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McLaren 720S Is About To Get A Lot Faster

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As if the current car wasn't quick enough.

As difficult as it may be to believe, McLaren is working a slew of models that will all be faster than their current cars as part of Track25 business plan. The Track25 plan calls for 18 new models over seven years, culminating with a P1 successor in 2025. One of the 18 models will be a successor to the 720S, a car that is already capable of slaying most of its supercar competitors.

The 720S produces a whopping 710 horsepower from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, capable of sending the car to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.8 seconds, and through the quarter-mile in just 10.3 seconds. So how could McLaren hope to make the car any faster? With hybrid power, of course.

McLaren learned how well hybrid technology can improve a supercar with the P1. It appears the P1's technology is now ready to trickle down because our spy photographers just spotted a 720S test mule with hybrid technology. It may not be easy to read, but two close up images (pictured below) show stickers reading, "hybrid" and "hybrid prototype," so we know this is definitely a replacement for the 720S using a hybrid drivetrain. We assume McLaren will still use the same 4.0-liter V8, but the car will produce well over 710 hp with help from the electric motors.

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Ferrari just released its latest V8 supercar, the F8 Tributo, which bests the 720S with a 3.8-liter V8 producing 720 hp. Once McLaren adds hybrid power to the mix, it will likely leapfrog Ferrari and the rest of the supercar competition. Ferrari is also hard at work on its own hybrid supercar but it will sit above the 812 Superfast, meaning it will likely be more expensive than this 720S successor. We are excited to hear more details about this upcoming McLaren model but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of it having close to 800 hp.

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