McLaren’s lightest, most powerful series-production model to date, the 750S, has arrived down under, unveiled to local media earlier this week. Featuring a new rear-wheel drive configuration, it’s available in coupe and convertible form.
The new 750S provides ferocious performance, fitted with a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering up to 551kW and a torque output of 800Nm. Capable of achieving 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and 0-200km/h in 7.2 seconds.
Based on the already outstanding 720S, the new model achieves a segment leading power-to-weight ratio of 432kW-per-tonne (coupe, at lightest dry weight). That’s a 16kW advantage over its closest competitor.
Designed following meticulous analysis of 720S, the new 750S demonstrates technical advances in weight-saving, powertrain performance, aerodynamics and dynamic excellence.
The construction of the carbon fibre monocoque, carbon fibre-shelled racing seats and the lightest wheels ever fitted as standard, all work towards delivering a low weight vehicle (1,277kg – a remarkable 193kg less than its closest competitor).
A lengthened active rear wing, which was developed at the state-of-the-art McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Yorkshire, England, features angle configurations unique to the Coupe and Spider.
“For 60 years, our past has fuelled our future. At McLaren Racing, every second can make a meaningful difference on the track for our F1 drivers,” McLaren Automotive APAC and China managing director Paul Harris said.
“At McLaren Automotive, this same DNA drives us, every small change yields significant results. It is this ethos from which the 750S was created, carrying this DNA into a new era.”
In-gear acceleration is amplified by the optimisation of the 7-speed transmission’s gearing and the introduction of a revised kickdown control strategy. That system operates alongside proactive chassis control linked hydraulic suspension.
The new generation system, PCC III, means that the dynamic capabilities of 750S are even greater while maintaining the same levels of comfort, and improving overall circuit performance.
Better front-end grip is also a noticeable feature thanks to a 6mm wider front track and new suspension geometry. Also debuting on 750S is the McLaren Control Launcher (MCL), which is activated using a button featuring the famous McLaren ‘Speedy Kiwi’.
MCL allows the driver to personalise their McLaren driving experience by storing a bespoke dynamic preference – their favourite combination of aero, handling, powertrain and transmission settings – that can instantly be recalled with a push of a button.
The interior has been reimagined. The instrument display is fitted to the steering column, and features controls to select both powertrain and handling – allowing the driver to move seamlessly between Comfort, Sport and Track Active drive modes.
Apple CarPlay has been added, while new graphics feature on the infotainment system. It’s backed by a 3-year warranty (extendable in 12 or 24 month blocks for up to 15 years of life) and 3-years servicing.
The McLaren 750S Coupe is priced from $585,800 plus on-road costs. Its Spider sibling hits the tarmac from $654,600 on-road costs, and both are available to order from McLaren dealers. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.