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McLaren 720S review – the new supercar benchmark

James Disdale
8 Feb 2018

Wild looks, warp speed acceleration, delicious handling balance and surprising civility mark out the remarkable 720S

Evo Rating: 
Superb ride and handling, scorching performance and everyday usability
Engine note could do with some more character

Performance and 0-60 time

The numbers the 720S are properly mind scrambling, with McLaren claiming 0-60mph in 2.8sec, 0-124mph in 7.8sec and a top speed of 212mph. And these aren’t fanciful figures, as when we strapped our timing gear to the 720S it rattled off the benchmark 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds, while 180mph was in the rear view mirror in 19.4 seconds. Quarter mile? How about 10.4 seconds at 142mph. 

Yet the raw data only tells half the story, because it’s the way the 720 delivers its performance that literally has you gasping for breath. Like other McLarens there’s the merest hint of a pause, as if the turbos are taking a deep breath, before the 4.0-litre unit unleashes the full force of its Volcanic muscle. To squeeze the throttle to the floor is to enter a warp drive moment, where time and space are temporarily left scratching their heads at the physics-mocking ferocity of it all. In truth it’s too fast for the road, and you’ll need to pick your moments with care, but when the tarmac opens up and you do indulge, the moment will live with you long after you’ve stamped on strong carbon ceramic brakes and re-entered the real world.

Sure, the 720’s slightly industrial sounding V8 doesn’t perform with the same musicality as a Ferrari’s, but we kind of like the guttural growl that’s overlayed with whoosh and sigh of turbocharger and wastegate.

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