Archive for the ‘McLaren 720S’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Novitec N-Largo McLaren 720S Spider

The N-Largo tuning program from Novitec has reached its fair share of speed demons, especially of the Lamborghini and McLaren ilk. In fact, it was only last year when the 720S Coupé was submitted to the treatment.

Well, it looks like the German tuner isn’t showing signs of cutting down on that practice, because its latest concoction is a wide-body Macca 720S Spider that wears the said N-Largo attire. And it looks a lot like the convertible Senna we’re never going to get, which ultimately shouldn’t raise many eyebrows as the Senna is largely based on the 720S in the first place. Let’s check it out.

PostHeaderIcon Graffiti-Drawn McLaren 720S by Alec Monopoly

The McLaren 720S is in attendance at the Art Basel show in Miami, Florida. Whereas the presence of a supercar of the stature of the 720S would usually draw a crowd in it of itself, this particular 720S stands out for one specific reason: it’s wearing the artwork of renowned New York-based graffiti artist Alec Monopoly.

The 33-year old artist took the task of turning the 720S into a full-blown art car — art cars are an Art Basel Miami tradition — that speaks to his famous style of street art. The McLaren 720S isn’t just wearing Monopoly’s street art; it’s also been fitted with aftermarket components courtesy of 1016 Industries, including what might as well be the fanciest set of wheels we’ve seen in a long time.

PostHeaderIcon Can a McLaren 720S Really Beat a Porsche 918 Spyder Down the Quarter-Mile?

Since McLaren got in the game of making road-going supercars, the British company known for its motorsport success has produced some pretty astonishing pieces of kit including the mind-boggling P1, the track-destroying Senna, and the 720S. The latter’s been the subject of a number of stories here on TopSpeed.com focusing on its prowess on the drag strip which isn’t surprising given its 710 horsepower output and the cohort of computers helping it get off the line as fast as an EV. However, can it really beat Porsche’s 918 Hybrid halo hypercar?

We know, given the pace at which the automotive world is moving nowadays, a car released back in 2017 can no longer be considered as ’fresh’ but the McLaren 720S that was first shown to the public at the Geneva Auto Show a couple of years ago is still pretty much what dreams are made of, not only because it looks incredibly well but also because it’s an incredibly competent machine. Potent enough to take on the 875 horsepower and 944 pound-feet of torque of one of the members of the Holy Trinity. Is, then, no need in this world for the P1?

PostHeaderIcon The Hennessey C7 Corvette ZR1 HPE 1200 Can Kick the Hell Out of a McLaren 720S

The McLaren 720S was built with one thing and mind and one thing only. And that’s blistering performance through a combination of power and lightness. The C7 Corvette ZR1 is a nod to the same creed, but it lacks the McLaren’s innate ability to dance around a twisty circuit. While it’s obviously not as light on its feet like the Macca, this particular ZR1 got a helping hand from America’s controversial tuner Hennessey. The helping hand is the HPE 1200 upgrade, one that turned the Corvette into a McLaren 720S squasher. Or dit it?

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S APEX Collection

McLaren’s legacy as one of the most accomplished motor racing outfits in history is secure. Long before it became a purveyor of fine production exotics, McLaren was building a racing legacy that’s matched only by a few of its rivals. It’s fitting, then, that in celebrating that legacy, the U.K.-based automaker is launching a special edition series of 720S models called the MSO Apex Collection.

Only 15 units of the McLaren 720S MSO Apex Collection will be built. Each unit will pay homage to one of five different race tracks in Europe that’s near and dear to the success McLaren has enjoyed in the motor racing scene. The super-exclusive McLaren 720S MSO Apex Collection will be offered at a starting price of £288,813. That converts to around $356,200 based on current exchange rates. Deliveries are expected to begin this month. Unfortunately for us here in the U.S., the new special edition 720S will only be available in the European market.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren Prefers Exclusivity Over Volume and Profit, Won’t Follow the Trend of Its Competitors

Crossovers and SUVs have been hot button issues across boardrooms of exotic automakers all over the world. Some brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce have given in to the craze. Bugatti has adopted a fence-hopping approach, straddling both sides with the ease of a gymnast. Then there are companies like Koenigsegg that have sworn off taking that plunge. The latter is a shrinking list, but Koenigsegg can take comfort knowing that it’s got company from McLaren.

