2019 Mclaren 720s

MSRP $284,745 - $296,175

Ranked #8 in Midsize Coupe

7.6

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2019 Mclaren 720s Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2019 McLaren 720S is the pinnacle of how some crazy engineers can build a supercar with 8 cylinders, that is a corner-craving monster on four wheels. It is a mix of favorable adjectives all put together, rather than a supercar - it's aggressive, poised, quick, melodious, and quite the beauty it should always be. But as with all supercars, they aren’t cheap nor are they the easy-to-maintain type. 

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Pros

Gorgeous looks

Ballistic missile-like performance

Sounds the best V8 out there

Impressive handling

Cons

Low-end power underwhelming

Braking in the rain could’ve been better

Too much performance for majority of the roads

What's New?

Gets a new Track Pack that reduces the weight and enhances performance with package-specific features

McLaren 720S Spider joins the line-up


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$284745

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

212 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

710 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

568 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

178.9 in.

width

76 in.

height

47.1 in.

curb weight

3139 lbs.

ground clearance

4.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

10.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

drivetrain warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

10 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$284,745 onwards

Luxury$296,175 onwards

Performance$296,175 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Mclaren 720s in Abyss Blue Pearl color
Abyss Blue Pearl

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


With an MSRP of over $300,000 the 720S is one of the most exclusive McLarens one can buy for the road, with a roof and without one as well and with a price point like that, the rivals are fierce as well. The McLaren 720S goes against the hard-hitting Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, the raging-red Ferrari 488 Pista, and the quick German - the Porsche 911 Turbo S. 


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


2019 Mclaren 720s Features

The 2019 McLaren 720S can be configured in three ways - Base, Luxury, and Performance. The Base has every functional thing that can be, and is required, in a supercar like this while the Luxury betters in terms of the materials used inside and the Performance gets performance-oriented parts that help in shaving some crucial milliseconds off the lap times. 

Trims

Base

Luxury 

Performance

MSRP

$301,500

$313,630

$313,630

Key Features

Wheels w/locks

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Luxury trim features with:

 

Power spoiler

Spare Tire Mobility Kit

4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension

 

LED brakelights

Heated Sports Seats

Electro-hydraulic power assist speed-sensing steering

 

Door auto-latch

2-Way front-seat lumbar support

Brake actuated limited slip differential

 

Concealed diversity antenna

Valet Function

Entertainment system w/digital media

 

Sports seats

Full Leather Headliner

Carbon fiber steering wheel

 

Front cupholder

Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Nappa Leather Seat Trim

 

Alcantara upholstery

Air Filtration

Fixed Front Head Restraints

There are no packages on offer with the 720S but McLaren does offer some options that could be added onto the car to increase the utility, but mostly remains for the styling aspect of it. The car maker has a separate department for the customizations called McLaren Special Operations (MSO) that takes care of all the unique combinations and trims that one wants. 

Which trim should you buy?

If a McLaren 720S is the option that you’ve considered, we recommend the base coupe that has each and everything that is expected from a supercar like this, after which, the other trims are just a pickfest of features added on to justify the price premium. 

2019 Mclaren 720s Engine and Performance

9.5/10

The McLaren 720S has a lot of heritage and decades of engineering put into its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 that pumps out a massive 710 horsepower and a massive 568 lb-ft of torque which is sent to the rear wheels only, with no option of AWD. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that is responsible for maintaining the shifts around the corners and also keeps a healthy amount of revs to save those precious milliseconds. 

Models

2019 McLaren 720S

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S

MSRP

$319,100

$521,265

$353,800

$216,050

Engine

Twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8

6.4L V12

Twin-turbocharged 3.9L V8

Twin-turbocharged 3.8L Flat-6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed dual-clutch automatic

Power

710 hp @ 7,500 RPM

759 hp @ 8,500 RPM

710 hp @ 8,000 RPM

640 hp @ 6,750 RPM

Torque

568 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM

531 lb-ft @ 6,750 RPM

568 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

590 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM

0-60 MPH

2.8 seconds

2.6 seconds

2.7 seconds

2.2 seconds

Quarter-mile

10.3 seconds

10.4 seconds

10.1 seconds

10.1 seconds

Top Speed 

212 MPH

217 MPH

211 MPH

205 MPH

Despite having a significant power deficit, the Porsche 911 Turbo S decimates the others with its impressive and eye-boggling launch that sends it to 60 MPH in just 2.2 seconds! Part of this can also be the torque advantage that the Flat-6 configuration gives it, that too at very low RPMs which the PDK launches effortlessly to the tarmac. Coming close to this figure is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ with a screaming naturally aspirated V12 behind it. 

