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Geneva Motor Show: McLaren ‘720S’ performance stats revealed

By Louis Cordony, 16 Feb 2017 News

McLaren ‘720S’ performance stats revealed

Next-gen Macca poised for 10.3sec quarter mile times

McLaren’s 650S successor will possess otherworldly acceleration according to newly revealed performance claims.

Leading up to the debut of its new Super Series line next month, the brand’s published quarter mile and 0-200km/h times on its next generation of Ferrari fighters.

Using a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, codenamed the M840T, drivers will be able to extract 10.3-second quarter mile times from the new cars. During runs, 200km/h is said to pass by in 7.8-seconds.

Teased McLaren 720S air ventThat’s 0.6sec quicker to the double ton than the 650S – its current entry-level variant into the Super Series – and 0.2sec better over the quarter mile.

More importantly, while we’re comparing claims, the new McLarens should pip Ferrari’s 488 GTB to 200km/h by 0.5sec, and run a drag strip over a tenth sooner.

If it could back up those claims on Australian soil, the new Super Series would be faster than any car MOTOR has tested. Including the PCOTY-2017-winning Porsche 911 Turbo S, which slaughtered the quarter mile in 10.7sec.

Porsche 911 Turbo S drivingBut while there’s no mention of 0-100km/h claims, the announcement supplies more info on the new 4.0-litre engine. Saying the M840T debuts new ‘rapidly’ spooling turbochargers that use ‘ultra-low inertia’ twin-scroll technology.

With a new exhaust system said to be “among the most emotive of any McLaren”, throttle response, torque, and power are all claimed to have improved along with fuel efficiency and emissions.

Rumours suggest McLaren will reveal the first Super Series car as the ‘720S’ at the Geneva Motor Show – the numbers, of course, indicating its engine’s horsepower output.

McLaren 720S spoiler rearIf this is true, the 720S will wield around 530kW, putting it in the realm of outputs only Italian V12’s know. Such intimidating figures will suit the red engine-bay lighting the 720S also introduces.

As we’ve previously reported, the car will also debut a new, lighter carbon-fibre driver’s cell, and an evolution of its hydraulically-linked suspension system.

The car will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7.