McLaren 720S

The 2022 McLaren 720S features a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 power plant producing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, pushing the 720S 0-60mph easily under three seconds. Mated with a 7-speed SSG transmission shifted via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and offered in rear-wheel drive. The adaptive suspension is controlled via McLaren's Proactive Chassis Control II offering Sport, Comfort and Race modes.

The 720s can be configured in three trims: Standard, Performance and Luxury matched with either the coupe or spider convertible variation.

he 720S comes well-equipped with luxurious amenities for a supercar. Standard features include Alcantara seating, heated electronically controlled wing mirrors, cruise control, automatic LED headlights, LED sequential taillights, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, an 8-inch infotainment system, a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for hands free connectivity, staggered 19-inch wheels and two USB ports.

Luxury trim adds a few unique interior and exterior options particularly surrounded around material construction for body and interior trim. Standout features include interior and engine bay ambient lighting, McLaren Luxury Interior leather seat material options and heated memory bucket seats.

The Performance model brings the 720S down to its lowest possible weight and includes a carbon fiber hood, air intakes, door mirror casings, rear fender air intakes and carbon fiber interior component paneling.

Stand-alone options include: Carbon fiber seats, a power adjustable steering column, interior ambient lighting, a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system, McLaren Track telemetry with lap-time functionality, four front and rear parking sensors, 360 degree parking assist, a vehicle lift for those in urban areas, a volumetric alarm upgrade and a vehicle tracker. The 720S is also highly customizable with cast or forged variations of seven wheels, over 30 different exterior colors, and eight brake caliper color choices.

Editors' Review

If you're going to specialize in one thing, it'd better be damn good. McLaren builds just one type of vehicle: the two-seat supercar. So it's no surprise that this high-dollar, high-style 720S is positively impressive, offering immense capability in more ways than you might expect.  

Subtlety is about the only thing the McLaren 720S has no desire to master. This thing looks like it came straight out of the government's UFO report. Every inch of its bodywork is engineered for slicing through the air, which means there are oodles of smooth curves that channel air where it's needed, whether it's into the radiators under the headlights, the radiators behind the doors (there are a lot of radiators) or the massive airbrake that deploys under heavy deceleration. The rear end is pure engineering aggression, with high-mounted tailpipes and a lower fascia that provides a near-unencumbered view of the rear axle hardware.

The McLaren's interior does away with most fripperies, leaving only the relevant bits. On my Performance-trimmed tester, a liberal amount of suede plays well against the smattering of Nappa leather on the dashboard, doors and center console. If you're not a fan of the soft stuff, the Luxury trim swaps it out in favor of an all-leather getup. But no matter the equipment, the 720S' cabin is a great little space, offering an impressive amount of visibility in all directions. The seats are comfortable and supportive, with my example going above and beyond by way of optional heated electric chairs ($3,510).

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The Good ~ Bonkers performance ~ Bonkers styling ~ Bonkers everything

The Bad ~ Middling infotainment ~ Weird brake pedal feel ~ No smartphone mirroring

The Bottom Line The 2021 McLaren 720S pushes performance to the max, yet it remains pretty darn suitable for daily use.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 10
  • Features 9
  • Design 9
  • Media 6

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