The flagship series-production McLaren, the 720S, has been given an update and renamed the 750S. It, as you may have guessed, unlocks even more power from the V8 engine.
The McLaren 750S is described as defining a “new benchmark for supercar performance” and driving exhilaration. It is the lightest weight and most powerful series-production McLaren available as well, remembering that others are either out of production (the P1) or special build models only.
So, what about the heart of the car? Power continues to be supplied from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, however, instead of 720PS (530kW) the new model generates 750PS (552kW). Torque is also raised from 770Nm to 800Nm.
Thanks to various revisions to the construction, the 750S is about 30kg lighter than the 720S. With more power and less weight comes improved performance. McLaren says the 750S coupe can sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, and covers 0-200km/h in 7.2 seconds (or 7.3 for the 750S Spider). That 0-100 time is down from 2.9 in the 720S.
McLaren has also reworked the suspension and handling package, with the McLaren Proactive Chassis Control system with linked hydraulics evolved into ‘PCC III’ form. The company says the new setup includes softer front springs and stiffer rear springs, and recalibrated valve stacks in the dampers, both promising better ride comfort and roll control, as well as improving steering feedback and cornering balance.
Drivers are now greeted with a new McLaren Control Launcher (MCL) system as well, which basically provides various driver modes, including changes to the aero, handling and powertrain characteristics. The MCL system allows drivers to pre-set their favourite overall configuration.
Inside, the interior welcomes a new Centre Information Screen that presents richer graphics, while also offering Apple CarPlay connectivity. The rear-view and surround-view parking camera system has been upgraded to offer higher detail and clarity.
Of course, buyers will be given the opportunity to personalise their order, with complete carbon fibre packages available for the interior and exterior, as well as various track-focused items such as brakes from the McLaren Senna, racing bucket seats, and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres. In a recent statement, McLaren Automotive CEO Michael Leiters said:
“When you have a car recognised by so many drivers as a benchmark, to do something even better you have to examine every detail and really push hard for improvements that raise the bar again. This is what we have done with the new 750S and the light weight, V8 engine performance and outstanding dynamic abilities combine to deliver a supercar driving experience that hits new heights, with truly exhilarating levels of emotional connection.”
The McLaren 750S and 750S Spider are on sale in Australia and available for order. Prices start from $585,800 for the coupe and from $654,600 for the 750S Spider (not including on-road costs or options).