How good is the McLaren 720S? Full Road Test Review

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  1. F40-R

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  2. gtjoey

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    Neat to see in right hand drive as well, he seems to be a tall guy and still has plenty of room.
    It truly made everything else very old
    After my trip in the 2004 vanquish I felt like I was driving my 1954 mercury
    Great car but they just got old
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  3. Jo Sta7

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    He seemed to really enjoy it. As I'm sure 99.9% of people will. It may honestly to be too quick where does Mclaren go on the 750 LT or whatever it's called?
     
  4. Sfumato

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    Too quick is really inadequate talent. Quite easy to drive, but up at 10/10 it asks for effort. Easier than 650 or 675, but talent >>credit up there. I laugh a lot driving this thing.


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  5. Jo Sta7

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    On track, yes. On the street, your talent means little if some idiot pulls out in front of you.
     
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    What a great car. As far as driving goes, I would rather have one of these than a McLaren F1
     
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  8. gtjoey

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    It's all about the technology
    They nailed this car
    How much further can the auto go?
    Instant hp, instant speed and stopping
    The lt will be over 800 with another coming at 1,0000
    It's over the top
    The new Vettewill be very close in numbers but a third the price and hopefully some style
    Now the new 488 has to catch up and they will but all of the designs are inside the box
    The 720 is way out side
    Imho
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  9. Sfumato

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    Talent and equipment. 720 does dead stop from 124 in 118 M iirc. With that and same attention as at track, not driving like idiot in town, it is stoppable. I had the demo for a few days, twice pinheads pulled out in front. It stopped. Now. Car is fast enough you need track level attention. Should do so anyway.


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  10. Speedraser

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    At 124 mph you're doing more than 180 feet (60m) per second. Reaction time plus stopping distance means that, while you may have been talented when people pulled out, you were LUCKY that they didn't pull out closer to you.
     
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    Sfumato please post when you start driving!
    Thanks
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  13. frefan

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    Great review! I've driven 720s quite a lot and couldn't agree more. It really is a game changer.

    A minor point but those metal speaker grills can get a bit tarnished over time, not a fan of those.

    Can't wait for the LT version!
     
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    I'm thinking the LT version will be my first Mclaren. 2019?
     
  16. frefan

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    Sounds about right. that will probably be the first hard to get Mac. There are already 500 of us gunning for it ;)
     
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    Is it guaranteed that there will be a LT version of this car?
     
  20. F40-R

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    I'd suggest getting the 720S and worry about the LT when that gets released.

    The transition from a 650S to 675LT was huge, so I wouldn't doubt that the same will repeat itself.

    It's not worth missing out on the current car, at least you'll get first preference for the LT version being a current owner.
     
  21. PSk

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    What does LT mean?

    I assume S means Sport?

    In order from slowest to fastest how do the McLaren letters go/work please? I've looked at their site and doesn't really help ... or are they just making it up as they go along?
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  22. F40-R

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    LT = Longtail

    Based on the original McLaren F1 Longtail

    They started with the S model being the standard car with the 650 series.

    Now it has expanded into the 5xx series so you have in order from the entry car to the top spec car.

    540C
    570GT
    570S

    650S
    675LT

    Quite straightforward after a while.
     
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    I can not imagine the "LT" line being continued. As you sad, LT stands for "Long Tail". Yes, the 675LT has an approx 10cm longer tail as a 650S. But a 720S with a longer tail? I doubt this. IMO McLaren has entered a dead end with this naming.

    On the other hand, as I heard the P15 will be an extreme track oriented car. From the 720S McLaren has already yet two equipment packages, a "Luxury" and a "Performance" package. I wonder how McLaren wants to position all these cars.

    Therefore my question, is it confirmed by McLaren to bring a P14 7xx LT?
     
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    Huff post is biggest joke going
     
  25. frefan

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    There will be a lightweight more sporty edition of the 720 but it's not known if it will be called an LT, or if it will in fact have a longer tail. I think folks are just referring to 720LT as that lightweight car.
     
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    Thanks.
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  27. ekovalsky

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    The 720S combines many features from McLaren's typical GT, S, and LT variants in a single vehicle, so it will be interesting to see they evolve this platform with the expected LT and Spider models.

    Compared to the 675LT, the 720S already has similarly low weight, a 'long tail' design with LT-style exhaust, significantly more power with the stroked V8 and new twin-scroll turbos which eliminate lag. I wonder how much more power can be added via software without jeopardizing longevity of the dual clutch box. The design should accommodate a roof snorkel, a very expensive MSO option on the 675LT coupe - that would enhance interior sound and would definitely set an LT variant apart from the regular production 720S.

    One of the best new features of the 720S is the P1-derived Monocage II with glass top doors that extend far into the roof and a much lower lip that greatly facilitates entry/exit compared to the previous models using a carbon fiber tub. I'm not sure how McLaren can offer a Spider version without reverting back to the tub design, but I guess we will find out in a year or so. In the case of the 720S, release of the Spider may not result in immediate obsolescence of the coupe, which was/is largely the case for the 12C, 650S, and 570S for which there are no downsides to the Spider other than some added weight. Here in Arizona, my preference is for the glass roof panels on the coupe, as I hate all the desert dust that gets everywhere inside a topless car, and most of the year it is too hot or too cold to drive with the top down. Plus my wife hates wind messing up her hair!
     

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