2021 Mclaren 720s

MSRP $305,000

Ranked #10 in Midsize Coupe

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2021 Mclaren 720s Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The McLaren 720s is the range-topping supercar from the extravagant British automaker and it is one of the greatest cars to emerge from the McLaren’s factory. It is more of a spaceship than a car and the way it looks will blow your mind. As far as the performance goes, it is absolutely mental and annihilates all its rivalries by a substantial margin. For 2021, the McLaren 720s remain the same as its previous generation. Moreover, it gets a truckload of modern features that will make you awestruck. 

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Pros

Face melting acceleration

Lightweight carbon fiber monocage II chassis

Stellar braking performance

Astonishing looks

MSO option that comes in handy

Cons

Way too expensive with all the options onboard

Interior cargo space is scanty

What's New?

Remains unchanged for 2021.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$305000

bodystyle

dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

212 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

710 hp @ 7250 rpm

torque

568 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift Manual

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

10.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

1 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$305,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mclaren 720s in 91 Blue color
91 Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.5

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Final Verdict

8.6

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


For instance, the 720s has a very cool feature called variable drift control where you can adjust the amount of power and brake force sent to the wheels. To put things into perspective, it is an even more sophisticated version of traction control that lets you drift the car with so much ease by setting the angle of the drift in the center infotainment screen. On the flip side, it is expensive enough to empty your bank account. Furthermore, it gives a strong competition to top dogs like the Lamborghini Aventador S, Ferrari 812 Superfast, and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

2021 Mclaren 720s Coupe Front Angle View
2021 Mclaren 720s Coupe Rear Angle View

9.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

8.6/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mclaren 720s Features

The McLaren 720s is offered in three different trim levels that set each other apart by the features they offer. To start with, the base trim is priced at $305,000 which offers all the nitty-gritty that you would want from a supercar. On the other hand, the luxury trim offers oodles of creature comfort features like Full leather upholstery, Heated Power-adjustable seats, and dark palladium exterior trim. Whereas, the Performance trim is focussed more on the performance side. It offers lightweight elements like Carbon fiber exterior trim, Alcantara upholstery, and carbon fiber racing seats. However, both the trims will cost you the same price of $313,630.

Trim

Base

Luxury

Performance

MSRP

$305,000

$313,630

$313,630

Key Features

Alcantara & Nappa leather interior

In addition to or replaces 720s features

In addition to or replace 720 Luxury features

 

Aluminum body

More color options for exterior trim

Carbon fiber exterior trim

 

Use of carbon fiber for interiors

Heated and power-adjustable seats

Alcantara upholstery

 

Four speakers

Reclining driver and passenger seats

interior ambient lighting

 

ABS and driveline traction control

Interior ambient lighting

engine bay ambient lighting

Which Trim should you buy?

 We recommend the base trim as it offers all the essential features that are necessary for a supercar but when it comes to buying a supercar, money will not matter much to you. But if it doesn’t seem sufficient, the luxury trim offers some additional luxury features to keep you comfortable as much as possible when you go for a long drive. However, the performance trim is for the people who love track driving and hyper driving because it offers carbon fiber materials inside out which could also shed some weight.

2021 Mclaren 720s Engine and Performance

9.5/10

Here is the best part of the McLaren 720S, the engine. Under the hood, it is equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 fire breathing monster which puts out an insane 710 hp @7250 rpm and 568 lb-ft @5500 rpm. With a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission attached to the engine, it offers a seamless gear ratio and the gearbox is very responsive in the track mode. Furthermore, all the colossal power is sent to the Rear wheels via a Rear-wheel drive system.

2021 Mclaren 720s Coupe Engine Bay

 This V8 engine in the 720S turns out to be one of the finest engines out there. Coming to performance, the McLaren skyrockets to 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.7 seconds which is absolutely bonkers. Moreover, it is the fastest car to quarter-mile, clocking it in just 10.3 seconds making it the fastest accelerating rocket ship out there. It manages to max out at 212 mph which is blindingly fast.

Model

2021 McLaren 720S Coupe

2021 Lamborghini Aventador S

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

MSRP

$305,000

$417,650

$335,000

$316,300

Engine

4.0L Twin turbo V8

6.5L V12 

6.5L V12 

5.2L Twin turbo V12

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

710hp @ 7250 rpm

730hp @ 8500 rpm

789hp @ 8900 rpm

715hp @6500 rpm

Torque

568lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

507lb-ft @ 6750 rpm

718lb-ft @ 7000 rpm

664hp @ 5000 rpm

0-60 MPH

2.8 secs

2.7 secs

2.8 secs

3.2 secs

Quarter-Mile

10.3 secs

N/A

10.5 secs

N/A

Top-Speed

212 mph

217 mph

211 mph

211 mph

Among the competition, the McLaren 720S is less expensive and less powerful than the other cars yet delivers biblical performance figures. The car weighs very light by coupe standards, thanks to that brutal power which makes it the fastest car in its segment. However, the Aventador only takes less than 2.7 seconds to reach 60 MPH, thanks to the spot on the All-wheel drive system and the launch control. Both Ferrari and McLaren come next in terms of acceleration by hitting 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. However, the Lamborghini Aventador S happens to be the car with the highest top speed of 217 mph.