Yes, the British supercar brand has no plans of developing and building an SUV because it doesn’t pass the cool factor for the brand. Granted, we’ve seen this song and dance number from automakers that have previously said they wouldn’t build SUVs only to do it anyway. McLaren sounds different, though, and while time will ultimately determine whether the brand’s position remains, it does look like McLaren’s portfolio will remain SUV-free in the near future.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S vs. Ford GT – Who Wins the Half-Mile Drag Race?

The new Ford GT is an amazing machine. It might be a little overpriced compared to other models in the same niche (and especially now that Chevy has a mid-engined coupe that starts well below the $100,000 mark), but it’s a true successor to the original GT, even with that EcoBoost V-6 hidden behind the seats. But, how does it compare against something a little more exotic, more powerful, and significantly cheaper? How does it compete against something like, say, the McLaren 720S?

Well, Youtube channel DragTimes set out to determine exactly that as it put these two low-riding supercars to the test in a half-mile shootout. The results are pretty much what you would expect but, there might be a little twist in there as well (we’ll let you watch the video to find out for yourself.) Before you click play, though, let me remind you what we’re working with here.

The Ford GT has a 3.5-liter V-6 that’s good for 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque while the McLaren 720S has a 4.0-liter V-8 with 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The difference in power-to-weight ratio isn’t much, though as the 720S is a bit heavier (3,053 pounds vs. 3,167 pounds). The GT pumps out 0.212 horsepower per pound while the 720S pumps out 0.224 horsepower per pound. That’s a difference of 0.2 seconds to 60 mph in favor of the 720S, which is also nearly a second quicker to the end of a quarter-mile strip. How do they stack up in a half-mile sprint, though? Well, check out the video below to find out for yourself.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 750LT

After only three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series, mostly known for its 650S core model, was replaced in 2017. The second-gen supercar now has the 720S at its core, but more versions are set to follow. Arguably the most anticipated variant is McLaren’s successor to the 675LT. This supercar has yet to be officially confirmed, but an unveiling is expected to happen in the first half of 2018, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. We just created a rendering of the Super Series’ upcoming, range-topping model and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.

If the 675LT is any indication, the recipe for the new LT model should be somewhat straightforward. McLaren will probably take the 720S and give it a more comprehensive aerodynamic package, as well as use a lot more carbon-fiber in order to make it lighter. The car will be further enhanced by a more powerful engine, and there’s a great chance the next LT will be quicker and more powerful than the McLaren P1 (if we ignore the latter’s electric motor that is!). But, how will it compare to the competition? Find out in my speculative article below.

Updated 08/30/2019: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming McLaren 750LT out for a first testing session. Check the “Exterior” section to see how it differs when compared to the 720S.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 750LT.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Spider by Novitec

The McLaren 720S Spider is a certified supercar. It has the design proportions of a McLaren and it features a potent V-8 engine that can lay the smackdown on any car that gets in its way. It’s hard to imagine a car that already has 710 horsepower on tap to gain more power to smoke them fools, but that’s why the aftermarket world exists in the first place. It’s a place where a tuner like Novitec can take a McLaren 720 S and tinker with it to the extent that it now comes with enough power to put most of its rivals in their proper places. This is the world of automotive tuning inhabited by Novitec. Just when you thought that it can’t get any better for your McLaren 720S, the German tuner finds a way to make it happen.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: 2020 McLaren 750 LT Testing On the Nurburgring

You didn’t think that McLaren was done making long tails, did you? Well, in case you did, we’re here to tell you that you thought wrong. The McLaren 720S is set to be the next model to be given the long tail treatment, and it should go by the 750S name. The name alone reveals that it should have some 750 PS (around 740 horsepower) which means it’ll deliver around 30 horsepower more than the 710-horsepower 720S. The particular model in this video is clearly a 720S that’s been converted for testing purposes, so it lacks some of the typical long tail aero, but there’s no denying that this is a mule for the 750 LT.

