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The McLaren 720S Just Got Leaked and It's Gorgeous!

The McLaren 720S Just Got Leaked and It’s Gorgeous!

Photo also confirms 720S name

A while back we had our first look at the upcoming McLaren Super Series via photos taken at a private customer event. Although we saw most of the car’s design, the photos weren’t the best quality and left us wanting more. With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show set to kick in next week, a new photo, that seems to be part of the Super Series official press release, surfaced the web. This is the first high-quality photos of the upcoming supercar and gives us a much better look at the new design. And needless to say, the successor to the 650S is absolutely gorgeous!

A mix of organic lines, vents and aerodynamic features, the second-generation Super Series is a radical departure from the outgoing model and I dare say it’s more menacing than even the P1 hybrid. Although the front section isn’t visible, it’s pretty obvious that the styling is very similar to our rendering, which you can see here. The sides have been redesigned too, and even though they seem much cleaner, the design is definitely sporty and in line with what I expect from a modern supercar.

Around back, there’s a very slim fascia with strip-like LED taillights and a pair of exhaust pipes mounted in the grille, on each side for the "McLaren" logo. The diffuser is clearly inspired by racing, while the movable wing is actually a large chunk of the long decklid. The engine hood consists of a large glass area through which you can see the V-8 engine, while the lower, V-shaped section has aggressive louvers and it’s flanked by deep outlets atop the rear fenders.

The teaser also gives us a glimpse of the interior, where we can see aggressive bucket seats, the new flat-bottom steering wheel, and the intelligent instrument cluster. Orange details that match the exterior paint add a splash of color to the otherwise black upholstery. Finally, the license plate confirms that the model will be called the 720S, which stands for the 720-PS (710-horsepower) output.

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McLaren Unveils Revolutionary, Folding Instrument Cluster for Next Super Series

McLaren Unveils Revolutionary, Folding Instrument Cluster for Next Super Series

It turns the dashboard into a race-spec unit at the push of a button

With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, McLaren is releasing more information about the upcoming, second-generation Super Series. Having already detailed the drivetrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, the British firm showcases the vehicle’s interior, which will include a new driver interface, a sophisticated design, and enhanced visibility and space.

The highlight of the Super Series’ cabin is its all-new driver interface, which incorporates "a revolutionary approach to information display" and delivers "unrivaled levels of driver engagement." Called the Folding Drive Display, the device starts of in Full Display Mode and provides a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen. The format changes according to what driving mode is selecting from Comfort, Sport, or Track. This is by no means revolutionary, but the display can be switched to Slim Display Mode, which sees the display slide down to show only essential information in a strip, just like in a race car. This is the ideal when driving at the track or for those who prefer simplicity.

The eight-inch infotainment screen in the center stack is described as "new integrated approach to sharing information" and runs multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel with access to audio, media, and navigation controls, among other features. On top of that, it provides quick-access keys to other functions, making the infotainment system much easier to use while driving.

McLaren also shared a bit of info about the interior layout. The new Super Series features switches machined from aluminum and the "finest leather upholstery and trim". The "light, airy cabin" also offers "unparalleled visibility and space." McLaren also claims that the Super Series’ cabin will rapidly become recognized as the most welcoming and engaging in the supercar sector.

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New McLaren Super Series Will Have P1-like Performance

New McLaren Super Series Will Have P1-like Performance

Carbon-ceramic brake discs come standard!

The slow unveiling of the second-generation McLaren Super Series continues with just two weeks left until the supercar makes it first public appearance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Having released information about the new V-8 engine and car’s 0-to-124 mph and quarter-mile times, McLaren has now disclosed information about the new braking system it developed for the Super Series.

Consisting of lighter and stiffer calipers and carbon-ceramic discs as standard, the new system provides a more precise brake pedal feel and enhanced stopping power. Specifically, McLaren says that the Super Series needs only 4.6 seconds and 117 meters (383.8 feet) to brake to a standstill from 124 mph, which is six meters (19.6 feet) less than the 650S and almost on par with the McLaren P1.

The figures above are also achieved with help from from new, custom Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires that provide a six percent improvement in mechanical grip over the outgoing model. Developed specifically for McLaren’s new supercar they also deliver enhanced driver feedback.

“The extreme performance and dynamic prowess of the second-generation Super Series, honed by testing at the limits and beyond, provides the perfect foundation for it to be the most complete supercar across the full range of use," said Mclaren chief test driver Chris Goodwin, who added that the company’s new supercar "will also excel in everyday driving."

McLaren will release more information at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7, so make sure you stay tuned for updates.

