There's a new McLaren supercar out and it was fully revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Finally, it's in SA. Let's meet the 720S - the second-generation model in McLaren's Super Series.
Let's do some numbers. It's called the 720S as it has 720 horsepower. That's 530 kW with 770 Nm of torque, and it comes courtesy of a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine. McLaren says this engine is known as the M480T and is based on the current 3.8-litre V8 setup. 0-100 kph takes just under 3 seconds and in around 8 seconds, it will have breached the 200 kph barrier. If you're brave and if the road is long enough, it'll go onto 341 kph.
Made from a new carbon fibre structure, the McLaren 720S is both light and strong. The cabin has a luxury feel and there's extensive use of leather and machined aluminium. An all-new McLaren Driver Interface makes its debut and this comprises a folding display and infotainment screen.
"Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland. This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new 720S is absolutely true to McLaren's pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment." Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
The new McLaren 720S is available to order and the first owners will be getting their cars in May 2017. There are three trim levels: Standard, Performance and Luxury.
McLaren SA hosted us at an event where the first customer received his vehicle. The vehicle is priced from R5.5 million, but you can go wild with the optional extras like carbon fibre and there's talk of a customer car on its way to our shores that has cost R8 million. This year's allocation has been snapped up pretty quick, so if you're wanting one of these hypercars, best you order now to receive it in 2018.
Watch the McLaren 720S in action