McLaren 720S Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show Mar 15, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
If you missed the unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, don’t worry. We will tell you everything you need to know about the McLaren 720S that stole the show. This lightweight Super Series model is high-tech and will be replacing the 650S. It should go on sale in May, so you still have a bit of time to get your money together, although all of the Launch Edition models are already sold. This is the first of what will be fifteen new-generation McLarens, which should appear by 2022.
Basics and Design
Those familiar with the design rules set by McLaren will recognize the 720S. This two-seat supercar is based on the Monocage II “tub” made of all carbon fiber featuring aluminum space frames that carry the suspensions. Despite these familiar features, the 720S has been updated and redesigned. The doors have a new “double skin” construction, which means prominent side air scoops typically associated with supercars aren’t necessary.
What makes the McLaren 720S stand out from other previous models from the automaker is its engine. It runs on a twin-turbocharged 4-liter V8; by comparison, the 650S it is replacing had a 3.8-liter engine. This updated and larger engine now gives you 710 brake horsepower, and peak torque climbs to 568 pound-feet. To put these figures in perspective, the 650S had 641 brake horsepower and 500 pound-feet. Emissions of this model are also significantly down. The McLaren 720S can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and reach 212 miles per hour, both of which are improvements over the model it replaces. Fast, sleek, and beautiful, it’s no wonder that the 720S is one of the breakout cars of the Geneva Motor Show.