No one can accuse the outgoing McLaren 720S of lacking in the power department, but such is the supercar game that more power always seems never enough. Meet the 750S as it replaces the 720S with added horses, less weight, and some very subtle styling tweaks. And while it might look like a 720S at first glance, more than 30 per cent of the parts are new, with McLaren fundamentals adding lightness and more power to the already great performance benchmark.
Expect this supersonic spaceship to land in Australia early next year with prices seeing a jump at $585,800 AUD plus on-road costs, while the McLaren 750S Spider is priced at $654,600 AUD plus on-road costs.
The new 750S will bother the current 765LT with a substantial power bump at 750PS and 800Nm as its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine now gets lighter pistons along with higher boost pressure. The 7-speed transmission gets revised ratios for faster acceleration which results in a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds. It’s so fast in fact, that we’re not sure how much room it leaves for the 765LT replacement!
It’s not all about the power, however, as McLaren has put the focus on reducing the weight. As much as 30kg has been shaved off the chassis when compared to the 720S. With a dry weight of just 1,277kg, it’s nearly 200kg lighter than a Ferrari 296GTB.
Part of that weight loss regime includes Carbon fibre-shelled racing seats and lighter wheels (the lightest ever fitted to a McLaren). The 720S was lauded for its ride quality and now the 750S gets the new generation linked-hydraulic suspension with lighter springs and dampers while the electro-hydraulic steering set-up gets a faster steering rack. McLaren also offers ‘track brakes’ with ceramic discs and monobloc callipers.
At first glance, the 750S maintains the futuristic looks of the 720S albeit with subtle revisions including a new lower nose section featuring an extended front splitter, narrower ‘eye socket’ intakes surrounding the headlights, new sill air intakes and rear wheel arch vents. At the rear, you get a carbon fibre active rear wing, positioned above the new central-exit exhaust, just like on the mighty P1 hypercar. There are more body-coloured bits including headlight surrounds while buyers can also spec it in carbon fibre.
Carbon fibre is everywhere including the nerve centre of the car with its monocoque construction and which brings in a near 360-degree visibility, with a low scuttle, ultra-slim A-pillars and on the coupe, glazed C-pillars. The interior gets new displays with everything being centred around the driver of course while a driver-centric display is mounted in a binnacle that has the controls to select Powertrain and Handling modes located on either side, meaning the driver can change between Comfort, Sport and Track Active Dynamic settings while keeping their hands on the wheel.
Elsewhere the 750S also gets a new feature called McLaren Control Launcher (MCL) which allows the driver to personalize their favourite combination of aero, handling, powertrain, and transmission settings. The 750S is also not some hardcore track monster as it gets amenities like Apple CarPlay, an upgraded rear and surround-view camera, a faster vehicle-lift system that deploys in just 4 seconds and new customisable ambient lighting. Finally, there is Nappa leather and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system too.
The 750S Spider which also weighs 30kg less than the 720S Spider has a retractable hardtop with an optional electrochromic glass and the roof can be opened in just 11 seconds while also being on the move at speeds up to 50km/h.
Expect this supersonic spaceship to land in Australia early next year with prices seeing a jump at $585,800 AUD plus on-road costs, while the McLaren 750S Spider is priced at $654,600 AUD plus on-road costs. Expensive, but still great value for performance as far as supercars go.
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