Hype: The McLaren 720S Finally Sheds Its Camouflage (Video)

Today is like Christmas for those who love performance car reveals.  The next manufacturer to open their gift is McLaren as they have finally taken the wraps off their new “Super Series” car, the 720S.  With all of that vinyl camouflage out of the way we can finally get a good close look at the beautiful lines of McLaren’s new super car and I can honestly say I really like what I see!

The 720S is the first car to be built on McLaren’s “MonoCage II” chassis which is an upgraded version of the carbon fiber tub that the previous cars were built on.  The most significant addition found in the MonoCage II is a center beam across the roof that connects the front and real halves of the chassis.  This beam can be very easily seen when the butterfly-style doors are open.  As you may have guessed, the MonoCage II chassis is also lighter and more rigid than the MonoCage I.  At it’s lightest dry weight, the 720S comes in at just over 2,800lbs.

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Externally, it looks like McLaren’s designers found a perfect halfway point between the 570S and the P1 hypercar as the 720S seems to take a healthy amount of inspiration from both.  The only area that I’m not totally sold on are the headlights which seem like empty eye sockets with very thin LED turn signals halving the shape.  There are actual headlights in there but they are somewhat hidden towards the back of the cavity.

However I am in love with just about every other area of the car, especially the side view which shows off the 720S beautiful hip line and rakish shape.  I know its beyond cliché to say this but the 720S really does look like its going fast even when it is standing still.

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Speaking of fast, you may have probably guessed by now that the 720S gets its name from its power input.  Though that depends on where you live and what kind of metrics you use.  The car has 720 “PS” but in horsepower that figure is actually 710.  If you like your power measured in Kw’s then the 720S power figure is actually 537 which doesn’t sound as sexy.  Either way this car is built to be fast.  The power comes thanks to a brand new 4.0 liter twin-turbo “M480T” V8 engine which is slightly bigger than the 650S’ 3.8 liter mill.  The majority of the M480T does share parts with the previous engine but 41 percent of its parts are brand new pieces.  As a result the 720S will get from zero to 60 in under 3 seconds and reach a top speed of 212mph.

The interior has been spruced up a bit and should be much easier to get into due to lower side-sills.  Once inside the driver has a really cool fold-away digital gauge display that can show a lot of info during normal driving or be scaled down to just the bare minimum while on track for less distraction.  There is also another large touch screen in the cabin that allows the driver to control everything from the entertainment to the several driving modes (including that drift mode we told you about).

If you are looking to add the 720S to your garage its MSRP starts at about $254,640 (converted to USD from GBP).  The first deliveries will start in May of this year.  If you haven’t ordered one yet I would be willing to guess the first production run is probably sold out by now as McLaren started showing off the 720S to potential buyers about a month ago.

There is a whole lot more to say about this car but I think I’ll just step aside now and let you continue to discover the 720S for yourself.  For HD resolution pictures just click any of the thumbnails above or below in the gallery.  You can also watch the 720S launch video below and check out the official press release which includes the full 720S spec sheet.  It is going to take you a while to go through it all but when you are done let us know your thoughts on the McLaren 720S in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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Press Release and specs:

  • McLaren 720S introduces the second-generation Super Series, the supercar product family at the heart of the McLaren brand
  • Stunning new interpretation of McLaren design language and dedication to aerodynamic principles, personifying the brand’s extreme performance DNA
  • Carbon fibre chassis based around Monocage II central structure  key to the 1,283kg lightest dry weight and unparalleled interior space and visibility
  • Luxurious, driver-focused cabin, featuring the finest leathers and aluminium switches
  • New 720S delivers outstanding driver engagement, with best-ever Super Series aerodynamic efficiency and new generation of McLaren’s active chassis system, Proactive Chassis Control II
  • Widest breadth of dynamic capability of any McLaren, ranging from precise, controlled comfort to the most extreme handling prowess
  • New, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine produces 720PS and 770Nm, with power-to-weight ratio of up to 561PS per tonne
  • 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds (0-100km/h 2.9 seconds), with 0-200km/h (124mph) reached in 7.8 seconds and maximum speed of 212mph (341km/h)
  • Braking from 200 km/h to standstill in 4.6 seconds, covering 117m
  • Deliveries of McLaren’s new supercar will commence in May: prices start at: £208,600 (UK)


The new McLaren 720S makes its global debut today (March 7) at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, introducing the second-generation of McLaren’s Super Series and simultaneously raising previously accepted limits of performance in the supercar sector.