How well does the 2019 McLaren 720S handle?

Putting the suspension in the comfiest setting does help in city conditions, and makes it a little more absorbing but it still remains stiff for driving nonetheless. The road noise is very much present, along with all the small irregularities that the driver feels through his/her butt. The exhaust seems to drone on and on because of its placement, and when driving at a very stable speed. Drop the gear and the exhaust comes to life with pops and crackles out the rear, and a very violent acceleration that pushes the driver into the seat. 

On the track, the 720S feels at-home. The steering is super precise and the thin steering wheel means the grip is good which later becomes crucial for fantastic control. The dual-clutch gearbox shifts like crazy and keeps the next gear ready, at an instant. The brakes are grabby and the experience is immense, helping the car turn into corners effortlessly. The steering response is immediate and one can feel what’s going on underneath the car. The punch from the engine makes it seem that it is always on boost due to the close ratios and the shorter gearing. Whatever the case may be, there is always a grin on the driver’s face in terms of driver’s engagement!

Braking Performance

The 2019 McLaren 720S comes with carbon-ceramic discs on all four wheels, measuring 15.3 inches in the front and 15.0 inches on the rear. These rotors are fitted with more powerful six-piston calipers which provide immense stopping power coupled with the active aero spoiler at the rear. The speed is shed so fast that one should be thankful for seat belts to hold them in place.

Models

2019 McLaren 720S

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Brake Rotors: Front

15.3 inches

15.7 inches

15.7 inches

16.0 inches

Brake Rotors: Rear

14.9 inches

15.0 inches

14.2 inches

14.9 inches

Curb weight 

3,343 lbs

3,850 lbs

3,308 lbs

3,646 lbs

70-0 

141 ft

133 ft

141 ft

139 ft

The Lamborghini Aventador has the biggest rotors in the segment and, needless to say, is equipped with similar equipment as the others in the comparison today. The setup does a fantastic job which is very evident - posting the shortest braking time with the highest curb weight. The McLaren ties with the Ferrari in this - both being the latest to drop their anchors. 

2019 Mclaren 720s Fuel Economy

5.0/10

This parameter doesn’t apply to this segment of cars since the one who can afford such a car can easily live with the fuel bills - given the performance and exclusivity of all these cars. But for the sake of it, the McLaren 720S is as fuel-efficient as a supercar can get with an EPA rating of 15 MPG in the city, 22 MPG on the highway for a combined figure of 22 MPG from its 16 gallon fuel tank. 

Models

2019 McLaren 720S

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S

MPG (City)

15

9

15

15

MPG (Highway)

22

15

20

20

MPG (Combined)

18

11

17

17

Fuel Tank Capacity 

16.0 gallons

22.4 gallons

17.0 gallons

17.6 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)(in Miles)

240/352/288

201/336/246

255/340/289

264/352/299

Relatively speaking, the McLaren posts the highest fuel-economy figures of all the cars in the competition but remains short in the range due to the smaller fuel tank, which gives a decent MPG on the highway. The Aventador SVJ being the oldie it is, is the least economical but the V12’s screaming exhaust note makes up for that.

2019 Mclaren 720s Interior

8.0/10

The 2019 McLaren 720S is as a supercar should be. The doors open upwards and the seats are leather-wrapped. These bolstering on the seats is meant to stick the occupants’ butt to the seats while the driver goes crazy around some corners, or a long winding road. These seats have contrast stitching on them and look beautiful. The door panels are bare minimal as they have to open upwards, but still boast of leather and carbon fiber trim on the switches. 

The dashboard has nothing other than carbon fiber trim and the centre console has a vertical infotainment screen, which we’ll talk about in a bit, along with some controls and knobs around it. The traction control switches feel stripped out of a plane. 

