Hype: The New McLaren Super Series Will Literally Be A 10 Second Car

Despite some leaks, the new McLaren Super Series (also referred to as the 720S) has not been officially revealed yet.  Though McLaren did reveal some new info today which details what we can expect performance-wise from their new mid-range super car.  The major news is that all second-gen Super Series cars will have a new 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine.  Dubbed the “M840T”, the new engine has a slight bump in displacement over the 650S’ 3.8 liters.

While official power numbers haven’t been revealed (we’re guessing its going to be above 700hp), McLaren promises that the M840T can slingshot the new Super Series car down a quarter mile in 10.3 seconds from a standing start.  Dominic Toretto would be proud!

Beyond that they haven’t revealed much else.  Actually, wait; there is one more thing: red LED lights will now illuminate the engine bay when the owner unlocks the car as part of a “welcome sequence”.  That is what you see in the teaser image above.  Pretty cool but, if I think I would have rather had McLaren reveal more about the car’s performance.  I guess we’ll have to wait for the Geneva Motor Show (March 7th, 2017) for that.


Get a closer look at the teaser image just click the thumbnail above for a larger version.  To read a little more about the M840T and its new glowy engine bay, check out the official press release below.

Press Release

  • New 4.0-litre engine will power second-generation McLaren Super Series
  • Twin-turbocharged V8 provides stunning performance: acceleration to 200km/h (124mph) takes 7.8 seconds and the standing quarter mile 10.3 seconds
  • New exhaust system has been tuned to provide a soundtrack to match the extreme performance of the engine, with the further option of a sports exhaust
  • Engineered beauty of new 4.0-litre engine showcased by engine bay illumination as part of the welcome sequence on vehicle unlocking


The second-generation McLaren Super Series, which will make its public debut on March 7 at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, is poised to raise previously accepted limits of supercar performance. Drivers will be able to enjoy acceleration from standstill to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.8 seconds, accompanied by a soulful, clean and crisp exhaust note that is among the most emotive of any McLaren.

“The new 4.0-litre M840T is an outstanding engine powering an exceptional supercar capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds,” commented McLaren Super Series Vehicle Line Director, Haydn Baker. “Power, torque and throttle response are all significantly enhanced compared to the first-generation Super Series, yet with fuel efficiency and emissions also notably improved.”

The ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers fitted to the new M840T engine typify the engineering philosophy of advancement in every area, pursued throughout the development of McLaren’s new supercar. Spooling up more rapidly than previous designs, they deliver reduced turbo lag and quicker throttle response.

The new 4.0-litre engine signals its performance credentials with an exhaust sound achieved through a sophisticated balance of harmonics and delivering a ‘crescendo’ characteristic, according to engine rpm and load. A sports exhaust is optional for those who want still more aural excitement.

Owners will also be able to showcase the heart of their new car – in particular, the cast-aluminium air intake plenum with McLaren Speedmark logo on top of the new V8 engine – with engine bay illumination that operates on vehicle unlocking.

More details of the second-generation McLaren Super Series, including engine and performance specifications, will be confirmed on March 7.

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