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The new McLaren 750S is here, and it’s a rather serious machine. It’s the lightest and most powerful series-production McLaren ever, and it can be had in coupe or open-top guise which means it’s going to appeal to a wider audience. Also, the way many McLaren owners are, we wouldn’t be surprised if they buy one of each. Fans of the 720S will easily identify the 750S as its successor, but there have been a host of changes carried out to give the new car its own identity. 750S refines the design with aerodynamic tweaks including an extended front splitter, narrower eye-socket intakes and a striking, central-exit exhaust inspired by the McLaren P1. There’s a new, larger rear wing and new meshing to improve the cooling. "When you have a car recognised by so many drivers as a benchmark, to do something even better you have to examine every detail and really push hard for improvements that raise the bar again. This is what we have done with the new 750S." Michael Leiters, CEO, McLaren Automotive. So there are clear changes and improvements, but not so many that the car doesn’t fit in with the evolution of the McLaren range. Around 30 % of 750S components are either new or were changed in order to shave down the weight while increasing just about everything else. With all available carbon fibre and lightweight options selected, the coupe tips the scales at 1 277 kg in its lightest form and gives the car a segment-leading power-to-weight ratio of 587 hp-per-tonne, which is an impressive 193 kg lighter than its closest competitor. The 750S Spider is designed with the same focus on minimising weight, and so the Retractable Hard Top (RHT), rollover protection system and bespoke rear upper structure to the monocoque are constructed from carbon fibre to give the open-top a power-to-weight of 566 hp-per-tonne and a lightest dry weight of 1 326 kg - also class-leading.

The important bits of the 750S for us are the powerplant and the performance, the rest of the upgrades, while impressive, will give your attention too much time to get lost. That stuff is for the proper technical anoraks. The 750S sees fitment of McLaren’s already powerful twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that we’ve seen before, 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 produce 552 kW (750 hp, hence the model name) and the torque increased to a very strong, even 800 Nm. This is mated to a 7-speed transmission with revised gear ratios, and combined with the new power output it results in some pretty damn amazing performance, McLaren’s testing saw the new 750S is capable of launching from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. That’s just stupid for a series-production car. I’ve been in a car that can do the exact same 0-100 km/h time and it was a mind-blowing experience, especially because it was with Ken Block in his highly modified Ford Fiesta WRX car. The 750S can also hit 200 km/h in just 7.2 seconds, again, that’s seriously fast. The Spider version can do the same in 7.3 seconds. To sort the drive and handling, the Proactive Chassis Control system received a number of hardware and software changes. The new McLaren Control Launcher (MCL) makes its debut on the 750S and allows the driver to personalise their McLaren driving experience by storing a bespoke dynamic preference – their favourite combination of aero, handling, powertrain and transmission settings – to be instantly recalled with a push of the MCL button. The McLaren 750S is an absolute beast, and we’re sure it won’t be long before some YouTubers get their hands on one and start doing aftermarket tweaks to wring even more power and performance out of them. We’ll keep you posted on that front.

Take a look at the YouTube videos attached, the first is from the global online premiere of the car, followed by a couple of videos that show off how amazing the new McLaren 750S is inside and out as well as just why the car is as fast and powerful as it is: McLaren Global Premiere | McLaren Automotive

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