The United Kingdom has car manufacturers that have produced pretty impressive cars over the years, such as “Aston Martin” with their “DB” line-up and “Bentley” with their “Continental” line-up, however none of them has cracked the supercar industry quiet like “Mclaren” has.
This is the “Mclaren 720S” successor to the “Mclaren 650S” and the latest road/track weapon in Mclaren’s “Super Series”. It was launched at the “Geneva Motor Show” in 7th March 2017 and is built on a modified carbon chassis which is lighter and stiffer compared to its predecessor.
The Mclaren 720S is one of the few cars in the automotive today that can be classified as a “track focused car for the road”. Its headlight chamber is split into two halves, of which only the upper half and the headlight splitter contain the actual headlights. The lower half contains air vents that funnel incoming air to two small radiators in the front wheels for cooling. The 720S features “Twin-Hinged Dihedral Doors” a.k.a “Butterfly Doors” which is a design feature taken from the “Mclaren F1”. It contains an innovative and complicated aerodynamic kit integrated into the body of the car which can be seen in the above image with its incredible lines that manipulate the air around it to produce either downforce or drag according to the requirement of the car. It also makes use of an incredibly clever active aerodynamic system.
Its interiors are what you would expect it to be in a track focused car with a few minor differences. It has optional power seats, heated and cooled seats various driving modes, parking sensors, 3600 parking camera and many more features. It features a classic “Flat Bottom three-spoked steering wheel” with the side spokes swooping down to meet the paddle shifters behind the wheel. Rather than having regular buttons to put the car in gear the Mclaren 720S has “Flip Switch” buttons to put the car in to “Drive, Neutral or Reverse” which are located in the centre of the car beneath the infotainment system.
No one can talk about a supercar without talking about its performance figures. The Mclaren 720S is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which produces 710hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which together is capable of propelling the car from 0-100 kph in 2.7 secs, 0-200 kph in 7.8 secs and tops out at 341 kph. These performance figures can give most hypercars a run for their money. Additionally, the 720S’s handling is drastically improved from its predecessor with Mclaren’s “Proactive Chassis Control II”, which is the culmination of five years of research conducted at the “University of Cambridge” by PhD students. The Mclaren 720S also comes with a “Variable Drift Mode” which manipulates the stability control to help the car drift.
Compared to huge car manufacturing companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Mercedes, Mclaren is quiet small and runs on limited funding. But this doesn’t stop them from producing good quality supercars and making the best of the resources available to them.
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