Take a minute and see the 2018 McLaren 720S , if you can find one, but the photos will do so for now. It’s long, low, wide: everything a supercar should be. But even on the surface, a lot of things happen, and most are subtle. You really have to look at it a little to appreciate it.
The new design is radically positive, with the 720S very different from the 650S and almost every other recent supercar. The 720S lacking air intakes behind the doors, a feature that has come to define the aesthetics of the mid-engined sports car. The solution is particularly elegant, as designed by a team headed by McLaren’s chief designer, Rob Melville (design director Frank Stephenson apparently devotes more time to future projects). The air is routed to the engine and the heat exchangers at the rear of the car by a barely visible space between the body and the rear window, along with other aerodynamic features, including blades mounted on the doors to channel the air. the front separator. Look closely and you’ll even see small outlets for the front-mounted coolers built-in under the headlights. At the rear is a full-width airbrake which serves as a spoiler and wing depending on its angle of attack; McLaren says the 720S offers a 50% greater support force than the 650S, but with less drag and a 15% improvement in cooling efficiency.
The front style shows a family relationship with the cheaper Sports Series, but in the back, the 720S looks more like far than the hypercar P1, which is certainly a good thing. Although the lack of a set aside serves to make the 720S appear longer than its predecessor, it is mostly an illusion. At 178.9 inches in length, it’s only 1.3 inches on the 650S, while the 105.1-inch wheelbase of both cars is identical.
Interior Space The cabin is much more spacious than the 650S, thanks in large part to the ease of entry and exit. The top hinged doors now open wider, and the 720S gets the thinner thresholds McLaren debuted in the Sports Series. Once inside, visibility is significantly improved with narrower A-pillars. Design details include a Tesla-style touchscreen and a TFT dashboard that, in addition to changing the displays in different modes, also moves away when the car is in Track mode, leaving a narrower screen that displays only speed, current speed, and a minimalist tachometer.
Replacing the McLaren 650S and the second car in the McLaren Super Series, the 720S aims to do more than its predecessor, store more luggage and generate more support except, it seems, consume more fuel. At the heart of the car is a sophisticated carbon fiber body structure that McLaren calls the Monocage II; at the rear of this is a 2.0-liter, 780 hp, 588 lb-ft., twin-turbo V8 that powers the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 720S is more powerful than the 650S, is faster at 60 mph at just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 212 mph. But, above all, it is also lighter, with a curb weight of 3.128 pounds. It’s also more versatile. The 720S is almost as good on the track as the Hardcore 675LT while serving as a roadster more comfortable and more maneuverable than the 650S.
There is no official price yet, but McLaren’s word is that we can expect the 720S coupe to cost about $ 285,000 in basic form.