This becomes painfully obvious thanks to the more dominating splitter and sharp canards on the front fascia for increased downforce in the front. The rear is pretty void of any changes, but there is a roll cage inside. That roll cage won’t make it to the production model and is only there to protect the testing engineers in case something should go wrong as this baby tears ass around the Nurburgring as seen in this video. Expect the new 750 LT to be lighter, faster, and more track worthy than the 720 or the now-discontinued 675 LT.

And, since we know you’re curious about when we’ll see the official production model, word has it that we’ll see it at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and it will be part of the automakers new Super Series lineup. But, we know you’re anxious to see the new 750 LT in action, so check that out in the video below!

PostHeaderIcon The World’s Fastest McLaren 720S Just Ran the Quarter-Mile in Less Than 9 Seconds

The McLaren 720S was never intended as a dragster, but that doesn’t mean this supercar masterpiece is anything less than amazing on the 1320. In stock form, it’ll dip into the 9’s – or you could just throw a few basic mods at it and shave that ET down to an 8! And that’s exactly what the owner of this particular 720S did, posting a time of 8.993 at 159.55 mph.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Spider by MSO

The McLaren 720S Spider is the roofless version of one of the most revered models in McLaren’s Super Series. McLaren’s Special Operations division (MSO) brought a one-off 720S Spider to the Geneva Motor Show to show off the kind of modifications possible with a run-of-the-mill 720S Spider. The result is a tri-color beast with tons of exposed carbon fiber.

Are we getting to the point when personalization has gone too far? Henry Ford used to say that you could have any color on your Ford Model T as long as the color was black. Now, every luxury manufacturer brags about its “nearly infinite” choices, and depending on how deep are your pockets, each is willing to open before you a whole world of options. The MSO division offers multiple worlds, one for each of McLaren’s models, and the 720S Spider has just joined this exclusive group at the Geneva Motor Show.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Spider by MSO

The McLaren 720S Spider is the roofless version of one of the most revered models in McLaren’s Super Series. McLaren’s Special Operations division (MSO) brought a one-off 720S Spider to the Geneva Motor Show to show off the kind of modifications possible with a run-of-the-mill 720S Spider. The result is a tri-color beast with tons of exposed carbon fiber.

Are we getting to the point when personalization has gone too far? Henry Ford used to say that you could have any color on your Ford Model T as long as the color was black. Now, every luxury manufacturer brags about its “nearly infinite” choices, and depending on how deep are your pockets, each is willing to open before you a whole world of options. The MSO division offers multiple worlds, one for each of McLaren’s models, and the 720S Spider has just joined this exclusive group at the Geneva Motor Show.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Spa 68 Special Edition

Honoring the first F1 win during the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, exactly 50 years ago, McLaren’s special division, MSO, revealed a Special Edition McLaren 720 S Spa 68. Commissioned by McLaren Brussels, the latest special edition 720S joins numerous other SE models. I am quite sure that McLaren makes a whole lot of money on its SE cars. I can’t even imagine how expensive some of them will be in 20 or 30 years time. Nevertheless, crafting yet another Special Edition McLaren 720S, MSO division tried to tie the new 720S with the old orange McLaren M7A racer Bruce McLaren drove back then to claim the first F1 win for the McLaren.

The car you can see in the photos is a part of the 720 S Spa 68 Collection. Three cars will be built – all for McLaren Brussels.

