We’re getting closer and closer to the reveal of McLaren’s 650S replacement at next month's 2017 Geneva auto show. The car, tipped to be called a 720S and already revealed in a leaked shot, is the first member of McLaren’s next-generation Super Series family.
It’s a true next-generation design with a new carbon fiber tub, a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, and a new chassis system complete with drift mode. (The attached video gives us a taste of the car’s drifting ability.)
It will also have a new, powerful braking system. Carbon-ceramic discs will feature as standard, along with lighter, stiffer calipers than those previously used on the Super Series. McLaren says the brakes will bring the car to a stop from 124 mph in just 4.6 seconds/383 feet. The P1 hypercar achieves the same feat in 4.5 seconds/380 ft.
McLaren says the key is modulation of the brakes at the limit. Of course, tires also play a major role. McLaren called on Pirelli to develop a bespoke set of P Zero Corsa tires for the car that’s claimed to deliver a 6.0 percent improvement in overall mechanical grip compared to the 650S.
We’re expecting a few more details in the lead up to the Geneva auto show’s March 7 opening day. To learn about some of the other vehicles set to appear, head to our dedicated hub.