New McLaren 750S is lighter, faster and ‘more exciting’ to drive

McLaren 750S

Michael Leiters has been reforming McLaren. The new chief executive resigned from his role as Ferrari’s chief technical officer last summer, making the jump from Maranello to Woking. His first decision was to stop production of the just-launched Artura until its quality problems were resolved.

Leiters is a man of details, and the 750S – the first new McLaren developed under his watch – is all about the details. It may look similar to the 720S it evolved from, but 30 percent of the car is all-new, including engine, chassis, interior and infotainment upgrades.

The 750S, the lightest and most powerful production McLaren ever built, also promises a greater emphasis on “engagement and fun”. We’ll be taking test drives in September, with first deliveries starting shortly thereafter. In the meantime, we take a tour of McLaren’s futuristic headquarters to get the full lowdown. Read on for these most important details…

speed of light

McLaren 750S

The headline stats are 750 hp and a DIN curb weight of 1,389 kg – up 30 hp and minus 30 kg respectively compared to the 720S. This gave McLaren a better power-to-weight ratio than its benchmark Ferrari, the 296 GTB.

As you might expect, performance is strong. The 0-62 mph sprint takes 2.8 seconds, 124 mph is passed in 7.2 seconds, and — for any American readers — the standing quarter mile is done in 10.1 seconds. Top speed is 206 mph.

There’s also a Spider version with a retractable hardtop that opens in 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. Prices will rise by around 10%, meaning a starting price of £240,000, which is £40,000 more than the Artura.

‘For the purists’

One major difference between the Artura and the 750S is that the latter does not have any Plug-in Hybrid TechnologyWhile the Artura combines a 3.0-litre V6 with an axial flux electric motor, the 750S relies entirely on McLaren’s venerable ‘M840T’ V8. “For combustion engine purists, this is a car with no shame,” said communications director Piers Scott.

The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 gets higher boost pressure and a higher-flow fuel pump, along with lighter-weight pistons from the 765LT. In addition to the 750hp output, torque has increased by 22lb ft to 590lb ft (800Nm) at 5,500rpm.The seven-speed shifter also has shorter final drive ratios

The new mid-mounted sports exhaust, inspired by the McLaren P1, is lighter and louder, “providing a greater crescendo at high engine speeds”.

like long tail

McLaren 750S

Not only is the 750S faster, it should also be more engaging to drive. Comparing it to McLaren’s track-focused Longtail (LT) model, Jamie Corstorphine, director of product strategy, said it offered a “significant degree of ‘Longtail’ agility, feel and feedback, while ensuring comfort and usability were not compromised. Influence”.

The car retains the 720S’ carbon fiber Monocage II-S chassis and hydraulically linked suspension, but the front springs are 3 percent stiffer and the rear 4 percent stiffer. The front track is also 6mm wider.

Aided by carbon-ceramic discs and a new brake booster, the standard 750S can be stopped from 62 mph in just 30 metres. For track-day fans, there’s a new brake upgrade derived from the McLaren Senna, with chunkier discs and monobloc calipers.

Crucially, the 750S still features hydraulic steering – a signature McLaren feature – now with a faster ratio and an upgraded pump for better resistance to bump steer. “We’re going to resist electric power steering as much as possible,” promises vehicle development chief Ben Gulliver.

socket to them

McLaren 750S

The 720S certainly looked radical when it launched in 2017, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the changes to its aluminum, carbon fiber and composite body have been subtle. Plus, as Piers Scott points out, the familiar styling of the 750S helps preserve the outgoing car’s resale value.

Up front, you’ll find a longer splitter and narrower headlight ‘eye sockets’ – now optionally painted in body colour. Both bumpers have also been redesigned, and there’s a larger pop-up rear spoiler. Other options include 765LT-style front wing vents and extensive exterior carbon fiber.

Chief engineer Sandy Holford says the car offers more downforce (“though that’s not our focus”) and better aerodynamic balance. Back in the real world, the new nose lift system only takes 4 seconds instead of the 10 seconds it used to take, saving time when you hit speed bumps.

ready to launch

McLaren 750S

Lift up the McLaren’s double-sided doors — which cut into the coupe’s roof — and the interior looks functional and driver-focused. The car we saw had the newly optional hard-shell ‘Senna seats’, but more upholstered P1-style seats are also available.

The “Activity” panel on the center console has been replaced by rocker switches flanking the digital instrument cluster. These sit within easy reach of the steering wheel and allow the driver to switch between Comfort, Sport and Track modes for the powertrain and chassis. Alternatively, the new McLaren Control Launcher (MCL) button provides quick, one-touch access to your preferred settings.

The portrait-style touchscreen gets a software upgrade, and — kudos! – Apple CarPlay smartphone connected for the first time. We’re told that Android Auto is coming soon.

Raise the standard

McLaren 750S

With the sold-out 765LT now out of production, the 750S is the flagship of the three-tier series, above the GT and Artura. It’s still old-school McLaren in some respects, but the 720S — the five-star supercar in our review — consistently delivers massive bandwidth, even without the ability to drive electrically.

“When you have a car that’s been approved by so many drivers as a baseline, in order to do better, you have to examine every single detail and really work hard to drive improvements and raise the bar again,” explains Michael Leiters.

Have standards been raised enough to beat Leiter’s former employer’s car? We can’t wait to find out.

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