Car News 7 Mar 2017

The new 710bhp McLaren 720S

McLaren has launched a new core model for the Super Series line up. The innovative new 720S launched at the Geneva Motor Show will replace the old 650S.

The long awaited 650S replacement has finally arrived and it’s impressive. It is the first time McLaren has brought out a second generation Super Series car. The new model has a host of upgrades, including a new chassis, a tweaked powertrain and advanced technology.

The 720S marks a new generation of chassis. It is built on a new lighter carbon-fibre monocage with an integrated roof structure. The new platform is 18kg lighter than the out-going model’s. The structure takes design cues from the P1 with smaller pillars, lower sills and integrates the passenger cell, increasing visibility.

There is a new mid-mounted 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 710bhp and 568lb ft of torque. The powertrain has been improved internally with lighter component parts and increased injection systems. The car hurtles from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 212mph. The 720S has an improved seven-speed twin-clutch transmission.

The new model receives new chassis software, McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control II (PCCII) and new suspension geometry. The wishbones have been updated and the electro-hydraulic steering system has been tweaked. There are 19-inch and 20-inch alloys with Pirelli tyres and carbon ceramic brakes.

The 720S is available in a choice of three trim levels; standard, Luxury and performance.  the cabin has the same 8-inch central display with infotainment and navigation. There is a new driver interface with full or streamlined options. The interior can be customised and there is a choice of Alcantara or Bridge of Weir leather.

Oder books are now open and deliveries are expected early summer. Pricing starts at £208,600.

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