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      2017
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McLaren 720S is peak supercar

Best bits

  • Quite insane performance matched with genuine all-round capability 
  • Visibility all round is incredible, making it an easy drive in the city
  • Delightfully different from its established rivals, it’s impossible not to admire McLaren’s take on things 

Not so great

  • Infotainment system needs patience
  • McLaren still doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability
  • Slavish dedication to aerodynamics and efficiency defines the styling, see ‘eyesocket’ headlights

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Overall verdict

"McLaren keeps on re-defining what’s possible with its Super Series models, and the 720S does that, and more, making ridiculous performance accessible and useable, assuming, of course, you have the means to pay for it. A remarkable car, made even more so when you consider McLaren Automotive’s relative infancy in this rarefied, but hugely competitive marketplace. Peak supercar, the 720S blends mighty pace with genuine comfort and usability, a pure supercar, but with GT capability."

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How fast do you want to go? Whatever your answer, the McLaren 720S covers it. It might not have the 230+mph top speed of its iconic F1 relation of old – 212mph is enough for anybody - but in every other way the 720S is a superior car, with mesmerising pace and capability, McLaren’s supercar is arguably the zenith of the genre.


The 720S was introduced in 2017 as its model in its Super Series of cars, it is genuinely difficult to comprehend that it is the product of an automotive company that was only formally set-up in 2010. 


McLaren’s model range since it became a stand-alone manufacturer has been prolific, the 720S being the replacement for the 650S before it and that 650S having already superseded the 12C. That original 12C was revelatory, with huge performance allied to a chassis with incredible civility, McLaren arguably introduced the no-compromise supercar into the market. Able as that 12C was, it was lacking in some drama, that criticism was taken on board with the 650S replacement, and improved even further here with the 720S. 


It retains the remarkable ride comfort and control of its predecessors, then, but it achieves that while still delivering performance that’s truly breathtaking. The 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds demonstrates that, further driven home as it keeps relentlessly piling on speed, 124mph flashing past in 7.8 seconds, 186mph (300km/h in case you’re wondering) taking just 21.4 seconds. All those acceleration numbers are quicker than that iconic F1, and the 0-124mph one being quite an unbelievable 1.6 seconds. 


That’s progress, contemporary supercars now offering performance that’s the equal, and better of hypercars before them, indeed, the 720S’s performance is such it’s not so far removed from McLaren’s own Ultimate Series models, like the P1 and the Senna. McLaren hasn’t wavered from its commitment to doing things its own way, and the 720S demonstrates that by adding good all-round visibility to the supercar genre, along with its remarkable ride comfort. 


These combined make the 720S a genuinely useable supercar, McLaren saying that all its cars, according to its own data, are used more by customers than their rivals. 


Rivals for the 720S span model ranges at some of its competition, the Ferrari 488 can rightfully be mentioned in the same breath, as can its Pista relation, but those two can also be considered alternatives to McLaren’s own 600LT, while the Pista also should really be considered a foil for McLaren’s 765LT spin-off off the 720S range. 


You might also consider a Ferrari 812 over the 720S, given the performance – 2.9 seconds 211mph top speed – being almost identical to the 720S, even if it’s different in concept, front-mid engine V12, over mid-engine turbocharged V8.


That’s true across many rivals, Lamborghini dishing up the Huracan Performante in the same performance/price realm, and likewise it’s Aventador V12 S. Confused? Don’t be, as most buyers in this marketplace just buy all of them, anyway, which must be nice, but if McLaren’s right, they might actually use their 720S, while all their other cars are locked down in huge garages in their sizeable properties.  

      


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  • 2018
  • 11,210 miles
  • Grange McLaren Hatfield
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  • 2018
  • 8,970 miles
  • Grange McLaren Hatfield
  • Hertfordshire, AL10
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Is the McLaren 720S right for you?

There’s no denying that McLaren was, and remains a refreshing alternative take on the supercar genre, it coming without all the baggage, good and bad, associated with Ferrari, and likewise, Lamborghini. A very British, technological take on the supercar, which has been refined to the point that it arguably offers the broadest repertoire of any of its rivals, while not losing out to them in any particular area. 


Only you’ll know if the 720S is right for you, but the likelihood is you’ll have owned, and will still do, a number of other super and sports cars from those aforementioned rivals, and will like McLaren’s take on the supercar.


It’s difficult not to be seduced, either, as while the looks – those headlights – still divide opinion, there’s no arguing with the fact that the 720S is the most complete supercar you can currently buy, though don’t buy it with financial gain in mind, as the 720S, unlike some of its rivals, does actually depreciate. 


What’s the best McLaren 720S model/engine to choose?

There’s only one engine to chose from, that being McLaren’s 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine which produces, you’ve guessed it, 720PS, peak torque being 770Nm. It’s mated to a 7-speed SSG (Seamless Shift Gearbox) with paddle shifters for manual control. 


McLaren does have three differing choices to begin with on its online configurator for the 720S, these being 720S, 720S Luxury and 720S Performance, but they’re only really trim choices like interior and exterior finishes, and things like engine bay lighting, though the Luxury does include heated and electrically adjusted memory sports seats, though, like everything on the 720S, it’s all able to be personalised. 


Then, of course, there’s a Spider model, it opening its folding roof up to the sky above, so really the choice is coupe, or Spider, and only you can decide what’s best for you.


What other cars are similar to the McLaren 720S?

There are rich pickings in the circa £200,000-£250,000 marketplace for rivals. You’ll likely consider Ferraris, both the Ferrari 488 and Ferrari 812 line-ups, as well as the F8 Tributo. 


Lamborghini’s ancient Aventador might factor too, it, like the 720S having carbon fibre construction at its core, while some of Porsche’s more wild Porsche 911 derivations, like the GT2 RS would work as alternatives, even if they’re a bit more singular in their focus. The 911 Turbo S is difficult to ignore here, too, as while it’s 70PS down on power, four-wheel drive means it’s able to match the 720S’s 0-62mph time, while it’s also a supercar that works brilliantly day-to-day.  


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