It is well that the 720S’s appearance has changed markedly from the previous generation of Super Series cars – the middle grade of McLaren’s three-tier line-up – because the established ingredients of McLaren’s principal model (the mid-mounted turbocharged V8, the carbonfibre tub, the elaborate active suspension, the dihedral doors) have all been extensively redeveloped but not fundamentally altered.
Its latest styling, though – part aerodynamic due diligence and part schoolboy fantasy – is unmistakably and triumphantly different.
Of course, this being McLaren, many of the changes are either the result of engineering modifications beneath or else intended to service them.
Hence the apparent disappearance of the side air intakes, made redundant by the new ducts in the doors that now channel a cooling breeze into the 720S’s radiators.
Then there’s that teardrop of a glasshouse, its spider-web-thin pillars indebted to the next generation of the Monocell carbonfibre tub.
Extending the tub to include roof elements is arguably at the heart of the 720S’s overhaul. Now aptly dubbed Monocage II, the new structure not only delivers a predictably strong passenger cellbut also lessens the amount of steel used in the car’s construction – reducing weight by 18kg and lowering the centre of gravity by 3 percent.