PostHeaderIcon The McLaren 720S Spider’s Secret Weapon is Its Roof

McLaren has had a busy year with the respective launches of the track-focused Senna and the three-seater Speedtail. But 2018 isn’t done yet, so McLaren’s busting out another debut, this time for the “more affordable” 720S Spider. Despite its place in the “Senna-Speedtail” pecking order, the McLaren 720S Spider is lethal and potent in its own right. It has the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 engine as its coupe counterpart and produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, the 720S Spider isn’t as heavy as you’d think, especially with the complex roof system it’s carrying. McLaren is already taking orders for the 720S Spider, which carries a price of $315,000. Those who order from the British automaker should expect their supercars to arrive sometime in March 2019.

PostHeaderIcon LEGO’s 2019 Speed Champions Lineup is Loaded With Pony Cars and Exotics

It’s probably not the best time to promote it, but LEGO is doing it, anyway. The line for the 2019 Lego Speed Champions set has been unveiled, and there’s a lot to get excited about if you’re a fan of brick cars and their real-life counterparts. The lineup includes one of the fiercest supercars in the market today, a handful of muscle cars that can throw down against any car on the road, and what is arguably the most iconic Ferrari of all time outside the 250 GTO. The 2019 Lego Speed Champions sets will be available to order in January, or a month after Christmas. Those who are looking to buy one for the holidays will have to hold out for a month, but if patience is a virtue, the wait should be worth it.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the McLaren 720S Decimate a 60-MPH Run in 2.3 Seconds

The McLaren 720S is a beast; there’s no denying that. The 710-horsepower replacement of the 650S is known for savagely destroying almost anything on the track, but it’s also a force to be reckoned with on the drag strip. Here, this stock, except for the Toyo tires, effortlessly reaches 60 mph in just 2.39 seconds en-route to a blistering quarter-mile time.

Launched in 2017 at the Geneva Auto Show, the 720S is McLaren’s mid-range supercar. It features the M840T 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that’s over 40% new in comparison to the 3.8-liter unit of the 650S. The car arrives from the factory in Woking equipped with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa rubber that wraps neatly around the 19-inch and 20-inch rims but isn’t ideal for use on the dragstrip. The guys at DragTimes changed the tires and, without other modifications, achieved some ludicrous times.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Spider

Introduced in December 2018, right between the auto shows in Los Angeles and Detroit, the 720S Spider replaces the 650S Spider in the lineup and enables McLaren to compete with the 488 Spider and Huracan Spyder. It’s the third member of the family, joining the coupe and the race-spec 720S GT3. The 720S Spider shares all exterior and interior features, as well as the drivetrain centered around the 4.0-liter V-8 engine, with the coupe model. Although it’s 108 pounds heavier than the coupe, the 720S Spider remains the lightest in its class with a dry weight of 2,937 pounds.

Update 03/11/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!

PostHeaderIcon McLaren’s Next Supercar Debuts Dec 8th but Can it Share the Limelight With the Speedtail?

McLaren just confirmed that it will launch a new supercar on December 8, less than two months since it introduced the amazing Speedtail. The Brits didn’t specifically say what new model they’re introducing, but the teaser photo and video posted on social media suggest its a version of an existing nameplate. To be more specific, we’re talking about the McLaren 720S Spider.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren Special Operations 720S Stealth Theme

The McLaren 720S Stealth Theme is a shadowy tribute to the only McLaren that has ever conquered the Le Mans 24 Hours race, the F1 GTR. It is built by McLaren Special Operations on request from the McLaren dealer in London and, underneath the skin, it hides all the goodies of a 720S Performance.

Launched only last year, the 720S came as the replacement of the popular 650S model. It features heavily revised aerodynamics, a luscious body sculpted with speed in mind, and a brand-new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that is 41-percent new compared to the old 3.8-liter unit.

The 720S Stealth Theme commemorates McLaren’s overall victory at Le Mans 23 years ago when a GT1-spec F1 GTR blitzed the whole of the prototype field to win the race, a genuine first for a production-based car as Porsche’s previous victory with a GT car, in 1979, was achieved with a silhouette-style 935 that only shared the roof and the windows with the street-legal 911.

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