2019 McLaren Special Operations 720S Stealth Theme
The McLaren 720S Stealth Theme is a shadowy tribute to the only McLaren that has ever conquered the Le Mans 24 Hours race, the F1 GTR. It is built by McLaren Special Operations on request from the McLaren dealer in London and, underneath the skin, it hides all the goodies of a 720S Performance.
Launched only last year, the 720S came as the replacement of the popular 650S model. It features heavily revised aerodynamics, a luscious body sculpted with speed in mind, and a brand-new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that is 41-percent new compared to the old 3.8-liter unit.
The 720S Stealth Theme commemorates McLaren’s overall victory at Le Mans 23 years ago when a GT1-spec F1 GTR blitzed the whole of the prototype field to win the race, a genuine first for a production-based car as Porsche’s previous victory with a GT car, in 1979, was achieved with a silhouette-style 935 that only shared the roof and the windows with the street-legal 911.
Watch This Lightly Tuned McLaren 720S Run the Quarter Mile in Less Than 10 Seconds
The McLaren 720S is an absolute beast right out of the box, with nearly $300K worth of go-fast awesomeness on offer for anyone with the bank to back it. That said, for a little extra outlay, you can extract even more from it, granted you know where to turn for a tune.
This particular example comes from EKanoo Racing, a tuner based out of the Middle East that specializes in building seriously quick drag racing machinery. This McLaren is no different, however, the mods are very light, with just an ECU retune to pull a bit more power from the mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8.
EKanoo Racing declined to say exactly how much more power this tuned 720S is making, but unleashed down the 1320, it manages a very fast 9.605 at 146 mph. Compare that to the stocker’s time of 10 seconds flat at 140 mph, and it’s obvious this thing is laying down some extra mid-range muscle.
As a reminder, the stock McLaren 720S produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the rear wheels by way of seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds, while top speed is rated at 212 mph.
The run itself takes place in Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit, the same track used for the annual Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race. The whole clip is just 30 seconds long, but seeing this thing move at full chat is a delight all the same. Make sure to listen for the high-pitched whine as the 720S accelerates, which apparently are the super-sticky tires making maximum thrust against the tacky track surface.
McLaren Teams With Belstaff for New Fashion Line
McLaren Automotive is no stranger to collaborations with companies from the fashion world, counting Michael Kors, Kimoa, and Le Coq Sportif as fashion brands that it has partnered with in various capacities in the past. Today, the British automaker is adding another brand to that list with the launch of the Belstaff x McLaren Collection in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. The new fashion collection is the result of the automaker’s new partnership with Belstaff, one of the U.K.’s oldest and famous fashion brands. The collection is small in terms of volume — it includes only 10 male outerwear items and three female pieces — but each item in the collection stands out for its quality and all-around sophistication. The Belstaff x McLaren Collection is available to buy from selected McLaren Automotive retailers worldwide, Belstaff’s global stores and official online sites, as well as selected retail partners.
The 2019 McLaren 720S Goes On A Diet To Become Lighter And Faster But More Expensive
Ice-T Arrested After Driving His New McLaren 720S Over George Washington Bridge Without Paying the Toll
Rapper and actor Ice-T was arrested earlier this week for on allegations that he evaded paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. The veteran actor was reportedly in the E-ZPass lane with his brand-new McLaren 720S, which didn’t have license plates, either. The actor told cops that he simply forgot to bring his E-ZPass with him, adding that he actually has seven of them. Ultimately, he was allowed to leave the scene after receiving a ticket for the unregistered supercar.
43-Year-Old Crashes a McLaren Senna Just Hours After Delivery
When you name your latest supercar after one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers to ever grace a racetrack, there are a few assumptions to be made. Firstly, the car in question will be blisteringly, outrageously fast, and secondly, it’ll be quite the handful behind the wheel. Unfortunately for one McLaren Senna customer, these were two lessons learned the hard way.
