Second-generation McLaren Super Series at Geneva

  • Super Series ‘core of McLaren business’
  • ‘Revolutionary leap’ for supercars
  • Amazing 13 seconds for 0-200km/h-0
2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress
2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress

GENEVA, Switzerland – McLaren’s 720S has had its first public showing at the 2017 Geneva auto show as the second-generation of McLaren’s Super Series.

It also, the automaker says, raises previous limits of performance in the supercar sector.

The unveiling confirms both the 720S name and the 520kW engine – the equivalent of 720 horsepower as the UK and American power measurement – of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series. Maximum torque is 770Nm.

2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress
2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress

Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, said in a media release issue at the Geneva launch: “The 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 true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards for our brand and the supercar segment.”

‘MOST DISTINCTIVE YET’

The car is said to be lighter, faster, even more dynamically capable, than its 650S predecessor and to have “unparalleled levels” of cabin space and sophistication and “a breadth and depth of abilities that will engage and exhilarate”.

Its maker also sees the 720S as “the most distinctive and remarkable McLaren yet”.

Note the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car. Instead, cooling airflow reaches the mid-mounted engine through the double-skinned dihedral doors.

2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress
2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress

The car, The Corner was told, continues the lineage of McLaren’s multiple-award-winning four-litre, twin-turbo V8 engines. Almost half of the components are new if compared to the previous 3.8 that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series.

WATCH THE 2017 McLaren 720S in action

Performance, McLaren says, ” is truly astonishing”. No argument there: 0-100km/h is said to take less than three seconds; five seconds later the car will reach 200km/h. Maximum speed is 340km/h.

Fast is fun, stopping life-saving: the 720S zeroes from 200km/h in 4.6sec and 117 metres (depending, of course, on what’s under the tyres). McLaren claims 10.7 litres/100km fuel consumption is possible.

2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress
2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress

Every McLaren road car since the McLaren F1 in 1993 has a carbon-fibre chassis. That of the 720S is based on a new carbon-fibre tub and shell – McLaren calls it Monocage II.

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“This technology,” the automaker says, “delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a light structure – ideal for any supercar. A range of aluminium alloys is used extensively in the chassis and for some body panels.

“A new generation of our Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the established excellence of our power-assisted, electro-hydraulic, steering combine to deliver huge reserves of grip, balance and performance and an unmatched breadth of dynamic capability.”

2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress
2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress

The driver, ensconced in his fine-leather seat, faces a folding display and central infotainment screen. This and included luxury items, McLaren says, “give the new McLaren 720S an incredible degree of usability and validate its claim of being the most complete supercar on sale today.”

First deliveries are scheduled for May 2017. Three levels of specification are offered – Performance, Luxury, Standard – though each can be complemented through a range of option packs.

Base price in the UK will be £208 600 – about R3.34-million (March 2017).

2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress
2017 McLAREN 720S launched at Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress
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