The McLaren 750S is the brand’s lightest, most powerful production model to date
Here to succeed the 720S, the McLaren 750S is the lightest and most powerful series-production model from the brand.
Visually, the 750S refines its predecessor’s design with a new lower nose section featuring an extended front splitter, narrower ‘eye socket’ intakes that enclose the headlights, new sill air intakes and rear wheelarch vents.
Rear aerodynamic revisions now incorporate a redesigned and lengthened rear deck that channels air towards a distinctive raised and lengthened carbon fibre active rear wing, positioned above the central-exit exhaust.
Headlight surrounds are now optionally body coloured or in carbon fibre, while the new rear bumper and front bumper vents are also available in McLaren’s signature lightweight material.
New, customisable ambient lighting highlights cabin design details at night and on the coupe, while the V8 engine can be visible from within the cabin via a double-glazed panel set in the rear luggage shelf, exposing the top of the powertrain behind the driver’s shoulder.
The new V8-engined rear-wheel drive 750S, which is available in coupe and convertible form, weighs 1,277kg in dry lightest form, which delivers a segment-leading power-to-weight ratio of 587PS-per-tonne which is 193kg lighter than its closest competitor.
The 750S Spider is also designed with the same focus on minimising weight. It features a Retractable Hard Top (RHT) which can be opened in under 11 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h, a rollover protection system, and a bespoke rear upper structure to the monocoque constructed from carbon fibre. This ensures the Spider is equally impressive in power-to-weight terms and segment-leading at 566PS-per-tonne, at its lightest dry weight of 1,326kg.
At just 1,389kg (DIN), it weighs 30kg less than a 720S and comes with features such as carbon fiber-shelled racing seats that are a combined 17.5kg lighter than the base seats in a 720S.
New 10-spoke ultra-lightweight forged wheels are the lightest ever fitted as standard on a series-production McLaren and save 13.8kg. The new driver instrument display is lighter by 1.8kg. Even the windscreen glass contributes to weight reduction, providing a 1.6kg saving.
The 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine with power of 750PS and torque of 800Nm enables the 750S to sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and 0-200km/h in 7.2 seconds (Spider 7.3 seconds). This is quicker than its closest competitor on both measures.
The suspension springs which are softer at the front and stiffer at the rear than in the 720S also reduce weight by 2kg.
The 750S is also more agile than the 720S, with better front-end grip – helped by a 6mm wider front track and new suspension geometry – and McLaren’s electro-hydraulic steering.
In the cabin, there are two new displays for information and instruments, with the instrument display fitted to the steering column. This driver-centric display is mounted in a binnacle that has the controls to select Powertrain and Handling modes located are on either side, meaning the driver can move effortlessly between Comfort, Sport and Track Active Dynamic settings while keeping their hands on the wheel and a complete focus on the road ahead.
The McLaren Control Launcher (MCL) is another new McLaren technology that debuts on 750S. Activated using a button, the MCL allows the driver to personalise their McLaren driving experience by storing a bespoke dynamic preference.
Drivers will also benefit from new features such as Apple CarPlay and the new Central Information Screen, which features more detailed graphics to further enhance the driver experience.
The Rear View and Surround View camera system are also upgraded, for higher definition and clarity and a new vehicle-lift system raises the front of the 750S in only four seconds compared to the 10 seconds it takes in a 720S.
While a full Nappa leather-trimmed interior or a combination of Alcantara and Nappa leather is available with new TechLux and Performance interior themes, Bowers & Wilkins has developed a new system for the 750S with a more powerful amplifier and the company’s proprietary Continuum cone speakers.