Is it now possible to get a hypercar for the relatively lower price of just a run-of-the-mill supercar? According to some, the answer is yes—if you can shell out the cash for a McLaren 720S. This hypercar-like supercar comes with the kind of performance specs that truly make it stand out from other legendary options. It also doesn’t hurt that it looks more than a little stunning.
But what is it exactly about the 720S that has automotive professionals and students alike so excited?
Here’s a closer look at just what makes this supercar so noteworthy.
Performance Specs that Will Wow Grads of Mechanic School
As the latest in McLaren’s line of high performance Super Series supercars, the 720S packs an impressive punch thanks to a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. That impressive engine means that the 720S is capable of an eye-watering horsepower of 710, a stat that beats out the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB by almost 50 horses.
The 720S can also produce 568 lb-ft of torque, too. Of course, graduates of mechanic school know that a good engine isn’t the only element that can affect performance. Part of the reason why the 720S offers such terrific performance numbers is that its body is pretty light too. The 720S weighs in at a trim 3,167 pounds (1,436 kg). That’s a full 245 pounds lighter than the Ferrari 488 GTB and 252 pounds lighter than the Lamborghini Huracán.
Performance on the Track Makes Use of Light Weight and Intense Power
In terms of raw performance on the race track, which is where these kind of supercars can really show what they’re capable of, the McLaren 720S more than delivers. Industry observers have reported it can go from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, a pull-off rate that puts the car towards the very front of the pack and almost beats out rivals like the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario.
This McLaren can also make its way through a quarter mile (0.4 km) in an astonishingly fast 10.1 seconds, with some even reporting that the 720S can do it in as little as 9.7 seconds. This is where the lightweight, carbon-focussed design of the 720S comes to the fore, with the reduction in weight and aerodynamic trim allowing for a performance that makes short work of most of the competition, while also providing handling and track grip worthy of its racing pedigree.
Pros With Automotive Careers Are Wowed by the 720S’ Style
When it comes to supercars, pros with an automotive career know that style is almost as important as performance. After all, the ability to turn heads is part of the appeal. Elegant style features help pull in buyers, who often follow a specific brand just as much for its visual attractiveness as for its performance.
McLaren has had to work on this aspect of its Super Series, but has made some serious improvements with the 720S. Overall, this makes for a far sleeker, fighter-jet inspired profile. Additional tweaks to the interior have also increased the overall style factor. However, when the 720S first debuted in Geneva, many had mixed feelings about the supercar’s eye socket headlights. Ultimately, though, most agree that the 720S truly resembles the kind of quality that the Super Series title suggests.
Check out the 720S in this short clip:
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