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McLaren 720S

McLaren 720S

REVIEW

When McLaren relaunched into the supercar scene in 2011 the marketplace already had the big players – the Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Gallardo – and plenty of supporting roles like the 911 Turbo and the R8 V10. But in came McLaren with the 12C; a stunning supercar that had masses of power, a carbon tub, active aero, great visibility and was absurdly quick. 12C soon morphed into 650S which fixed some of the early teething issues and housed the new corporate nose. Oh, and 650hp. Lest we not forget the 675LT too, the limited run track special that was promptly declared the best car in the world by the motoring press. So where do you go from there? Simple – you rewrite the book, start from scratch if you will with what they call the 720S. So there’s a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 that is only partially related to the older 3.8, this time putting out 710bhp (720PS, hence the name) in a car weighing just 1400kg. The carbon tub has been refined and tweaked so the sills are lower and the butterfly doors cut into the roof, so getting in and out is incredibly easy while visibility is in a whole new league with the see-through c-pillars and massive glasshouse. There’s no doubt that aerodynamics has driven the whole styling approach, with huge intakes forming the headlight aperture, double-skinned doors that contain the intakes for the engine and channel air over to the rear, and a full-width active aero wing. The 720S really is next level. Supercar v2.0. And you can win one, right here.

Stats

Engine / CylsV8 Twin-Turbo Power710bhp
Displacement4.0ltr Torque770 Nm
Engine PositionMid Top Speed212mph
DrivetrainRWD CO2249 g/km
MPG26.4 mpg Retail Price£208,600
0-62mph2.8secs Cash Alternative£167,000

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