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McLaren 720S

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Product Overview

McLaren 720S is a high-performance sports car in production from 2017. It is available with two tunes of a bi-turbo V8 engine that displaced 4.0 liters. Like the smaller 570S, the 720S uses 7-speed DCT and RWD as standard.
Beyond the based 720S, McLaren also introduced a high-performance version, the 765LT.
Compared to the 570S, the 720S has a much more coherent sports car / supercar design. It is more focused on performance and makes for an interesting alternative to Ferrari's equivalent offerings.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the McLaren 720S comes with double-wishbone suspensions at all four corners.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 90%
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Up to awe-inspiring 765PS of power and 800Nm of torque
  • Glorious 8500rpm redline
  • Smooth styling
Cons
  • Questionable reliability

What external reviewers found

External score 95%
Pros
  • Superb all-round handling
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Superb powertrain
  • Sleek and fun to drive
  • Superb rear wing
  • Impressive handling
Cons
  • Lack of standard equipment
  • Lack of safety aids
  • Lack of agility
  • Lackluster infotainment
  • Laggy menus
  • Not quite as agile as its rivals

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Specifications

720S765LT

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External Reviews

autocar[1]

Reviewer score 90%
Reviewers from autocar have found:
With a dry weight of 1283kg, the 720S is also light for something with a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 in its belly. The Track Pack takes another 24kg out of the equation with the generous use of carbonfibre and a set of ‘super-lightweight’ forged alloys shod in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. There is no switchgear on the steering wheel, either – none at all – and for this tester the driving position is beyond reasonable criticism.
Pros
  • Powerful twin-turbocharged V8
  • Impressive handling
Cons
  • Lack of standard equipment

autoexpress[2]

Reviewer score 100%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
The McLaren 720S is designed for driving thrills, not trips to the DIY shop. The doors and seats are beautifully trimmed in soft, tactile leather. The whole instrument pack tips forward for track use, so you only get to see the edge of the dials. McLaren says this aids driver focus, and improves driver sightlines across the bonnet.
Pros
  • Top-notch performance
  • Superb all-round handling
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Lack of safety aids
  • Limited boot space

carmagazine[3]

Reviewer score 89%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
The Track Pack version is a simply track-focused options pack for the'regular' 720S. It includes a spectacularly handsome McLaren Special Operations (MSO) rear wing in glossy black carbon, a sports exhaust and ultra-lightweight 10-spoke forged alloy wheels. On the inside, lightweight carbonfibre racing seats (available in two sizes) and the option of harnesses rather than seatbelts.
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive handling
  • Superb rear wing
Cons
  • Tough to get on with

cnet[4]

Reviewer score 98%
Reviewers from cnet have found:
The McLaren 720S is one of the smoothest supercars I've had the pleasure of piloting. The V8 is happy to putter along under 3,000 rpm and the soundtrack remains second to none. The lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is frustrating, especially since both Ferrari and Lamborghini offer it.
Pros
  • Powerful V8
  • Sleek looks
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Lackluster infotainment

References

  1. ^ McLaren 720S Track Pack 2018 UK review. [autocar].
  2. ^ McLaren 720S review. [autoexpress].
  3. ^ McLaren 720S Track Pack (2019) review: senseless violence. [carmagazine].
  4. ^ 2021 McLaren 720S review: A sublime supercar. [cnet].

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