McLaren’s 720S was the anticipated replacement for the 650S, and it was a massive jump in every aspect. The 720S was produced for just on six years and in that time it’s estimated that roughly 5,000 units ended up in the hands of hypercar owners making it a very popular car. In between that number, there were a few very special limited-edition models too. The 720S was stupendously fast with all the right lines and curves in all the right places, powering the car is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that was tuned to produce a very healthy 720 hp - hence the name - with an equally impressive 770 Nm of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a lightning-fast 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The whole package tips the scales at 1,419 kg and that equates to a 0-100 km/h shunt in just 2.9 seconds, 0- 200 km/h in just 7.8 seconds and runs on to a top speed of an impressive 341 km/h. The last of them in 2023 were available for a whopping $336,000 (around R6,400,000). At the end of 2023, the 720S was taken off the production line and the replacement started being seen online - the 750S. If the McLaren naming structure was anything to go by, the new S car would have 750 hp on tap, and it has exactly that. The 750S sees fitment of the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, but in this case, there’s been some manipulation of the tuning and boost along with a new twin fuel pump setup. This means power is up to a very healthy 552 kW (the aforementioned 750 hp) and the torque increased to a more powerful 800 Nm. This too is mated to a 7-speed transmission with revised gear ratios, and combined with the higher power output it results in some equally amazing performance. The McLaren 750S is capable of launching from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, and it can hit 200 km/h in just 7.2 seconds, but it has a lower top speed than the 720S, capping out at 332 km/h. It is lighter than the 720S though with a weight of 1,389 kg.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows you which of the two coolest McLarens you should buy when you win the lotto or clinch that government tender. The Carwow crew tested the now retired McLaren 720S against the replacement McLaren 750S - sure it's on a drag strip and only a straight line and these things need to be tested in a circuit too, but this gives a good idea of how the close stats end up in the real world: McLaren 750S v 720S: DRAG RACE | carwow
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