Leaked images show striking new design of 650S successor; it will be officially revealed at the Geneva motor show next week

The McLaren 720S has been leaked on to the internet one week before the 650S successor is officially revealed in Geneva.

212mph McLaren 720S revealed at Geneva motor show

McLaren’s future Super Series model sports a completely new and much sharper front-end design. The picture, leaked by Bloomberg - which has since removed the image  - shows the model with its dihedral doors lifted. It also confirms the name as 720S, which suggests it will have 720PS (710bhp) in the same naming strategy as the previous generation. 

A first image of the car leaked five weeks ago via @woppum’s Instagram account, which showed the car's sides feature prominent aerodynamic bodywork; McLaren has already said that the car is twice as aerodynamically efficient as the current 650S. 

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McLaren’s familiar side intakes have been ditched for smoother panels, and the car’s roofline is also quite different from that of the outgoing car, thanks to its new Monocage II structure.

McLaren has already confirmed that the 720S will use a new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and get upgraded brakes. The model, codenamed P14, will achieve 0-124mph in 7.8sec and a standing quarter mile in 10.3secs, and will come to a standstill from 124mph in 4.6sec and 117 metres, according to the Woking-based firm.

Earlier spy pictures showed the car’s rear design more clearly. The wide tail-light design of the 650S has been swapped for thinner light strips. The test cars also featured twin-tail-pipe exhausts that exited in the middle of the rear.

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27 January 2017
There are an awful lot of people looking at it. And all of them wearing black and looking like the waiters at The Halkin about 25 years ago.

27 January 2017
Indeed, and many of them appear to have cameras.

27 January 2017
If you are going to generate excitement with an 'intentional' leak - at least make it look like no one else was taking pictures of it at a major event!

 

 

 

27 January 2017
Bullfinch wrote:

There are an awful lot of people looking at it. And all of them wearing black and looking like the waiters at The Halkin about 25 years ago.

Or could they possibly be 'the Agents' from the Matrix?

27 January 2017
Way, way better looking than the 488. A few of the other spy pics now make sense and it's safe to say it's a belter. Not 100% sure of the headlights but the sides looks incredible, the way the air has sculpted them is really new and really impressive.

That ugly air intake on the side of the 488 might now looks as modern as a pair of 70's flairs. Bravo!

28 January 2017
Ferrari will not at all like this but its got to be nick named SHARK NOSE

27 January 2017
Surprisingly different looking than the 650S, this actually looks like a new car!

27 January 2017
Can someone at Autocar Towers please explain why they think clicking on a photo to be rewarded with a photo of exactly the same size is a good idea.

27 January 2017
Lesia44 wrote:

Can someone at Autocar Towers please explain why they think clicking on a photo to be rewarded with a photo of exactly the same size is a good idea.

I will assume you are using Chrome or another Chromium based browser, I use Opera which has the same problem. Mouse over the picture then click on the resize arrows bottom right. Next move the cursor off the arrows and right-click the picture. Choose to open in another tab, then open the new tab. close the new tab and the picture viewer will show the picture enlarged and you can now use the right and left arrows, that appear half way up the sides of the picture when the cursor is close enough, to click through all the available pictures at the enlarged size. A bit of a nuisance but, it works.

The problem appears on some other sites too so it's not Autocar's fault the viewer doesn't work properly but, they could try a means of showing the enlarged pictures that works properly in all popular browsers.

28 January 2017
If you're using google chrome, right click on the image and select 'open image in new tab'. Now go to the new tab and close it. The image will appear bigger on the autocar page. The rest of the images will also appear on full size if there is any. It works for me.

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