2018 McLaren 720S

Specifications

Engine: M840T 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

Displacement: 3,993 cc

Horsepower: 710 hp @ 7,000 RPM

Torque: 568 lb ft @ 5,500 RPM

Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

0-60 MPH: 2.8 Seconds

Top speed: 212 MPH

Lights:: Quad-LED projectors in ‘Eye Sockets’ with oil coolers

McLaren launched its three-tier product structure in 2015, introducing a new naming strategy that includes range names (Sports, Super and Ultimate Series) and derivatives (LT, S and C). The LT badge stands for Long Tail, with the S standing for Sport and the C for Club.

McLaren released their latest car in the Super Series lineup, the 720S, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Powered by a twin turbo V8, its 710-bhp and 568 ft-lbs of torque propels it from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, up to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds, onto a top speed of 212 mph.

The McLaren 720S features twin-hinged dihedral doors and many design features from the McLaren F1. The headlights hide air vents that funnel incoming air to two small radiators in front of the wheels. The doors feature air channels that direct air to the engine. The design was inspired by the great white shark, and features a teardrop-shaped cockpit.

The 720S was released at a launch party at McLaren headquarters in Woking, England, in front of a number of VIP guests. The car was unveiled in a dimly lit area for the guests before an official announcement was made to the rest of the world. Guests with cell phones took images of the 720S as it was released, and because the area was not adequately lit, shots were not flattering. In the same night, those images were leaked to the internet, and suddenly, the world knew about the 720S. Immediate reactions from auto enthusiasts upon seeing the leaked cell phone photos were far from positive, and a lot of the criticism focused on the headlights.

Known as the ‘eye socket’, McLaren has produced a quirky but unbelievably functional method of incorporating the headlights and front intakes into one neat package. A strip of LEDs make up the headlight, but the rest of the ‘socket’ is left open for air to reach heat exchangers lurking behind to cool the engine and drivetrain. The lights are housed within an upright lens (most cars use a curved lens) which enhances the quality of the light produced by the LEDs. This is because the light has to pass through the minimum amount of glass to create a virtually undisturbed beam onto the road surface.

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