What’s New? After plenty of leaks and rumors, the all new 2018 McLaren 720S has been revealed, and it seems to be a massive step up over its predecessor. The car replaces the older 650S but this time around it aims to offer more of everything. It has more power, better performance, more interior space and it is more efficient. The result should be one of the fastest cars in its class, and from the earliest test drives, it seems that this may be true.
The 720S is based on a new platform dubbed as the “Monocage II.” This is a full carbon fiber structure which is stiffer and lighter than the one before it. The car also boasts a different suspension setup with adjustable shocks and different springs. An electric front axle lift system is also offered as standard which should help it with city driving.
The 720S doesn’t look like any other car on the road. In the front, it is quite clear that McLaren tried something new. It has really slim LED headlights mounted inside triangular intakes. Under the car, we can see the intakes that direct the airflow in and around the car while the splitter seems to be mounted just like that of a Formula 1 car. The rear of the 720S is a bit more similar to the P1 than we would like, but it still offers a really striking design. Even though it may not look like it, the new design gives the car considerably more downforce than before which should help it corner faster and harder.
Inside the Cabin
The interior is just as impressive as the rest of the car. The best feature seems to be its instrument cluster. The 2018 McLaren 720S has a fully digital instrument cluster which will fold down when in track mode. This will only display the RPM level to allow the driver to focus on the track rather than watching the speedometer.
2018 McLaren 720S Engine
Instead of the usual 3.8-liter engine, the 720S boasts a new generation 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8. This has been developed from the older unit, but it is around 10% more efficient than its predecessor. It will provide as much as 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque which are all sent to the rear wheels via a Ricardo-designed 7 speed dual-clutch automatic. Thanks to its lighter body, more powerful engine and improved aerodynamic characteristics, the 720S will hit as much as 212 MPH. On top of that, it will hit 60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds which makes it one of the fastest rear wheel drive cars around.
Mar 2, 2017 / The camouflaged McLaren we have seen in the past few months was finally leaked a few weeks ago. In the meantime, it also received a name and it seems it will hit the market as the 2018 McLaren 720S. While at first most of us thought it is nothing more than another re-skin of the 650S, it seems that this is not really the case.
The 720S is the first McLaren from a new series of cars and we have to say that the future looks quite bright at this point. It features a new engine, a brand new design as well as plenty new technologies. All of these combined in an incredible looking package make the new 720S one of the most stunning cars be released in the past year.
2018 McLaren 720S Price and Details
The car’s platform is actually very similar to that of the other McLaren cars currently on the market. It still uses a carbon fiber monocoque very similar to that in the car it replaces. However, the running gear has been extensively revised. For starters, the car’s electronic suspension brain has been improved. It will also receive more sensors than before and it will feature an accelerometer in each of its wheels.
With the help of the hydraulic torsion bars and the faster computer, it should be able to not only be faster around corners but also considerably easier to drive. On top of that, it seems that the brakes have been upgraded. The 720S has been clocked at a 124 MPH to 0 times of just 4.6 seconds and a total distance of 384 feet. This is actually more than 40 feet better than the 650S which were no slouch either. It seems that it comes with lighter brakes than before as well as a massive rear brake and better tires. There has been no word on the pricing but expect it to cost more than $350,000.
Under the Hood and Specs
Unlike all the other modern McLaren cars so far, the 2018 McLaren 720S features a brand new powertrain. The 3.8-liter engine has been replaced by a 4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which will make its debut on the 720S. This engine is an evolution of the old one and it seems it offers not only more power but better fuel efficiency as well. The turbochargers are low-inertia units and together with other upgrades, the 720S makes 710 horsepower or 720 metric horsepower. The torque output is still unknown but considering the larger displacement, expect over 650 lb-ft of torque from this new engine. McLaren didn’t say much else when it comes to the engine. However, they did release a few official numbers about the car.
On its stock tires, it seems it will do a quarter mile in just 10.3 seconds which is blistering fast. In fact, it is considerably faster than before. The car will also accelerate from 0 to 124 MPH in just 7.8 seconds which is also very impressive for a rear wheel drive car. The gearbox is likely a tweaked version from the older models.
|2018 McLaren 720S|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||twin-turbocharged V8|
|Power/torque||710 horsepower or 720 metric horsepower and 650 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||2.8 seconds|
|Top speed||210 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $350,000|
|Competitors: Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan|
One of the things that make the 2018 McLaren 720S a supercar is a way it looks. They finally departed from the design set by the MP4-12C to something a bit more striking. The new 720S takes a lot of inspiration from the P1 and adds a few unique touches into the mix as well. The front end is dominated by a new triangular motif with hidden headlights and an aggressive splitter. The rear, on the other hand, is similar to the P1 with high-mounted exhausts, slim tail lights and a hidden diffuser and air-brake. All of these make the 720S one of their better designs so far.
Unfortunately, it still is a mystery how the interior of the 2018 McLaren 720S is going to look. However, most rumors suggested that the car will actually take some features from its smaller siblings such as the 540C. This has to have the best interior to date with the only exception being the P1. A large screen in the middle will likely take care of the car’s usual controls while the instrument cluster will more than likely be a fully customizable TFT panel, similar to what the P1 has.
Folding Driver Display For 2018 McLaren 720S
2018 McLaren 720S Gallery
2018 McLaren 720S
The 3.8-liter engine has been replaced by a 4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which will make its debut on the 720S. This engine is an evolution of the old one and it seems it offers not only more power but better fuel efficiency as well. The turbochargers are low-inertia units and together with other upgrades, the 720S makes 710 horsepower or 720 metric horsepower. The torque output is still unknown but considering the larger displacement, expect over 650 lb-ft of torque from this new engine. McLaren didn’t say much else when it comes to the engine.