How well does the 2021 McLaren 720S Coupe handle?

 When it comes to handling, unlike the savagery P1, the 720s handles like a tamed beast, its lightweight, and well-balanced Carbon fiber monocoque chassis helps with the spot-on handling. It is also the lightest car in its segment weighing only 3139 lbs. It is equipped with a double-wishbone adaptive suspension in the front as well as the Rear which is tuned to offer a sporty ride quality and reduces the body roll drastically.

 Moreover, the suspension setup has just about enough stiffness and the ride quality is pretty good. As a result, the 720S can corner at sensational speeds and it is an absolute weapon on the track and it is also capable of destroying its rivals when it comes to setting lap records. In a nutshell, the handling of this car is outrageously good.

2021 McLaren 720S Braking Performance:

The braking performance of the McLaren 720S is unarguably one of the best in its class, It comes with 15.3 inches rotors in the front and 15 inches rotors in the rear which happens to be the smallest in its segment. However, due to its lightweight nature, it is able to come to a halt from 60-0 mph in just 93 feet which is truly sublime. The brakes are made of carbon ceramics with aluminum calipers with 6 pistons in the front and 4 pistons in the rear.

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Coupe

2021 Lamborghini Aventador S

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.3

15.7

15.7

16.1

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

15

15

14.2

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3139

3615

3593

4068

60-0MPH (feet)

93

96

N/A

N/A

Comparing the competition, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has the biggest rotors by size which measures 16.1 inches in the front and 14.2 inches in the rear. Combine that with the heaviest vehicle the braking performance is subpar in its class. On the other hand, the long-lasting rivalry between the Ferrari and Lamborghini is evident from the fact that they both have the same sized front rotors measuring 15.7 inches.

2021 Mclaren 720s Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The McLaren 720s trumps its rivals in terms of fuel efficiency due to its smaller size and forced induction. It clearly wins the fuel economy test. It returns a mileage of 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg while cruising down the highway, and a combined fuel economy of 18 mpg which is surprisingly good by supercar standards. On the downside, it comes with a less voluminous fuel tank which can hold up to 19 gallons of fuel which in turn offers the highest range of 285 miles in the city and 418 miles on the highway. The McLaren 720S never fails to surprise us in every aspect.

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Coupe

2021 Lamborghini Aventador S

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

MPG (City)

15

8

12

14

MPG (Highway)

22

14

16

22

MPG (Combined)

18

10

13

17 

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19

22.5

24.3

20.5

Range(city/highway/combined)(miles)

285/418/342

202/337/247

291/388/315

287/451/348

In comparison, the fuel efficiency of these cars is a mixed bag. While the 720S returns the best-combined mileage. The Lamborghini Aventador S, with its thirsty V12 engine, is the least performer in this segment and has a low overall driving range despite having a moderately sized tank. The 812 superfast, with its largest fuel tank, can cover a range of 291 miles and 388 miles in the city and on the highway respectively.

2021 Mclaren 720s Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the McLaren 720S is truly remarkable and looks jaw-dropping and gives you the feel of sitting inside something that usually flies. Speaking of buttons, The steering wheel has no buttons which is quite the opposite of the Ferrari which has a plethora of buttons on the steering wheel. The party piece of the interior is the instrument cluster screen that folds down when you turn the Race mode ON. Bringing the top edge which houses a slim screen for things like engine RPM and Speed. It’s all very F1-like inside the cabin of the 720S.

2021 Mclaren 720s Coupe Driving Seat

 Furthermore, when you opt for luxury trim, it provides you Full leather upholstery, Heated Power-adjustable seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to enhance opulence inside the cabin. On the other hand, opting for Performance trim will give you access to Carbon fiber primary interior components, carbon black Alcantara materials, and Carbon fiber racing seats. Apart from all this, you can also have the MSO specced interior which offers MSO Defined steering wheel – satin-finish visual carbon fiber, MSO Defined extended shift paddles – satin-finish visual carbon fiber and MSO Defined extended sill trim with McLaren branding – satin-finish visual carbon fiber.

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Coupe

2021 Lamborghini Aventador S

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

5.29

4.9 

18

In comparison, the Ferrari has excelled in the trunk space and the competition isn’t even near making a true grand tourer. All the cars have room for only 2 passengers except for the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera which has room for 4 passengers. The trunk space is also respectable on the Aston Martin which measures 9 cubic feet. However, McLaren and Lamborghini come with impractical trunk space. The cabin size of all these cars remains unknown. Some of the standout interior features in the McLaren 720S include:

  • Sport Leather/Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel
  • Alcantara Simulated Suede Door Trim Insert
  • Full Alcantara Simulated Suede Headliner
  • Compass
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Alcantara/Nappa Leather Seat Trim

What’s there to keep you entertained?

