Starting with the ‘entry-level’ 720S at $489,900 (before on-road costs), the line-up also includes the 720S Luxury and 720S Performance, both priced from $515,080 (before on-road costs).
Kicking off $25,900 more than the 478kW/678Nm twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 650S it replaces (up around five per cent), the 720S is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 developing 527kW of power at 7250rpm and 770Nm of torque at 5500rpm.
Apart from offering more power and more torque than the 1301kg (dry) 650S, the new 1283kg (dry) 720S is also lighter and faster than its predecessor, claiming 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h in 7.8 seconds, and a top speed of 341km/h – bettering the 650S by 0.1s, 0.6s, and 8km/h, respectively.
Fuel consumption of the new M840T twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 is also improved over the 650S’s M838T twin-turbo 3.8-litre unit, with the 720S claiming 10.7 litres per 100km to the 650S’s 11.7L/100km.
Standard on the 720S are 19x9-inch front and 20x11-inch rear forged aluminium alloy wheels, 390mm front and 380mm rear carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers all around, electronically-adjustable dampers, an electronically-controlled hydraulically-operated rear spoiler, and electro-hydraulic power steering (rather than an electric system).
A push-button start and engine stop-start are also standard, along with a four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, an 8.0-inch central touchscreen with satellite navigation, active cornering LED headlights, a unique folding driver display, sports seats, and a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel with paddle shifters for the 720S’s standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Drivers can select from three driving modes – Comfort, Sport, or Track – as well as take advantage of a launch control function and a variable drift control system – the latter allowing drivers to “determine the level of traction control assistance and so the limit of oversteer”.
According to McLaren: "A display on the central infotainment screen graphically illustrates the maximum drift angle the system will permit. To increase or decrease the permitted drift angle, the driver adjusts the settings with a finger-tip slider on the screen. Settings used for ‘drifting’ can be retained for future use in the bespoke settings in ‘Favourites’." How convenient…
The ‘Luxury’ adds ambient lighting, leather accents, leather-trimmed door sills, and power seats with heating and memory. The ‘Performance’ variant focusses on extra sportiness, adding carbon-fibre wing mirrors and carbon-fibre interior inserts to the mix, along with Nappa leather and partially suede seats.
Buyers have a range of 20 colour choices for their 720S, including McLaren Orange, with seven of the colours being new for the 720S. Do note, however, all non-standard paints come at a cost of between $4860 and $20,700.
Additional key options include a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins stereo ($9440), a rear-view camera ($2760), a park assist pack comprising front, rear and 360-degree cameras ($6640), a sports exhaust ($12,700), McLaren’s Track Telemetry system ($9300), and branded floor mats ($880). All that said, opting for track-ready Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres is a no-cost upgrade.
All McLaren 720Ss are covered by a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, with 24-hour road-side assist also included. Local deliveries for the 2018 McLaren 720S are due to begin in the third quarter of this year.
Although yet to be unveiled, McLaren has confirmed the 720S Coupe will be followed by a 720S Spider in the coming years. Based on pricing between the 650S Coupe and 650S Spider, expect the 720S Spider to start in the vicinity of $540,000 (before on-road costs).