McLaren 720S Second-Generation Super Series Revealed at Geneva Motor Show


TrackWorthy - McLaren 720S at Geneva Motor Show 2017

“…a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.”Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren 720S made its global debut today 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” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. “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.”

The unveiling of McLaren’s new supercar confirms both the 720S name and 720 horsepower of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series, details which have been teased online in recent months. 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.

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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 720 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque.

Performance: 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes less than 3 seconds and just 5 seconds later the car has passed the 200 km/h (124 mph) mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341 km/h (212 mph). Braking is equally impressive, the new 720S coming to a halt from 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117 m. 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.

The new McLaren 720S is now available to order from McLaren retailers, with the first customers scheduled to receive their cars in May.

The Stats

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph):

2.9 seconds

0-200 km/h (0-124 mph):

7.8 seconds

0-300 km/h (0-186 mph):

21.4 seconds

0-400 m / ¼ mile:

10.3 seconds

Top 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

Engine configuration:

M840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc

Drivetrain layout:

Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD

Power (bhp/kW @ rpm):

720 (710/537) @ 7,500

Torque Nm (lbs ft) @ rpm:

770 (568) @ 5,500


7 Speed SSG


Independent adaptive dampers, dual wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II)


Carbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm)


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, 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