 The infotainment system on the 720S is more focused on the racing setup. It offers a standalone track telemetry option with three cameras to record your lap timings during track days and you can also take a video of your driving. It also comes with a 7-inch portrait-oriented touch screen that looks crisp and runs on the McLaren infotainment interface with onboard memory. On the flip side, it doesn’t have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Let's have a look at some of the standout infotainment features.

  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Voice controls
  • Audio media player,
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • 2 USB ports
  • 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system (optional)

2021 Mclaren 720s Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior design of the car is where things get a bit more crazy and engrossing as it looks like something that is straight out of space. To start with, the design language of the 720S is inspired by its big brother P1 and follows the traits of all other McLarens. The headlights are very imposing and devilish to look at and it is not only for looks but also functional. The headlights also boast an air intake that adds to the aero efficiency of the car.

2021 Mclaren 720s Coupe Side View

 Every shape and part of its exterior are functional. As a result, it offers a bullet-like shape that could tear through the wind with minimum drag possible. The taillights are sleek and blend in with the overall design language. However, the most paramount factor about the exterior is the trademark butterfly doors which look dramatic and give it a proper supercar look. Moreover, it is also integrated with an active spoiler that deploys for more downforce and also acts as an airbrake during braking.

Models

2021 McLaren 720S Coupe

2021 Lamborghini Aventador S

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Curb Weight (lb)

3139

3615

3593

3732

Length (inches)

178.9

194.6

183.4

185.5

Width (inches)

76

82.5

77.6

77.5

Height (inches)

47.1

44.72

50.2

50.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.2

4.1

N/A

3.5

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

106.3

107.1

110.4

Comparing its rivals, the Lamborghini is the widest and longest car in this segment. On the other hand, the Aston Martin happens to be the heaviest car in its segment, the weight might help with the overall stability but it may also affect the acceleration and handling of the car. Nevertheless, the McLaren, with its lightweight nature, handles razor-sharp and humiliates all the cars in its competition when it comes to performance and handling. Some of the exterior notable features are

  • Butterfly doors
  • Active rear spoiler
  • Carbon Fiber Power Mirrors (optional)
  • Electrochromic sunroof (optional)
  • Rain Detecting Fixed Interval Wipers

2021 Mclaren 720s Safety

6.0/10

McLaren has given a lot of attention to the safety front of this car. Faster the car, the better the safety features. As every other supercar in its class, it offers all the essential safety features you would expect from a supercar. The McLaren has not been rated both by IIHS and NHTSA due to its hefty price tag. Some of the remarkable safety features you can find in the 720S are as follows

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Restricted Driving Mode
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors

2021 Mclaren 720s Competition

2021 McLaren 720S Vs 2021 Lamborghini Aventador S:

Everything about the Lamborghini Aventador is a lot more dramatic and theatrical than the 720S. On paper, the Aventador seems a bit more powerful but it lacks behind when it comes to performance.

2021 Lamborghini Aventador S

In a nutshell, the Aventador may take a hit in terms of performance but smashes the 720S in terms of engaging driving experience and exhaust note. It is a more frolic and lively car to drive.

2021 McLaren 720S Vs 2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast:

The Ferrari 812 Superfast gets one of the finest naturally aspirated engines out there and stays true to its V12 predecessor. It is intended to be a GT car, Nevertheless, Racing is still a part of its DNA.

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

As every other supercar in its class, the 812 Superfast loses to 720S in the performance front. Apart from that, the Ferrari excels in every front, it has a characterful V12 engine which sounds utterly glorious, it has 4 wheel steering for more stability and better handling. It is the perfect definition of a Grand tourer supercar and the spot on mile-munching supercar for roads as well.

2021 McLaren 720S Vs 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera:

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the closest thing to the McLaren 720S in terms of price. The McLaren is built to be fast and agile on the track. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, on the other hand, is built to serve as a grand touring supercar but also can be your daily driver.

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The 720S clearly destroys the Aston Martin in terms of performance and speed but the Aston martin stands as a winner in terms of opulence, usability, and practicality.

2021 Mclaren 720s Final Verdict

8.6/10

As a supercar, the McLaren 720s checks all the boxes and sets the bar sky-high. It offers sublime performance figures and surreal design and surprisingly it turns out to be the most affordable supercar in its segment which is truly astonishing. That said, it is also the most fuel-efficient car of the lot which makes it friendly and fast at the same time. The only area where it falls short is the usability and quality of the materials. Apart from that, it is the perfect supercar to embarrass the top supercar brands and you can definitely have the 720S on your list when it comes to buying a high-performance supercar.

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