There’s Now an Official Scale Model of the McLaren 600LT to Complement your Car Collection
Are the mouth-watering images of the McLaren 600LT making you want to rob a bank and buy one? Well, there’s now a less felonious way to own McLaren’s latest "LongTail" car. You can get yourself an accurate scaled-down representation of the real thing, either at 1/18 scale or 1/43 scale.
The model cars, developed in secret using blueprints of the real beast, are made out of resin by TSM (TrueScale Miniatures). The company’s relationship with McLaren dates back a few years, having made model cars of all the previous creations from Woking, including the F1 and the P1.
While the running and driving 600LT costs $243,000, the 1/43 scale model is yours for just $85 while the 1/18 scale model, bigger and even more detailed, is priced at $263.
McLaren has barely let loose the ludicrous 600LT and, already, the Spider version is in the pipeline for 2019. This was discovered when the name popped up on a CARB document that certifies emissions for next year’s cars. It was already known that McLaren was preparing the car from the way they designated the configurator for the Coupe model.
McLaren is on a charge in the last few years. After the 675LT and the 675LT Spider, the company from Woking delivered on its promises of a car to sit barely below the 675LT as an improved 570S on steroids with the 600LT. Now, we’re closer than ever to seeing the roofless model, and it may come our way at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
By all accounts, the Spider will share the same astounding performance figures of the "LongTail" Coupe, albeit not as light. It will still be quite a sight to see, either early next month in the French capital or, later, at the L.A. Auto Show that kicks off on November 30.
McLaren 600LT Configurator Invites You To Have Fun
McLaren has launched the online configurator for the new 600LT supercar. Launched at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed back in July, the track-prepped Sports Series supercar brings back the Long Tail heritage for McLaren. The 600LT is lighter and more powerful than the 570S. It’s powered by the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-8 that’s used throughout the entire Sports Series lineup. The 600LT’s V-8 engine is tuned to produce 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, 30 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque more than the 570S. Now that the supercar’s online configurator is live, it’s time to go have some fun with it.
McLaren CEO Explains Why an SUV is Not on The Company Menu
McLaren has made it clear that it has no plans to develop an SUV, and we’re finally hearing the company’s reasons straight from CEO Mike Flewitt. In a conversation with Top Gear, Flewitt was clear that McLaren isn’t joining the SUV party, largely because it costs a lot of money to develop one. More importantly, he doesn’t want to dilute the McLaren “brand,” a sentiment we’ve heard from the automaker a number of times in the past.
2018 McLaren F1 GTR ‘25R’ Restoration
McLaren Special Operations may be known for building exclusive one-off creations, but it’s now expanding its workload with the launch of a new certification program for the British automaker’s most iconic model, the F1. Part of the new program’s objectives is to authenticate the history and specification of a specific McLaren F1. Coinciding with the launch of the program is the first McLaren F1 to get fully certified: the 1997 F1 GTR Longtail “25R.”
McLaren is Shooting for EV Supercar to Have at Least 30 Minutes of Track Use Per Charge
The McLaren Speedtail is getting all the headlines these days — and deservedly so — but the British supercar brand also has an all-electric supercar in its sights. McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, confirmed as much, telling Auto News that an EV supercar is likely to happen, in part as a response to legislation changes in markets all over the world. The company isn’t in a rush to build one, though, at least until the technology catches up with McLaren’s own requirements for an electric supercar.
2019 McLaren 600LT in Stealth Grey by MSO
McLaren’s most aggressive Sports Series model yet, the 600LT, joined the company’s exclusive line of MSO cars with the Stealth Grey edition. Equipped with features from both the MSO Defined and MSO Bespoke catalogs, it made its debut on the Concept Lawn of the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This is the first 600LT with MSO treatment, but definitely not the last of its kind to hit the streets with bespoke features inside and out. It’s safe to say that most 600LTs — production is "strictly limited," but an actual figure is not available yet — will be ordered with MSO upgrades. Let’s see what the Stealth Grey model is all about.
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