What happens when you add more power, more tech, and more modern looks to a McLaren 720S? You get the 750S.
That might be selling the 750S short, though. It might look like a massaged 720S, but McLaren says 30 per cent of the components in its new supercar are fresh or changed.
It’s coming to Australia priced from $585,800 before on-roads for the coupe, or $654,600 for the Spider.
For starters, the new car is 30kg lighter than its predecessor thanks in part to lightweight wheels and new carbon seats.
Power still comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, but it now makes 552kW and 800Nm. The seven-speed transmission has shorter ratios than before, and the car is still rear-wheel drive.
The 0-100km/h sprint takes a claimed 2.8 seconds, and the 200km/h sprint takes 7.2 seconds.
Along with the engine, the aerodynamics package has been massaged compared to the 720S. The active rear wing is 20 per cent larger than before, while the front splitter is longer than before and there’s a central exhaust outlet (inspired by the 765LT, no doubt).
There’s an updated take on the car’s active, hydraulically-linked suspension system, designed to improve “ride comfort, roll control, steering feedback and cornering balance” compared to the 720S. No pressure.
The front track is 6mm wider than before, and the steering is faster. There’s a new power steering pump, but McLaren has stuck with its trusty hydraulic power steering in place of more modern electric assistance in search of better feel.
McLaren says the nose lift now takes four seconds instead of 10 to activate, helping keep the longer splitter safe from steep driveways.
Inside, the 720S features the same driver display as the Artura. It features rocker switches on its hood for the engine and suspension modes, designed to be within easier reach than the old dashboard-mounted buttons.
The infotainment system has also been updated. It now features Apple CarPlay, more up-to-date graphics than before, and updated cameras to make parking easier.
McLaren has also given drivers the option to save a vehicle setup and jump directly to it with one button.