The McLaren 720S was undoubtedly one of the highlights of 2017 in the supercar world.
2017 was a superb year for supercars. We saw the Porsche 911 GT2 RS set a new production car lap record at the Nurburgring, beating the Lamborghini Huracan Peformante revealed in the same year, while Ford revealed the new reborn GT as America’s first true supercar in years. One of the biggest surprises, however, was the McLaren 720S, a sublime supercar with hypercar performance. We’ve seen McLaren’s latest Super Series humiliate a Lamborghini Huracan and outrun the Tesla Model S at the drag strip.
In last week’s episode of The Grand Tour, we got to see Richard Hammond putting the 720S through its paces around the Eboladrome circuit. Yes, they let Hammond loose in a 710-hp supercar after crashing the electric Rimac Concept One in Switzerland. Plainly, his co-hosts aren’t going to let him forget that mishap in a hurry.
Just as we saw in the previous episode where Clarkson fell madly in love with the new Ford GT, it didn’t take long for Hammond to become besotted with the McLaren 720S. And it’s easy to see why. For many, it was love at first sight. Gazing at the car’s smooth, flowing design, it’s certainly more eye-pleasing than its predecessor, the McLaren 650S, with looks that would even make the Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan feel self-conscious. In terms of performance, the McLaren 720S is simply unmatched in its class. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 packing 710 hp, allowing the 720S to hit 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 212 mph, comfortably beating its Italian rivals.
It can also slide around corners with ease thanks to its variable drift control – cue gratuitous shots of the car powersliding around the track like we see in every review in The Grand Tour. This year promises to be another landmark year for McLaren with the launch of the 789-hp Senna named after the late Formula One legend Ayrton Senna in what will be the most extreme road car McLaren has ever built.