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McLaren begins new chapter with 720S

Written by: Neil

The Geneva Motor Show is now open and with it has come a flood of stunning new cars British motorists can expect to see in showrooms before the end of the year.

The Swiss show is undoubtedly one of the most important dates in the automotive calendar, but one car has caught the attention of the Petrol News office more than any other – the McLaren 720S.

Due on sale this May with prices starting from a whopping £208,600, the 720S will replace the 650S as the brand’s core model and all the numbers revealed so far confirm that the 720S will be faster, lighter, roomier and more aerodynamic than its spiritual predecessor.

Under the bonnet is a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, churning out up to 710bhp and 770Nm of torque. Thanks to a lightweight carbon fibre chassis, it rings in at around 1.2 tonnes, which results in a power-to-weight ratio of 553bhp per tonne.

To you and I, that means it can complete the benchmark 0-60mph sprint in just 2.8 seconds and it’ll keep picking up speed until it hits 212mph, if you’re brave enough.

Obviously, all that power is nothing without control and its carbon ceramic brakes can slow the 720S from 124mph to a complete stop in 4.6 seconds.  

This car marks the beginning of a new chapter in McLaren’s history; it represents the first of 15 new McLarens – half of which will be hybrids – set to arrive by 2022. These forthcoming McLarens will comprise the second-generation Super Series – the supercar family that sits right at the heart of the McLaren brand.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, reacted to this by saying: “The 720S looks like it will really raise the benchmark for supercars and the prospect of more models as exciting as this suggests we’re in for some really special cars over the next few years.”

 

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