It’s also quicker from 0 to 124 mph!

With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show closing in on us this March, so is the next-generation McLaren Super Series, and the British firm is releasing new data about the sports car. Reportedly to be called the 720S, the main model of the upcoming lineup will be powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 derived from the current, award-winning 3.8-liter unit. Although it has yet to confirm the amount of horsepower and torque coming from the engine, McLaren did release a couple of performance figures.

Specifically, the British company says that the new Super Series will be able to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph in 7.9 seconds. This number makes the 720S a half-second quicker than the outgoing 650S and a tenth-second faster than the 675LT, which is impressive to say the least. There’s no word on the 0 to 60 mph sprint, but it’s safe to assume it will be at least a tenth-second quicker than the 650S, which runs the benchmark in three seconds flat. The 675LT needs 2.9 ticks to hit the same speed.

McLaren also unveiled that the new Super Series will be able to cover the quarter-mile in 10.3 seconds, yet another improvement over the outgoing sports car. Specifically, the 650S is two tenths slower at 10.5 ticks. There’s no official estimate for the 675LT, but independent tests have reported quarter-mile runs of 10.4 and 10.3 seconds, meaning that the 720S will be at least as quick.

Figures aside, McLaren divulged that the 4.0-liter V-8 has new, ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers that spool up more rapidly than previous designs. As a result, they deliver reduced turbo lag and quicker throttle response.

“The new 4.0-litre M840T is an outstanding engine powering an exceptional supercar capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds,” commented McLaren Super Series Vehicle Line Director, Haydn Baker. “Power, torque and throttle response are all significantly enhanced compared to the first-generation Super Series, yet with fuel efficiency and emissions also notably improved.”

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Why it matters

Needless to say, the new Super Series is shaping up into a tremendous sports car based on McLaren’s latest details. Not that we don’t expect the 720S to be quicker and more powerful than the 650S, but a new engine and revised internals will bring more than that. Of particular importance is that the 720S will be at least as fuel efficient and significantly more dynamic at the track.

McLaren 650S and McLaren 675LT - drivetrain specifications

McLaren 650S McLaren 675LT
Engine 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo 3.8-Liter V-8 Twin Turbo
Power 641 HP @ 7,250 RPM 666 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 500 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 5,500-6,500 RPM
Transmission Seven-Speed Dual Clutch Seven-Speed SSG
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.0 seconds 2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 8.4 seconds 7.9 seconds
Top Speed 207 mph 205 mph
Weight 3,148 Lbs 2,927 Lbs
Weight distribution (Front/Rear) 42.5%/57.5% 42.5%/57.5%

2018 McLaren 720S

2018 McLaren 720S Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Press Release

The second-generation McLaren Super Series, which will make its public debut on March 7 at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, is poised to raise previously accepted limits of supercar performance. Drivers will be able to enjoy acceleration from standstill to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.8 seconds, accompanied by a soulful, clean and crisp exhaust note that is among the most emotive of any McLaren.

“The new 4.0-litre M840T is an outstanding engine powering an exceptional supercar capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds,” commented McLaren Super Series Vehicle Line Director, Haydn Baker. “Power, torque and throttle response are all significantly enhanced compared to the first-generation Super Series, yet with fuel efficiency and emissions also notably improved.”

New McLaren Super Series Will Run Quarter Mile In 10.3 Seconds High Resolution Exterior
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The ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers fitted to the new M840T engine typify the engineering philosophy of advancement in every area, pursued throughout the development of McLaren’s new supercar. Spooling up more rapidly than previous designs, they deliver reduced turbo lag and quicker throttle response.

The new 4.0-litre engine signals its performance credentials with an exhaust sound achieved through a sophisticated balance of harmonics and delivering a ‘crescendo’ characteristic, according to engine rpm and load. A sports exhaust is optional for those who want still more aural excitement.

Owners will also be able to showcase the heart of their new car – in particular, the cast-aluminium air intake plenum with McLaren Speedmark logo on top of the new V8 engine – with engine bay illumination that operates on vehicle unlocking.

More details of the second-generation McLaren Super Series, including engine and performance specifications, will be confirmed on March 7.

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