The British supercar to take on the world: McLaren reveals new 720S and its first task is to tempt eyes away from Lamborghini’s Huracán Performante
British supercar-maker McLaren today proclaimed ‘a new era’, as its 212mph 720S model became the first of its second-generation Super Series to roar into life.
As the covers came off at the Geneva Motor Show, the Woking-based high-performance car maker declared that the new 720S was ‘lighter, faster, and even more dynamically capable’ than the McLaren 650S which it replaces.
And with a price-tag starting from £208,600, it’s also around £10,000 more expensive than the car it succeeds – or enough to buy a decent city car.
That’s also the same price as the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante, which was also unveiled in Switzerland on the same day.
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McLaren described the dramatically-styled two-seater coupe 720S as a ‘supercar that’s easy to live with’.
Opening the doors even triggers a theatrical welcome sequence, which includes unfolding the mirrors, initiating the folding driver display, switching on the courtesy lights and illuminating the engine bay.
The British manufacturer has turned supercars into a successful business, with its highly desirable cars winning widespread praise and sales almost doubling from 1,654 cars in 2015 to 3,286 in 2016.
The 720S accelerates from rest to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds compared to 2.9 seconds for the outgoing car. And hitting 124mph takes the 720S just 7.8 sec compared to 8.4 seconds for the 650S.
It has a bigger engine – a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 – that develops the 720 horse-power which gives the new car its numeric name.
That compares the the 3.8-litre twin turbo in the 650S which similarly develops 650 horse-power.
As a result the 720S’s 212mph top speed is 5mph faster than the 207mph achieved by the 650S.
A newly-developed carbon fibre chassis keeps the weight down to 1,283kg – around the same as a Ford Fiesta supermini Lightweight means additional performance – the new car is capable of a staggering 212mph With a 0 to 62mph time of just 2.9 seconds, it will tie with the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante in a standing-start sprint
It’s not just acceleration that matters. The brakes are similarly more powerful to reduce the stopping distances, with braking from 124mph to standstill in 4.6 seconds, covering just 117 metres.
Performance aside, the new car is also highly significant because it marks the start of a new second cycle of supercars for McLaren – a point that many of its rivals such as Ferrari and Lamborghini perhaps thought, or hoped, it might never reach.
First deliveries start in May.
Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer of McLaren Automotive said: ‘Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland
He stressed: ‘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.’
As fast as it is to accelerate, it stops even quicker. From 124mph it can be at a standstill in 4.6 seconds. The seatbelts will most certainly be put to the test Inside, the car is a luxuriously clad with carbon, leather and some beautifully machined aluminium switches The driver’s display can be folded away to reduce distraction when driving on track. When in the hidden position it only presents the gear selection and a digital rev counter The driver’s display can be folded away to reduce distraction when driving on track. When in the hidden position it only presents the gear selection and a digital rev counter 1. The new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine produces 720PS and 770Nm with a power-to-weight ratio of 561PS per tonne. Lamborghini has just made the £208,000 supercar deicsion that bit harder for buyers The Huracán Performante is the fastest road car to lap the Nürburgring. It’s not too bad to look at either
Or you could buy a Lamborghini Huracán Performante for the same price…
Lamborghini has already confirmed that the new Huracán Performante is the fastest car around the Nürburgring but today it showed the dealer-bound model without camouflage for the very first time.
And guess what, it will cost almost exactly the same as McLaren’s latest supercar.
While the McLaren has been designed to be ‘driver friendly’, the Performante has unquestionably been tuned for the track.
The Huracán Performante was debuted to the public for the first time on the same day as the McLaren rival Like the McLaren, the interior is a mix of high-quality Alcantara material and flashes of carbon fibre
The Italian car firm confirmed last week that it had lapped the 13-mile long Nordschleife in 6:52.01, and today it revealed the car is 40kg lighter than the standard model.
The engine has been stepped up too, producing 631bhp and 600Nm of torque from the naturally aspirated V10 engine – a modest boost in power over the standard car’s 602bhp.
Lamborghini has stamped a £173,271 price tag on it – before taxes. Chuck in VAT and the price escalates to a McLaren 720S-matching £207,925.
Decisions, decisions. Which would would you prefer if you had £208,000 burning a hole in your pocket?
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