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McLaren Automotive, a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and super cars, unveiled the new 720S 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 super car sector.
The new 720S, starting from BD115,000, is lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its McLaren 650S predecessor.
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.
“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. 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,” said Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer, McLaren Automotive.
The unveiling of McLaren’s latest supercar confirms both the 720S name and 720PS horsepower of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series, details of which have been teased online in recent months.
The 720S is arguably the most distinctive and remarkable McLaren yet, its designers say. One glance at the 720S identifies it as a bold reinterpretation of the marque’s design language rooted in aerodynamic principles, ‘the beautiful form has nothing superfluous about it: immediately and undeniably a McLaren’, they say.
Its new M480T engine powering the 720S continues the lineage of McLaren’s multiple-award-winning, twin-turbocharged V8 engine series. The 4.0-litre engine, which has 41 per cent new parts content compared to the 3.8-litre engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generates a maximum of 720PS and 770Nm of torque.
Performance is truly astonishing as standstill to 100km/h takes less than three seconds and just five seconds later the car has passed the 200km/h mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341km/h. Braking is equally impressive, coming to a halt from 200km/hin just 4.6 seconds, covering 117m. Additionally, the extreme efficiency of the engine also goes beyond mere velocity, it delivers 10.7 litres/100km 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.
A new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the established excellence of McLaren’s power-assisted, electro-hydraulic steering, all combine to deliver huge reserves of grip, balance and performance and an unmatched breadth of dynamic capabilities.
The new McLaren 720S is now available to order from McLaren Bahrain. For more information, visit www.bahrain.mclaren.com or call 80007878.