The new McLaren 720S has officially made its global debut today at the Geneva motor show.
The unveiling confirms both the 720S name and 720 PS horsepower of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series, details of which have been teased online in recent months.
The new 720S is both lighter and faster than its 650S predecessor, and also represents a reinterpretation of McLaren’s design language.
One of the key points in the design is the absence of large radiator intakes on the side of the car; this function is carried out instead by the ‘double-skin’ aerodynamic form of the dihedral doors, which channel air to the high-temperature radiators that cool the mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine.
The latter has 41 per cent new part content compared to the 3.8-litre engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generating 710 bhp and 568 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph is claimed to take less than 3 seconds, while top speed is listed at 212 mph. The car is also capable of coming to a halt from 124 mph in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117 metres in the process.
Like all McLarens, a carbon-fibre chassis underpins the construction of the new model. However, the 720S’ architecture is based around a new carbon-fibre ‘tub’ and upper structure dubbed the “McLaren Monocage II”. A mix of aluminium alloys are also used throughout the chassis and for certain body panels.
Further changes compared to the outgoing 650S include a new generation of McLaren’s “Proactive Chassis Control”, as well a new suspension system.
On the inside, the new model also sees the introduction of a folding driver display and central infotainment screen.
“This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new 720S is absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment,” says McLaren’s CEO, Mike Flewitt.
Deliveries of the new supercar will commence in May.