McLaren’s new super series model the 720s goes on sale this May, with the carmaker promising the vehicle will redefine ‘expectations of supercar excellence’. The 720s debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motorshow and will supercede the McLaren 620s, building and improving upon nearly every element of its predecessor.
It will be the first model of fifteen new generation McLaren’s scheduled for release between now and 2022 as part of a Track 22 development plan by CEO Mike Flewitt, with half of these new vehicles to be hybrids. There are 400 units of the 720s launch edition, all of which have been sold, and McLaren is anticipating sales of 1200 720s supercars for 2017 and 1500 for 2018.
McLaren is increasingly regarded as an insurgent force in the supercar market, and a threat to Ferrari’s long-standing prominence in the sector. Total sales at McLaren surpassed 10,000 units in the last 5 years, and the company has committed to a doubling of its 2016 levels of production.
The 720s entry price will be 950,000 UAED, and the car features a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8, producing 710 bhp with 41 percent of the engine components being new. An 11 percent increase in power is complemented by reductions in mass to create what McLaren claims to be segment-topping performance – 0-90 kmh in 2.8 sec, 0-200 kmh in 7.8 sec, top speed of 341 kmh and quarter mile coverage in 10.3 seconds.
It will also showcase an innovative double skin door design which McLaren claims to eliminate any need for side air scoops – a design element that has hitherto been considered essential in the lexicon of supercar design. The double skin channels allow cooling air to flow through into the engine bay, leading to a 15 percent enhancement in cooling airflow.
McLaren Special Operations has also unveiled a showpiece bespoke version of the 720s to demonstrate the level of personalisation on offer to its customers – new paint options, bronze finish alloys and a carbon black Alcantara trim. The 720s Velocity will cost 1.5m AED but will feature mainly cosmetic enhancements and no mechanical differences to the entry level model of the 720s.