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One of the most eagerly awaited unveilings at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the McLaren 720S.

Successor to the McLaren 650S, the new model is the first in the brand’s second-generation Super Series, which includes the range-topping cars. It is also the first major element of the bold ‘Track 22’ plan, unveiled in Geneva one year ago and committing McLaren Automotive to 15 new models in six years.

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As its name suggests the McLaren 720S offers 720hp from a new four-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. It is built around a brand-new monocoque central structure, dubbed Monocage II. This is formed completely of carbon fibre and is both significantly lighter and stronger than its predecessor.

Twice the aero

The 720S features new, bolder aerodynamics and according to McLaren is twice as aerodynamically efficient as its 650S predecessor. Industry sources suggest the car will hit 124mph from rest in just 7.8 seconds, and complete a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds.

The car also features an uprated braking system that will slow the 720S from 124mph to a stop in just 4.6 seconds and 117 metres – this is six metres better than a 650S and comparable to McLaren’s ultimate supercar the P1.

Interior of McLaren 720s at Geneva Motor Show
The McLaren 720s’ cockpit features a Folding Driver Display and a Central Infotainment Touchscreen. Photo: Andrew Charman

Chassis technology is being upgraded to match the powertrain with a new adaptive system Proactive Chassis Control II uses multiple sensors – 12 more than on previous Super Series models, including an accelerometer on each wheel hub

New cockpit systems

Technology on the 720S includes a driver information system dubbed “a revolutionary approach” by its creators. Two screens – a Folding Driver Display and a Central Infotainment Touchscreen – are fitted.

In Full Display Mode, when the driver unlocks and slips into the car they are given a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen, the display format changing according to a driver’s choice of Comfort, Sport, or Track driving modes.

The Folding Driver Display includes a Slim Display Mode, that sees the display slide down to show only essential information in a strip. McLaren anticipates this suiting drivers wanting the minimum of distraction, such as when on a track.

The eight-inch central infotainment screen will run multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel including controlling the audio, media and navigation.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.