“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. 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.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

The unveiling of McLaren’s new supercar confirms both the 720S name and 720PS horsepower of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series, details which have been teased online in recent months. The Surrey, England-based manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and supercars, has issued a series of six press releases since January, each accompanied by an image or film containing a numerical reference – and it can now be revealed that 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 equals 720…

The new 720S is lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its McLaren 650S predecessor, with unparalleled levels of interior space and sophistication and a breadth and depth of abilities that will engage and exhilarate the driver.  One glance at the 720S identifies it as a bold reinterpretation of McLaren’s design language; rooted in aerodynamic principles, the beautiful form has nothing superfluous about it: immediately and undeniably a McLaren, the new 720S is arguably the most distinctive and remarkable McLaren yet.

One of the key points in the design of the new Super Series is the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car; this function is carried out instead by the unique ‘double-skin’ aerodynamic form of the dihedral doors, which channel air to the high-temperature radiators that cool the mid-mounted engine.

The new M480T engine powering the 720S continues the lineage of McLaren’s multiple-award-winning, twin-turbocharged V8 engine series. The 4.0-litre engine, which has 41 percent new part content compared to the 3.8-litre engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generates a maximum of 720PS and 770Nm of torque.

Performance is truly astonishing: standstill to 100km/h (62mph) takes less than 3 seconds and just 5 seconds later the car has passed the 200km/h (124mph) mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph). Braking is equally impressive, the new 720S coming to a halt from 200km/h (124mph) in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117m. Additionally, the extreme efficiency of the engine also goes beyond mere velocity: the new McLaren 720S delivers 10.7 litres/km combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions of just 249g/km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

McLaren’s expertise in carbon fibre structures – every road car built by the British manufacturer since the McLaren F1 in 1993 has had a carbon fibre chassis – underpins the construction of the new 720S; the architecture of the car is based around a new carbon fibre ‘tub’ and upper structure, the McLaren Monocage II. This technology delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a lightweight structure and is the ideal base for any supercar. A range of aluminium alloys are also used extensively in the chassis, as well as for some body panels.

A new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the established excellence of McLaren’s power-assisted, electro-hydraulic steering, all combine to deliver huge reserves of grip, balance and performance and an unmatched breadth of dynamic capabilities.

The hand-crafted luxury inherent in a McLaren, with the authenticity of fine leathers and machined aluminium, is complemented by the revolutionary new McLaren Driver Interface, which comprises a Folding Driver Display and Central Infotainment Screen. In combination with a cabin environment that establishes new standards in the supercar segment for visibility, space and comfort, these attributes give the new McLaren 720S an incredible degree of usability and validate its claim to be the most complete supercar on sale today.

The new McLaren 720S is now available to order from McLaren retailers, with the first customers scheduled to receive their cars in May.  Three grades of specification are offered, with Performance and Luxury trims extending above the standard level, all complemented by a range of option packs. Comprehensive detail of the new McLaren 720S, which costs from £208,600 (UK), can be found alongside a portfolio of new visual assets on the McLaren website.

McLaren 720S

Technical specification

Engine configuration M840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power PS (bhp/kW @ rpm 720 (710/537) @ 7,500
Torque Nm (lbs ft) @ rpm 770 (568) @ 5,500
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
Suspension Independent adaptive dampers, dual wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II)
Brakes Carbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm)
Wheels (inches) Front: 9J x 19; Rear: 11J x 19
Tyres F: 245/35/R19 93Y (XL); R: 305/30/R20 103Y (XL)
Length, mm (inches) 4,543 (179)
Wheelbase, mm (inches) 2,670 (105)
Height, mm (inches) 1,196 (47)
Width, with mirrors, mm (inches) 2,161 (85)
Width, mirrors folded, mm (inches) 2,059 (81)
Width, without mirrors, mm (inches) 1,930 (76)
Lightest dry weight, kg (lbs) 1,283 (2,828.5)
DIN Kerb weight, kg (lbs) [fluids + 90% fuel] 1,419 (3,128)
Luggage capacity Front: 150l; Rear: 210l

Performance data*

0 -60mph 2.8 seconds
0-100 km/h (0-62mph) 2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124mph) 7.8 seconds
0-300 km/h (0-186mph) 21.4 seconds
0-400 m / ¼ mile 10.3 seconds
Maximum Speed 341km/h (212 mph)
200 – 0 km/h (124mph – 0) braking 4.6 seconds/117 m
100 – 0 km/h (62mph – 0) braking 2.8 seconds/29.7 m
CO2 emissions [NEDC] 249 g/km
Fuel consumption – EU mpg (l/100km)
Extra urban
10.7 l /100km
15.8 l /100km
7.9 l /100km

* All figures subject to confirmation. MPG (UK/US) not yet available.


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