Earlier this month at the 2017 Geneva auto show we got the first official look at the 2018 McLaren 720S, the latest addition to McLaren’s Super Series family and their much-anticipated follow-up to their 650S model. And with 710 hp, 3 second 0-60mph at more than 200 mph, the mid-engined two-seater did not disappoint.
Engine and Powertrain
Under the hood of the 720S is a brand-new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is capable of delivering up to 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. All of this power is sent strictly to the rear wheels and it can rev up to 8,100 rpm in first gear, or higher in later gears. As for the transmission, there is a 7-speed paddle-shifted dual-clutch system in place that takes care of the cog swaps. Moreover, the driveline has been dropped 5 inches lower in the frame so as to offer greater visibility and a lower center of gravity. The new 720S manages to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds with a top speed well over 200 mph.
The new 720S features a lean exterior design with some efficient improvements such as the new door and A-pillars design that directs air into ducting and cools the engine about fifteen percent better than the 650S ever could. This upgrade entirely eliminated the need for side ducting for the radiators. There is also a brand-new spoiler that adds more downforce, it also doubles as an airbrake that deploys in a matter of seconds and drastically reduces the 720S’s speed. Moreover, the new carbon-ceramic discs and 6-piston calipers can reportedly bring the new 2018 McLaren 720S to a halt just as fast as the P1. There is also a 40-pound weight reduction, when compared to the 650S, bringing the 720S to a total of super-lean 2,800 pounds.
Inside, the cabin features an aggressive and modern design, fully-loaded in leather and high-tech features. Right behind the flat-bottom steering wheel is a brand-new folding instrument cluster that is able to rotate around its horizontal axis, that was initially designed for the race track in order to keep the driver focused on all the important info while driving at the race track. There is also an 8.0-inch touchscreen accompanied infotainment system that allows you access to audio, media, and navigation controls to name a few. As for the upholstery, you can get your 720S in full black or black and Scoria Grey. Other notable optional features include carbon-fiber seats, two carbon-fiber packages, and a leather or Alcantara steering wheel.
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2018 McLaren 720S Release Date and Price
The 2018 McLaren 720S will hit the showrooms this May with and although we are yet to receive an official starting price, we estimate that the new model could start at about $280.000. For reference, the 650S started at $265,500.
The 2018 McLaren 720S at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show:
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