Singapore - Just how important is our local market to McLaren? Highly crucial it would seem as their second generation Super Series, the 720S, which was only just revealed to the motoring world officially last week at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show is already on our shores!
Pardon me for digressing, but in our corner of the globe, European or Continental cars that get their big unveiling at any major motor show usually take anywhere between six months to two years before they reach us owing to our small population and a slew of other technical legalities
Having seen the 720S right now in Singapore in a manner of days did catch this editor by surprise. Let’s hope this is a sign of better things to come from all the other manufacturers.
Anyway, the launch of the McLaren 720S (successor to the 650S), which happened this morning, was held at the glitzy Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre with McLaren taking up an entire hall just to present their flagship supercar to the media with a customer-related event taking place later in the evening.
Deliveries of the 720S in Singapore will commence from the second half of the year with prices starting from SGD$990,000 (excluding COE). The new McLaren supercar is a stunning interpretation of the existing design language and dedication to aerodynamic principles that personifies the brand’s extreme performance DNA.
The 720S features a carbon-fibre chassis based around a Monocage II central structure that lends to the car’s featherlight 1,283kg dry weight combined with unparalleled cabin space and visibility. McLaren has also ensured that the 720S delivers outstanding driver engagement with aerodynamic efficiency and a new active chassis system - Proactive Chassis Control II.
The 720S also packs a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that produces 710hp with 770Nm of torque, as such, 0-100 is dispatched in 2.9 seconds, while 0-200 is reached in 7.8 seconds and onwards to a maximum speed of 341km/h.