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McLaren 720S: what are you talking about the new supercar out there?

At the Geneva Motor Show this year, McLaren introduced the 720S, the first member of its new generation supercar, and the first all-new project since 2011 when the MP4 / 12-C was released. Later models, such as the 650S, 570S and 675LT, used the same carbon fiber monocoque chassis and shared a variety of aesthetic and functional components, including the 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine.

With the McLaren 720S, a new era began for the supercar of the British brand. The chassis is new, the engine has been totally reworked and gained displacement, the visual identity is completely different and, more importantly, the evolution in all respects is remarkable. Or at least this is the general tone of the reviews made by the international press, which began to come out this week. Let’s take a look at what they say!

McLaren 720S: what are you talking about the new supercar out there?
DALMO HERNANDES 4 MAY, 2017 103 COMMENTS
McLaren 720S: what are you talking about the new supercar out there?
At the Geneva Motor Show this year, McLaren introduced the 720S, the first member of its new generation supercar, and the first all-new project since 2011 when the MP4 / 12-C was released. Later models, such as the 650S, 570S and 675LT, used the same carbon fiber monocoque chassis and shared a variety of aesthetic and functional components, including the 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine.

With the McLaren 720S, a new era began for the supercar of the British brand. The chassis is new, the engine has been totally reworked and gained displacement, the visual identity is completely different and, more importantly, the evolution in all respects is remarkable. Or at least this is the general tone of the reviews made by the international press, which began to come out this week. Let’s take a look at what they say!

The truth is that there was no way the 720S was worse than before. As we said in the launching post, the supercar uses a new version of McLaren’s Monocage structure, which according to the brand guarantees unmatched rigidity and lightness in the lineage (and now also includes the roof of the car) and thereby Car almost 100 kg lighter than its predecessor, the 650S – from 1,370 kg to 1,283 kg, which also contributed to the increase in the proportion of carbon fiber in the body and the elimination of the metal roof.

Its V8 engine now shifts four liters, thanks to a 3.6 mm increase in stroke (the diameter remains unchanged), and McLaren says that 41% of engine components are new. The result is the 720 hp that give it the name, appearing at 7,500 rpm, in addition to 77 mkgf of torque at 5,500 rpm. The transmission remains the same, a dual-clutch and seven-speed gearbox, however recalibrated to better handle the extra force.

The guys at British Autocar liked the changes (although the British are masters at over-pricing their national cars):

“McLaren has worked so hard with the 720S that now there’s nothing left to do. This car, believe me, seems to be a generation and a half ahead of the 650S. It is so fast, usable and controllable that perhaps – perhaps – it is the best supercar on the planet.”

According to the publication, it is difficult to overcome the 720S. You can feel that he is faster and more agile than the 650S, but his superiority over rivals like the Ferrari 488 GTB, for example, makes itself noticed in several other aspects.

Evo’s people are a bit more skeptical. “The McLaren 720S is superior to its predecessor in all respects,” they say. “Except for the fun.” For them, the culprits are motor snoring and electronic systems, which leave the car too restrained in situations in which it should not be.

Now for the Top Gear staff, the fact that it’s predictable works in favor of the 720S: the car is extremely fast, capable of taking you to 100 km / h in less than three seconds and making you feel like you’ve been teleported. But at the same time, it is extremely easy to drive, whether on the go and on the runway, on the edge. And they did not bother too much with electronics, either. “You feel the electronics of the chassis doing their job, but only to some extent. The boundaries of the 720S are higher than the sky, near the stratosphere. “

If there is disagreement about the dynamics of the car, at one point all reviews agree: the car is better built than the 650S, and the cabin is more spacious than it looks – as you may already know, McLaren ended up with the air intakes To the engine on the sides and replaced them with ducts hidden under the door panels. With this, the cabin only seems narrower on the outside. The door opening is larger, the sills are lower, the glazing area is larger, and all this makes it easier to get in and out of the 720S, it increases the feeling of space and improves visibility.

Despite this, as noted by Car and Driver, there are still some points that need attention. They are details like the screen sensitivity of the multimedia system, which is also not the most intuitive, or even the design of the interior, which is not as creative as other supercars. This may not bother anyone who only wants a highly capable super sportsman, but some people have other priorities.

McLaren 720S: what are you talking about the new supercar out there?
At the Geneva Motor Show this year, McLaren introduced the 720S, the first member of its new generation supercar, and the first all-new project since 2011 when the MP4 / 12-C was released. Later models, such as the 650S, 570S and 675LT, used the same carbon fiber monocoque chassis and shared a variety of aesthetic and functional components, including the 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine.

With the McLaren 720S, a new era began for the supercar of the British brand. The chassis is new, the engine has been totally reworked and gained displacement, the visual identity is completely different and, more importantly, the evolution in all respects is remarkable. Or at least this is the general tone of the reviews made by the international press, which began to come out this week. Let’s take a look at what they say!

The truth is that there was no way the 720S was worse than before. As we said in the launching post, the supercar uses a new version of McLaren’s Monocage structure, which according to the brand guarantees unmatched rigidity and lightness in the lineage (and now also includes the roof of the car) and thereby Car almost 100 kg lighter than its predecessor, the 650S – from 1,370 kg to 1,283 kg, which also contributed to the increase in the proportion of carbon fiber in the body and the elimination of the metal roof.

Its V8 engine now shifts four liters, thanks to a 3.6 mm increase in stroke (the diameter remains unchanged), and McLaren says that 41% of engine components are new. The result is the 720 hp that give it the name, appearing at 7,500 rpm, in addition to 77 mkgf of torque at 5,500 rpm. The transmission remains the same, a dual-clutch and seven-speed gearbox, however recalibrated to better handle the extra force.

The guys at British Autocar liked the changes (although the British are masters at over-pricing their national cars):

McLaren has worked so hard with the 720S that now there’s nothing left to do. This car, believe me, seems to be a generation and a half ahead of the 650S. It is so fast, usable and controllable that perhaps – perhaps – it is the best supercar on the planet.

According to the publication, it is difficult to overcome the 720S. You can feel that he is faster and more agile than the 650S, but his superiority over rivals like the Ferrari 488 GTB, for example, makes itself noticed in several other aspects.

The 720S is wonderfully accessible – clear, insane, absurdly fast, but with a spin that, even on a circuit far from being soft and in Track mode, deals with irregularities superbly and at the same time manages to maintain complete control over its Bodywork

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