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New McLaren Super Series Will Run Quarter Mile In 10.3 Seconds

New McLaren Super Series Will Run Quarter Mile In 10.3 Seconds

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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Brace Yourselves, McLaren's Second-Generation Super Series Is Coming In Geneva

Brace Yourselves, McLaren’s Second-Generation Super Series Is Coming In Geneva

Let your imaginations start running wild

At a time when the battle for supercar supremacy is at its most intense, it’s nice to see a company like McLaren lace up its boots and throw itself into the "battle royale" with a brand-new model that has saved the date for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Not much is known about the model, but the British brand wasted little time identifying it as the second-generation Super Series, and the first of the 15 new cars it plans roll out as part of its Track22 Business Plan. That means that said mystery model could either be a replacement for the 650S or the 675LT, the two inhabitants of McLaren’s Super Series line.

One thing we do know is that this new model will make use of an all-new chassis that will be partly made up of the brand’s new “Monocage II” carbon tub, which McLaren is showing us in the picture above. Beyond the company’s proclamation that the tub will have a carbon fiber central structure, it will also weigh significantly less than the carbon fiber and metal architecture that populated the first-gem Super Series line. All told, Monocage II will help the new car weigh just 1,283 kg (2,828 pounds) at its lightest dry weight, making it 18 kilos (almost 40 pounds) lighter than the existing 650S with “comparable specification.”

So take this nugget of information with you as you start imagining what the second-generation Super Series is going to look like. I for one have a particularly vivid image in mind, but like most people with little to no drawing skills, I’ll keep my interpretation of this new supercar in my head and just wait for McLaren to reveal the real deal at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2017 McLaren 570GT

2017 McLaren 570GT

A McLaren 570S with a trunk

Like the Super Series, which has included the 650S, 650S Spider, 675LT and a few other peripheral variants, McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series is set to expand well beyond the 2016 McLaren 570S and Euro-only 2016 McLaren 540C Coupes. Folding-hardtop Spider versions of both models are pretty much a given, but a more intriguing GT variant with enhanced luggage space was rumored ever since the Sports Series was announced. With the 2016 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, McLaren decided to put an end to all speculation and unveiled the 570GT.

McLaren pitches its Sports Series vehicles as ultra-fast, daily driver sports cars in vein of the Porsche 911 Turbo — something you’d keep in your garage next to a BMW or Mercedes-Benz and drive to work on Fridays or on weekend back-road blasts. The 570S GT retains those values, but it is better suited for long, continent-crushing drives, thanks to a revised cabin, elongated panoramic roof, and more luggage space behind the seats. The biggest surprise about this car is that it retains the two-seat configuration of the 570S. Initial rumors claimed that the GT will feature a 2+2 seating configuration, but it turns out that McLaren isn’t planning on selling a four-seat sports car yet.

Like the 570S and 540C Coupes, the GT is developed around McLaren’s MonoCell II carbon-fiber tub and uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. McLaren confirmed that the 570GT will be sold in the U.S. as well, with deliveries to commence in late 2016. Keep reading for more info.

Updated 05/25/2016: McLaren dropped a series of new images taken during the 570GT’s media launch event on the island of Tenerife. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.

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2016 McLaren 650S Vayu GTR Coupe by FAB Design

2016 McLaren 650S Vayu GTR Coupe by FAB Design

Second iteration of Vayu tuning kit takes Geneva by storm

Aftermarket tuners often have to walk a fine line when it comes to building programs for supercars. Questions like ‘how much improvement does it really need?’ often prop up in these discussions. These are the kind of things tuners have to deal with it and for FAB Design, the answer often lies somewhere between “not enough” and “let’s talk about it some other time.” In any event, the German tuner’s program for the McLaren 650S is the kind of kit a supercar can have without really turning the vehicle into a completely different model. There are significant changes, but for the most part, it’s still the 650S, albeit packaged far differently than McLaren packaged it from the factory.

For FAB Design, the kit is a unique follow-up to a similar program it presented one year ago. That kit, dubbed the Vayu RPR, was for the 650S Spyder. This one is called the Vayu GTR Coupe and as the name suggests, it’s primarily for the coupe version of the 650S. Names notwithstanding, both kits provide impressive upgrades on the model’s aerodynamic and performance capabilities. There’s also a slight change in looks that benefits the 650S, but that’s also largely tied into the aero kit that FAB Design built.

The overall results are what you’d expect from the German tuner. There’s an improvement in different aspects of the car that combine to create a tuning package that’s worth its weight in attention. Who knows, next year’s auto show might feature a third version of this kit. That’s still a long ways from now, so in the meantime, let’s feast our eyes on the Vayu GTR Coupe to see if it’s as good as its predecessor.

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2016 McLaren 675LT Spider By MSO

2016 McLaren 675LT Spider By MSO

Need more carbon-fiber? Take it to MSO!

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 675LT was developed as a modified version of the 650S that paid homage to the iconic F1 "Longtail." Slightly longer but lighter than the standard model, the 675LT is also more powerful and benefits from more downforce. All told, it’s a track-focused evolution of the 650S, much like the original "Longtail" was to the F1. With all 500 units accounted for in a matter of weeks, McLaren went ahead and chopped the roof off the 675LT in order to give enthusiasts a more exclusive option to the already exciting 650S Spider.

