THE style and stance is unmistakeably McLaren and the stunning new 720S is heralding the second generation of the Woking-based brand’s Super Series.
And if you have a spare £208,600, well the order book is open with first deliveries expected in May.
As reflected in its name, the newcomer delivers a volcanic 720bhp – capable of blasting the supercar to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds, to 124mph in 7.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 212mph.
Braking is equally impressive, the lightweight 720S coming to a halt from 124mph in just 4.6 seconds, in the space of 117 metres.
It all comes courtesy of a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which has 41 per cent new parts compared to the 3.8-litre unit that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series.
A design feature in the new model is the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car, a function now carried out by the “double-skin” aerodynamic form of the doors, which channel air to the radiators that cool the mid-mounted engine.
Every road car built by McLaren since the F1 in 1993 has had a carbon fibre chassis, something that underpins the construction of the new 720S.
A new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the power-assisted steering, combine to deliver the car’s grip, balance and performance.
Meanwhile, the cocpkit features the new McLaren driver interface, which comprises a folding driver display and infotainment screen.
Just 24 hours after the 720S was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren highlighted the level to which buyers of its new Super Series will be able to personalise their car by unveiling a bespoke 720S created by McLaren Special Operations.
The McLaren 720S ‘Velocity’ by MSO has a paint theme comprising two pearlescent hues of red.
A newly formulated shade, Nerello Red, is used on the front and upper body panels of the car and fades into a vivid Volcano Red that covers the sides and rear.
The paintwork is complemented by lightweight metallic bronze alloy wheels and there’s a range of exterior carbon fibre parts selected from the MSO collection.
Inside, there is Carbon Black Alcantara trim throughout with Harissa Red highlights on the fascia, steering wheel, doors and across the sports seats fitted as standard.
It costs in the region of £335,000.