02/25/2017 UPDATE: After the latest spy shots, now we have in our hand’s something that can be called an official photo of new 2018 McLaren 720s. The photo was leaked by an Instagram user named lamborghiniks aka Kris Singh. We can’t say how did he get his hands on it or did he took the photo but the 720 s looks nothing short of amazing.
The exterior itself despite looking mighty fine is just an evolution of existing design lines already seen on previous McLaren models. Looking at the front end, you will notice triangular headlights that give this vehicle an extra dose of menace. Unfortunately, we don’t have a look at the rear end be regardless of that the car is a beauty in all the deepness of that word.
As we stated earlier, this model is the latest supercar in British-manufacturers Super Series, and it will replace the outgoing 650s. Also, it doesn’t hurt us to say again that McLaren 720s is going to be powered by an updated twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 capable of producing 720 metric horsepower (710hp in the United States of America) hence the name. Some other sources stated that the power could come from an all new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 which was allegedly developed for 720s. This engine would be able to work with McLaren’s new modular system. This info was nor confirmed nor denied by the Woking-based company.
All of the information will be known after the 2017 Geneva Motor Show (from 9th to 19th of March) where the 2018 McLaren 720s is going to be presented.
01/27/2017 UPDATE: The job of replacing 650 s with new 2018 McLaren 720s is already well under way. The debut of latest British supercar is expected at 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The on-road testings are being conducted for some time now, and today we have a new set of spy photos. The code name for this model is P14, but we can already say that the hypercar is going to carry a 720s moniker which is a wink at its 720 metric horsepower (710 hp).
The 720 s is first, of many to come, McLaren’s vehicles which will all be part of its Super Series. The exact number of models which will composite this lineup is 15. The plan for this series was announced at last year’s Geneva Auto Show.
720s will reap benefits of McLaren’s all-new monocoque carbon fiber structure named Monocage II. This new structure will lower the weight of the car and will make it more stiffer and rigid than it was the case with current MonCell structure which is Super Series currently build on. The stance will be even lower, like that’s even possible, so the entering/exiting will be made a lot easier. The changes don’t stop there. All of the significant numbers will be improved as well. Aerodynamics efficiency will be up to 50% compared to 650s; Downforce will be doubled down by the same amount, so the vehicles grip and stability will be a lot better. At the end, which is crucial for a car with an engine of 720 horsepower, cooling will be improved by 15%.
Together with this model, McLaren is also working on next model in series, currently labeled as P15, but as we wait for the official presentation of 2018 McLaren 720s and this new P15 let’s take a look at latest spy photos of 720s.
The Mclaren super series are about to get a completely new model. The mentioned model will be a successor to the 650 S but only because it is next in line of McLaren models. In reality, it will be a new model built from scratch. The prototype of McLaren’s latest supercar has been spied for some time now and it has been referred to by its code name – P14. The sources from Dutch auto magazine Autogespot are saying that new model will be presented at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show and will be named 2018 McLaren 720S.
2018 McLaren 720S Exterior
From what can be seen on the spy photos 2018 McLaren 720S will take a rather revolutionary design step-up comparing to the 650S. The size will be similar to the cars that 720S succeeds but it will be lighter thanks to the new platform. The front end will keep some of the 650S design cues but it will feature more angular shape. Headlights will be positioned at the corners of the car and not on the fenders. From the side, the body panels will be simpler. Beltline is positioned lower and this makes the cabin look more narrow. Side skirts and rear fenders have been deprived of vents. Our assumption is that McLaren has some new cooling system in mind.
The rear end will be flatter compared to 650S and this prompted taillights to be slimmer. Exhaust pipes will be centrally positioned and will feature round shape. The small wing on 650S is non-existing on 2018 720S or it will be replaced by something else. From the prototype photos, not much can be concluded. With all of this stated, it is obvious that 2018 McLaren will have more aerodynamical and aggressive look.
720 is a clear indication of just how powerful this car will be. The McLaren’s latest supercar will boast 720 horsepower. This sounds like it’s a lot but it shouldn’t represent any problem for M838T V8 engine that will be under the 2018 McLaren 720S hood. This new powertrain is actually twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. The main purpose of this engine replacing old ones is as following. The new engine is created in such manner that it can easily be integrated into McLarens’ new modular hybrid system. This engine is aimed to replace all British manufacturers 3.8-liter engines that are currently being used.
Interior of 2018 McLaren 720S
Also, according to Autogespot, the interior will go trough major overhaul. This especially goes for the dashboard. The informations are suggesting that dash will have an option of ‘automatic lowering’ which will be applied every time that driver enters track mode. This will enable him to have the best possible view of the track while racing. Lowering of the dashboard will not influence visibility of the rpm, oil pressure, and current gear. Dutch magazine also claims that dash will be more streamlined than it’s the case with current models. Most, if not all controls, will be handled by the main instrument cluster and controls mounted onto the steering wheel.
Price and Release date of 720S McLaren
2018 McLaren 720S will be, in addition to new engine and improved interior, faster than its internal and outside competition. Sources from McLaren suggest that 720S is going to be faster than 650S and 675LT by an inconsiderable margin. When we heard this, it made us very impatient to wait for its debut.
The debut will be as we already mentioned at 2017 Geneva Auto Show. The event in previously mentioned Swiss city starts on March 7th. With only three months to go nothing specific about price hasn’t been mentioned but wee suspect that it will go a little above current 650S model. McLaren 650S currently costs around $265,500.