In what is a milestone upgrade for the British brand, McLaren has unveiled a replacement of the 650S a the Geneva Motor Show, the 720S. And it speaks for the upgrades it has received. The cosmetic changes are prominent, and under the bonnet too, there is more power, more precision. The 720S is a fully grown mid-engined supercar. McLaren has paid special attention to the 720S' downforce and cooling. Hence, the resultant is an extremely aerodynamic car, with bits on it that are there to make it look better and also serve as tools for better airflow. The headlamps on it are actually placed in sockets that help duct airflow below the lights.
The 720S is designed to create 50 per cent more downforce than the 650S, has double the overall aerodynamic efficiency, and is 15 per cent more efficient in its cooling.
The car is powered by a four-litre version of the core twin-turbo V8 that makes a massive 710 bhp. It accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 300 kmph, which would be attained in about 21.8 seconds.
Compared to the 650S, the new car is also lighter by 18 kg, and has dry weight of 1,283 kg. The chassis structure, dubbed 'MonocageII', is more rigid. The multi-adjustable Proactive Chassis Control (PCC) in the 650S, with choice of Comfort, Sport, or Track mode, has been upgraded and now uses 12 additional sensors including accelerometer on each wheel hub – to monitor inputs from the road and measure the tyre contact patch.
Inside the 720S, it is combination of race car ergonomics with the appeal of a GT car. The steering wheel fairly simple and not covered in buttons like it is in some of the 720S competition.
McLaren has been a big name building impeccable supercars that are technologically on point and efficiently graceful. The 720S will only have a niche set of people as theirs owners. But when this McLaren Super Series car reaches the market, it will be yet another option to be confused over.