carbon fiber package that tips the scales at just 2,800 pounds – all while sporting those cool dihedral doors. McLaren considers the new 720S to be lighter and of course faster then the outgoing model, with vastly superior aerodynamic capabilities. In case you haven’t noticed, there are no massive side intake scoops for engine cooling – because the air is delivered around the A-pillars and channeled into the door ducts, where it then enters gills on each side of the engine – cooling is enhanced by 15 percent and there’s also extra downforce.
The 720S also features an active rear wing running the width of the car, with three positions to operate – the settings enhance handling, straight-line speed, or it can become an air brake. The company built everything around the Monocage II carbon fiber tub and it even incorporates the roof now. The interior is treated in minimalist queue, with an eight-inch touch display, as well as a new Folding Driver Display that can deliver full info or slim down to the basics and deliver a better view. The 720S is using McLaren’s new Proactive Chassis Control II which includes hydraulically interlinked dampers at each wheel to eschew anti-roll bars. Engineers managed to lower 35 pounds of unsprung weight, and modified suspension geometry for better grip and driver feedback. There’s also a new control system developed at the University of Cambridge, which uses “advanced algorithms” and allows for three suspension modes: Comfort, Sport, and Track. By the way, McLaren joins the drift craze with the new Variable Drift Control system – when drivers can select the level of traction assist and desired drift angle.
New for the 720S is also the 4.0-liter biturbo V8, packing 710 horsepower or 720 PS, sent to the rear wheels using a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox. The new powerplant packs lighter pistons and connecting rods, a lighter crankshaft with a longer stroke, new turbos, and a raft of other improvements to achieve 537 pound-feet of torque. The carbon ceramic brakes will make the 720S come to a full stop from 125 mph in a mere 4.6 seconds. McLaren considers the 720S good enough to hit 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, turn a quarter-mile in 10.3 seconds, and top out at 212 mph.