For car enthusiasts, especially those with a penchant for supercars, the new McLaren 720S was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It’s fast, agile and looks great.
The ultra-lightweight British supercar is the replacement for the 650S, which helped quickly build McLaren into one of the world’s leading supercar makers. It will serve as the company’s core model for the foreseeable future.
With a dry weight of only 2,829lbs (3,128 fueled) and sourcing its power from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft. of torque, the McLaren 720S is both lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. It is also more powerful than the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante and Ferrari 488 GTB, it’s main competitors.
Its impressive power-to-weight ratio allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in an impressive 10.3 seconds. A top speed of 212 mph (325 km/h) is nothing to balk at either.
That’s right, thanks largely to its carbon fiber monocoque and new engine design, the 720S weighs less than your Ford Focus and more powerful than any Dodge Hellcat.
A new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, a new suspension system with independent adaptive dampers, and upgraded carbon ceramic brakes also make the 720S a better handler than the 650S and, possibly, the competition.
Jumping to design, the 720S boasts a fresh aluminum bodywork that ushers in a more fluid new design direction for McLaren. The few surface vents are functional and help improve cooling by 15 percent, while the teardrop-shaped greenhouse is reminiscent of the Pagani Huayra’s and is said to improve outward visibility.
The interior is more luxurious and ergonomic than any McLaren before, benefiting from a judicious application of carbon fiber and a tasteful black-and-orange pattern.
Emilio Scervo, chief engineer of the 720S, stated:
“We’ve done our utmost to exceed the expectations of demanding supercar owners in every area, but we’re especially proud of the driving environment. It’s light and airy, it’s comfortable and sophisticated — and we think it beats any rival.”
The new McLaren 720S is an impressive piece of machinery. Now that you have a good idea of what the British supercar is and what it has to offer, what will you do for one? Would you sell a kidney, sleep with a man if you’re straight, burn down an orphanage, etc.?
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