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2018 McLaren 720S: Overview


What’s New For 2018?

The 2018 McLaren 720S is an all-new model, replacing the brand’s 650S supercar.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; excellent tech; lots of cool features and unique touches; impressively low curb weight See the 2018 McLaren 720S models for sale near you

What We Don’t

Reliability still a question mark; highly expensive; resale value probably won’t equal that of top rivals

Overview

The 2018 McLaren 720S is the latest McLaren model to occupy the “supercar” spot in the brand’s lineup, following the MP4-12C (2012-2014) and the 650S (2015-2017) and slotting above the smaller 570S. Unlike its predecessors, which were criticized for similar styling and sharing one engine design, the 720S switches things up a bit.

Under the hood, the 720S replaces McLaren’s old 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. This new engine puts out an amazing 710 horsepower, which means it has more power than the Ferrari 488 GTB (660 hp) and Lamborghini Huracan (602 hp), and even far more expensive models like the Ford GT (647 hp) and Lamborghini Aventador (690 hp). The impressive power figure, combined with 558 lb-ft of torque, sends the 720S from zero to 60 in an amazing 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 212 miles per hour. The only transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Also impressive is the 720S’s curb weight, which is around 3,100 pounds with fluids.

As for the design, the 720S finally brakes the usual McLaren mold with an all-new look. While past McLaren models — from the 570S to the P1 supercar — have looked relatively similar, no one will ever confuse those cars with the 720S: It uses a distinctive shape with especially unique headlights and a cockpit area that slopes to the rear in an arrangement reminiscent of the original McLaren F1 supercar.

Naturally, none of this will be cheap. The 720S goes on sale this summer — and while McLaren hasn’t yet announced pricing, it’s likely the car will start somewhere in the high-$200,000 range, with many models cresting $300,000 after options. That’s serious money — but then, the 720S is a pretty serious car.

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