After a few year of harassing supercar companies like Lamborghini and Ferrari, McLaren decided to make the next step in their strategy to dominate an important segment. We are now enjoying the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, an event that never let us down, and the British carmaker chose it as the right place to unveil their new supercar.
While the 650S had a great run, now it’s time to look forward. That’s what the 2018 720S is: a natural evolution to compete with the big names out there. But what are we getting this time? Is this a significant upgrade?
We have many reasons to answer positively to that question. The 2018 720S looks like a mean, swift piece of engineering because it is. Supercar lovers should expect nothing else but impressive speeds and ground-breaking features. Knowing McLaren, that is exactly what we are going to get.
The 2018 720S, as a direct successor of the 650S, shares many features, including the mechanical aspects. But of course, there are massive upgrades onboard. This time, we are getting a twin-turbo 4.0-litre powerplant that will generate a slightly higher output at 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of maximum torque.
For the engine, mounted turbos, cylinder heads, crankshaft, and lightweight pistons are all new. About this matter, McLaren is claiming that the 2018 720S have a half of the powerplant entirely new.
Along with this powerful engine, McLaren completed the setup with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that sends all the power to the rear wheels.
During the presentation, McLaren also decided to unveil performance numbers in three different scales, trying to highlight the big jump made from the original 650S. This way, the 2018 720S will go from zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, from zero to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.8 seconds, and from zero to 186 mph (300 km/h) in just 21.4 astonishing seconds. The top speed is rated at 212 mph (341 km/h).
Other things we must highlight is the upgraded hydro-pneumatic suspension and the experience adjustments. We find the Proactive Chassis Control II to enhance handling and suspension. Along with it, there are 3 driving modes and an additional function: Comfort, Sport, Track, and drift function.
Build and Looks
A big novelty for the 2018 720S is the use of a heavily modified carbon-fiber composite tub, called Monocage II. This element will affect everything from handling to the dimensions of the supercar.
As we can see, the 2018 720S comes to be an exotic combination between its predecessor and the P1 hypercar, making important distinctions with all the other models presents in the lineup.
The big side air intakes are gone in order to revamp the entire aerodynamic aspect. Paramount air flow for the performance that came before from those intakes, is now achieved with a sky gap between body sides and rear side glass.
With the door-mounted blades, McLaren also solved big problems in terms of aerodynamics, allowing the 2018 720S to beat expectation on the track, of course, this according to the company.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 720S represents the big next step for McLaren in a highly aggressive segment where only the most exciting alternative succeeds. Coupe, Spider, and LT versions will be available, beginning with the Coupe one for the first year of sales.
The base price is expected to be around US$285,000.