Last year Woking has had the best 12 months yet since kick-starting the road car business once again in 2011, and the supercar company’s plan for the next few years calls for 15 new cars in the model line-up.
At the 87th Geneva motor show McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt took the veils off the first car heading for that target, the new 720S model launching the second-generation Super Series product family and succeeding the 650S.
“The Super Series is really the core of the McLaren brand,” said Flewitt on the show floor in Geneva. “Now we’re going into the second generation, and this is a very, very big step forward for a small company.”
Last year the marque doubled sales to just short of 3,300 units and recorded a third straight year of profitability. And if 15 new cars by 2022 sounds a bit far fetched stop and consider the rate of development in Woking. “What we did with the 720S,” said Flewitt, “is we designed it in half the time of the 12C…”
McLaren’s executive director and vehicle programme boss Mark Vinnels added,”We wanted to create something fresh, something bold, and something that will make a statement.”
I think people will be surprised at just how fast this car is.
With a Monocage II carbon fibre tub assisting the low dry weight figure of 1,283kg, and a new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing over 700 horsepower and 770Nm of torque, the statement made by the second-generation Super Series is of serious intent.
When it hits the road from this summer (give or take $255,000 gets you started) the 720S will debut the new M480T engine which introduces 41 percent new part content compared to McLaren’s 3.8-litre. From a standstill, the car will accelerate to 100kmh in 2.9 seconds and go on to 341km/h.
“Probably even more impressively,” said Vinnels,” nought to 200 takes just 7.8 seconds… You’d expect a McLaren to be fast, but I think people will be surprised at just how fast this car is.”
Right out of Woking the 720S will do a quarter mile in the low tens and stopping performance is just as crazy, with 390mm and 380mm front and rear carbon ceramic discs hauling it in from 100km/h inside of 30 meters and in less than three seconds.