Introduced in late 2015 and scheduled to go under the spotlight at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the 675LT Spider was also set to be built in only 500 examples. Not surprisingly, all units were sold out in just two weeks after it was officially out on sale, meaning that McLaren’s booth in Geneva will actually showcase a model you can no longer purchase. Not exactly a deal breaker given that most of us can’t afford a $370,000+ supercar. Thankfully, the Brits will bring more than just a regular 675LT Spider at the show. In order to celebrate the drop-top’s incredible success, McLaren commissioned MSO to develop a unique version of the supercar, sporting a special paint job and extra carbon-fiber inside and out.

Don’t start looking for your checkbook though, as this bespoke 675LT Spider will most likely be shipped to a new home as soon as the Geneva Motor Show is over.

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2016 McLaren P1 By MSO

2016 McLaren P1 By MSO

McLaren Special Operations reveals the first P1 with a carbon fiber conversion kit

The Geneva Motor Show is still a couple weeks away, but it’s already shaping up to be quite the show. This year, McLaren is setting up its largest stand ever and will showcase vehicles like a bespoke version of the 675LT Spider, the recently confirmed 650S GT3 race car, and another, unknown addition to the Sports Series family. However, one of the more interesting vehicles on display will be the McLaren P1 by McLaren Special Operations.

A couple years back, we covered a story about a customer who thought McLaren offered a full carbon fiber body for the P1 at no additional cost. Of course, this was an absurd assumption by someone who was ill-informed, considering such an option would be so costly that the word “free” has no place in the conversation. That may be the case, but it got the idea out there.

Earlier this year, McLaren announced that the P1 would be offered with a carbon fiber body conversion, and the first of the 375 road-legal versions of the P1 equipped with this carbon fiber body will be shown to the public for the first time in Geneva. The conversion is obviously done by MSO, and you can’t deny how beautiful it looks from the pictures. Until we get to see the car up close, in its carbon form, let’s take a better look at this special McLaren P1.

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2016 McLaren 675LT

2016 McLaren 675LT

To fill the space between the 650S supercar and the astronomically potent P1 hypercar, McLaren built a “track-focused development of the 650S” and called it the 675LT. This limited-production, barely-road-legal race car packs an even bigger punch than its standard-issue forbearer, wringing out every last ounce of performance from the 650S platform via enhanced aerodynamics, less weight, and even more power. It may come with all the markings of something for public highways (you know, like headlights, a windshield, turn signals, and tires with grooves), but given the right environment, the 675LT is capable of posting times far beyond most machines with a license plate.

The “LT” nomenclature is a nod to the F1 GTR “Longtail,” a car that brought McLaren huge success competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance races of the late-‘90s. With that in mind, it’s no surprise the 675LT is framed as “the most driver-focused and exclusive McLaren Super Series model ever made.”

So then – exclusivity, a proven competition pedigree, the very latest motorsport technology, and of course, insane speed. Sounds like quite the package, no?

Updated 10/15/2015: We’ve added full details on McLaren’s most powerful Super Series model.

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2015 McLaren 650S Spyder VAYU RPR By Fab Design

2015 McLaren 650S Spyder VAYU RPR By Fab Design

Introduced for the 2015 model year as a replacement for the aging MP4-12C, the 650S is already available in five flavors. There’s the regular Coupe and Spider for those looking for a fast and good-looking entry-level supercar, the Sprint for amateur racers, and the more extreme GT3 for enthusiasts wealthy enough to afford a profession motorsport team. The newly launched 675LT brings more horsepower, improved aerodynamics, and a healthy dose of F1 GTR "Long Tail" heritage to the table. And I didn’t even mention the number of unique features customers can have via McLaren’s own customization arm, MSO. But despite having so many options to choose from, the 650S just isn’t as unique as some supercar aficionados would like.

Fortunately for those too picky to live happily with a stock 650S or any of its factory iterations — I know I would be — the folks over at Fab Design have crafted a bespoke package that makes McLaren’s new supercar a bit more special. Better known for modifying Mercedes-Benz products (including Maybach,) Fab Design is also one of the few aftermarket brands to meddle with past McLaren products. Having already launched updates for both the MP4-12 and the SLR McLaren, Fab Design has launched the VAYU RPR, a comprehensive package that turns the 650S Spider into a supercar McLaren’s MSO division can’t build.

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2016 McLaren P1 GTR

2016 McLaren P1 GTR

The iconic GTR returns after two decades!

The 2014 McLaren P1 debuted with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that together produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1. In a nod to the McLaren F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 carries the same GTR moniker.

Besides featuring a host of aerodynamic and technical improvements, which translate into more horsepower and improved performance, the P1 GTR also marks the introduction of McLaren’s full customer racing program. Just like Ferrari and Lamborghini, the Brits are upping the ante toward organizing private racing events on famous Formula One tracks, but not before the buyers receive private consultations with McLaren’s racing division. Read on to meet McLaren’s new and utterly powerful race car.

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Live images from Monterey are courtesy of Carninja and are used with expressed permission.

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