McLaren celebrates 25 years since winning Le Mans with special-edition 720S

The 2020 McLaren 720S Le Mans is a limited-edition version of the company’s mid-range supercar. It was created to celebrate 25 years since McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the F1 GTR. We could say that the 720S Le Mans is some sort of spiritual successor to the 650S Le Mans, which was launched in 2015 to celebrate 20 years since the company’s win on Circuit de la Sarthe. Limited to only 50 units, the 2020 720S Le Mans comes with unique features inside and out, and it’s powered by the same V-8 engine as the standard model.

What makes the 2020 McLaren 720S Le Mans special

  • Sportier appearance
  • Only two colors available
  • Two-tone finish
  • Roof scoop
  • Louvered front fenders
  • Bespoke wheels
  • Anniversary badges
  • Alcantara interior
  • Unique VIN plate
  • standard 720S engine
  • Only 50 made
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The first thing that catches the eye is the two-tone finish of the carbon-fiber body.

The Le Mans model is only available in McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey, but no matter the color, the side skirts, the bottom of the rear fenders, and the rear bumper are finished in Ueno Grey.

This color is a tribute to Le Mans-winning F1 GTR, which featured a similar color on the lower body panels, and its main sponsor was Tokyo Ueno Clinic.

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The package also includes a roof scoop with polycarbonate rear glazing and carbon-fiber louvers atop the front fenders. The wheels are unique as well and feature a five-spoke LM design based on the McLaren F1 GTR race car from 1995. The brake calipers are finished in gold as standard. The exterior is rounded off by "McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans" logos on the lower rear fenders.

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Of course, some of these upgrades are just about the looks. The roof scoop is fully functional, and channels air under the rear hood to provide additional cooling for the engine. The louvered front fenders reduce aerodynamic lift.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find a bespoke black Alcantara upholstery with accents in either McLaren Orange or Dove Grey. There are carbon-fiber racing seats fitted as standard and a steering wheel market at the 12 o’clock position that matches the color accents of the upholstery. Both the seat headrests and the floor mats feature the "McLaren 12 Anniversary Le Mans" logo. Finally, there’s a plate featuring a "McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans" logo and the car’s unique VIN number. Each VIN starts with 298, in recognition of the number of laps completed by the McLaren F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995.

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You can customize the Le Mans model even further with every option available with the regular 720S.

Under the hood, the Le Mans is a standard 720S. It features the same twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The supercar needs only 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start and reaches a top speed of 212 mph.

McLaren 720S drivetrain specifications
Engine 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8
Power 710 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 568 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2.8 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 7.8 seconds
Top Speed 212 mph
Weight 2,828 Lbs
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Production of the 2020 McLaren 720S Le Mans is limited to only 50 units, with only 16 of them to be sold in Europe. Pricing starts from £254,500 in the United Kingdom, which is a significant £36,000 premium over the regular 720S.

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Special edition 720S coupé celebrates the anniversary of McLaren’s 1995 race win
June 18, 2020, marks 25 years since JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya claimed victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on McLaren’s first appearance as a constructor in the world famous race
Celebratory 720S available in McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey with orange and grey interior colours to contrast or complement
Additional features include roof scoop, unique 5-spoke LM wheels and carbon fibre racing seats
Limited to just 16 examples in Europe of 50 worldwide, each with a Le Mans dedication plate and ‘McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans’ logos

McLaren Automotive is celebrating one of McLaren’s greatest motorsport achievements – victory on its first attempt in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – with a special edition 720S coupé. Just 16 of this Le Mans edition will be available in Europe, from a total of 50 worldwide.

The 720S Le Mans has been created to mark 25 years since McLaren F1 GTR #59 won the world-famous endurance race. Driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya, the car took the chequered flag on June 18, 1995. Three other McLaren F1 GTRs finished in the top five, with victory at Le Mans also ensuring McLaren a place in motorsport history as winners of the French 24-hour classic, the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indianapolis 500.

Taking the 720S supercar to a new level of exclusivity, each of the Le Mans edition cars carries a dedication plate featuring a ‘McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans’ logo. The VIN of each car will begin with 298, in recognition of the number of laps completed by the race-winning F1 GTR – one more than its closest rival.

Customers have a choice of exterior and interior colour combinations, with all cars featuring a portfolio of unique features as standard:

Exterior

Choice of two exterior paint themes - McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey
‘Ueno Grey’-painted body side lower, rear bumper and front bumper lower
‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo on lower body side panel
Gloss black roof scoop with polycarbonate rear glazing
Carbon fibre louvred front fenders
Unique 5-spoke LM wheels that echoes the design of the #59 F1 GTR wheels and also feature ‘Le Mans’ etching
Gold-coloured brake calipers
Gloss black contrast body components

Interior

Choice of two bespoke black Alcantara® themes with accents in McLaren Orange or Dove Grey
Carbon fibre racing seats
Embroidered headrests with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo
12 o’clock steering wheel marker, linked to interior accent colour
Dedication plate with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo
Floor mats with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo

The fully-functional roof scoop channels air to provide additional cooling for the powertrain and helps to drive heat evacuation – ideal for the additional demands of circuit driving. The carbon fibre louvred front fenders reduce aerodynamic lift generated by the rotation of the front wheels, as well as reducing vehicle weight.

720S Le Mans owners will be able to experience the astonishing performance delivered by the mid-mounted, 720PS M840T 4.0-litre McLaren engine. The twin-turbocharged V8 propels the car from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 7.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 341 km/h (212 mph). A carbon fibre Monocage II central structure and Proactive Chassis Control II suspension system help to ensure that the 720S is the lightest car in its class, with an unparalleled breadth of dynamic ability.

In common with every McLaren 720S, an extensive range of optional specification is offered, with MSO Defined and MSO Bespoke treatments also available to owners’ requirements. An array of gloss finish visual carbon fibre components, including diffuser, exterior door uppers, rear aero bridge, roof scoop and rear deck and service cover can be specified, with three component ‘packs’ additionally available, comprising gloss finish visual carbon fibre hood air intakes, door mirrors, rear fender air intakes; front splitter and rear bumper lower and roof and front air intakes.

To further enhance the motorsport connection and for track use, a titanium harness bar and 6-point harnesses from the MSO Defined range can be added. Satin finish visual carbon fibre air vents, extended shift paddles and extended sill trim with McLaren branding from the same range are also available, and two option packs of satin finish visual carbon fibre interior components can be specified.

The McLaren 720S Le Mans is available to purchase now, from £254,500, with first deliveries in September. Prospective owners should contact their nearest McLaren retailer for more information or to place an order.

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