The McLaren 720 S series of vehicles is a British sports car manufactured and designed by McLaren Automotive. It replaces the 650 S series of supercars. The vehicle was launched on March 7, 2017, at the Geneva Motor Show. It is constructed using a modified carbon monocoque that is stiffer and lighter in comparison to the 650 S.
The McLaren 720 S supports a new M840T engine. It is a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that is 4.0 L with 243.7 in.³. The engine is slightly different than the previous 3.8 L engine as the stroke has been lengthened to increase the capacity by 3.6 mm. This 4.0 L engine incorporates 41% new components in comparison to the older 3.8 L engine. The engine will produce 720 PS at 7000 RPM. This high-performance production gives the car its name. At 5500 RPM it has a maximum torque of 568 lb-ft.
McLaren Automotive states that the 720 S is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in an incredible 2.9 seconds. It is able to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds. In 10.3 seconds it can go 1/4 mile and achieve a top speed of 212 mph. The vehicle has improved handling because of innovative McLaren proactive chassis control. This improved handling and control came from the results of a Ph.D. conducted course that was undertaken at the University of Cambridge. In addition, to assist control and stability it has a variable drift mode.
The 720 S series offers a class-leading efficiency for both fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The improved efficiency represents a 10% improvement from the 650 S series. The McLaren 720 S incorporates many design features from the McLaren F1. Some of the features include dihedral doors, hidden air vents in the headlights that provide airflow to two small radiators that are located in the front of the front wheels, LED taillights that are similar to those used on a McLaren P1, 2 round exhaust pipes, and a design that was inspired by one of the fiercest animals in the ocean, the great white shark.
Other features include an improvement to the down-force of the vehicle, an interior folding driver display, high-quality carbon fiber interior accents, and a weight of only 2829 pounds. This weight makes it one of the lightest vehicles in its class. Some of the variant models include the 720 S Velocity, 720 S GT3, and the 720 S Spider.