Models

2019 McLaren 720S

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom) (inches)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

7.4

5.3

NA

4.5

Since the interior dimensions of none of the cars are public yet, discussing which one is more spacious is pointless. Just knowing that the Porsche has a bigger cabin than the rest gives an idea of the interior space it has. Talking of the cargo space on offer, the 720S has the most but seeing objectively, it isn’t sufficient for trips. Having said that, some of the interior features available on the 720S are:

  • Power-adjustable sports seats
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Full Alcantara simulated suede headliner
  • Front center armrest
  • Air filtration
  • Compass

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2019 McLaren 720S comes equipped with a 7-inch high definition touchscreen powered by McLaren’s IRIS infotainment system that houses controls for the climate control as well. This takes up the bottom part of the screen, leaving the rest for the other operations like navigation. The navigation system works flawlessly but does stutter sometimes. The other settings in the infotainment system include connectivity options, radio & media, phone, vehicle settings, and lighting. These options add a lot to the functionality to a car otherwise not made for being practical. 

The system comes fitted with a 4-speaker system as standard, along with AM/FM, media player, USB connectivity, Bluetooth telephony, AUX input, voice control for infotainment, 2 LCD monitors, and a regular amplifier fitted for the music. That being said, the most highlighting features of this system are:

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • 4-speaker system
  • Bluetooth
  • USB and AUX input
  • McLaren IRIS infotainment system
  • Amplifier

2019 Mclaren 720s Exterior

9.0/10

The front of the McLaren 720S has a couple of very prominent air intakes, which also have the headlight and the indicator baked into them. Apart from that, there are a couple of vents on the bumper as well, with the company’s logo on the hood. The frunk lid is rather stylish and has lines and creases to aid in the overall aerodynamics. On the side, all the vents and scoops are functional and aid in reducing the aerodynamic drag. The rearview mirror is door-mounted and the glass roof add another styling feature to the already eye-candy car. 

The rear end of the car is a news in itself with the monstrous exhaust pipes coming out of the centre, right between the two headlights - which are rather thin LED strips that go with the design well. The adaptive wing adds another styling + performance flair to the car, along with the rear diffusers. 

Models

2019 McLaren 720S

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Curb weight 

3,343 lbs

3,850 lbs

3,308 lbs

3,646 lbs

Length (inches)

178

188.1

181.3

178.5

Width (inches)

75.9

79.9

77.8

74.8

Height (inches)

47.0

44.7

47.5

51.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.2

4.5

NA

4.2

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

106.2

104.3

96.4

The Aventador has the most length and is also the widest but when it comes to the height, the roof is rather low which, on the other hand, also eats up into the headroom of the car. The 911, on the other hand, has loads of headroom and the shorter wheelbase helps around the corners as well due to the engine’s placement. The McLaren sits right in the middle but being mid-engined helps a lot in the corners and keeps the weight well-balanced. That being said, some of the highlighting exterior features are:

  • 19-inch alloys
  • Clearcoat paint
  • T-Bar composite 1st row sunroof
  • Carbon fiber power folding heated side mirrors
  • Light tinted glass
  • Rain detecting fixed interval wipers
  • Power spoiler
  • Projector beam LED Headlamps 
  • LED Brakelights
  • Laminated glass

2019 Mclaren 720s Safety

6.0/10

Being a supercar, the McLaren 720S is based on a light-weight platform which is meant to keep the weight down while not compromising on agility while negotiating the corners. With that, the 720S also comes equipped with all the necessary active and passive safety features on board but the driver-assistance features remain scarce. Some of the safety features onboard include:

  • Cruise control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) 
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Driveline Traction Control
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Restricted Driving Mode
  • Back-Up Camera

There are no crash-test results due to the low volume-high value nature of the McLaren 720S but seeing practically, the car is very safe as per track standards and have very superior chassis integrity incase of mishaps. That being said the safety features do make up for the absence of driver-aids on the car. 

2019 Mclaren 720s Competition

2019 Mclaren 720S Vs. 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 

The Aventador still remains the most visually menacing cars of them all and looks fiercer than the McLaren, on a very impressive note. That, combined with the exhaust note, makes the SVJ the perfect combination for someone who loves showing off and prefers a bit more symphony. The 720S is very agile, has better fuel economy, better cargo capacity, and a more comfortable cabin as compared to the Lamborghini while also clocking lower time in the quarter-mile.

2019 Mclaren 720S Vs. Ferrari 488 Pista 

Both the cars have similar engine configurations and very similar power and torque figures but the way the Ferrari is tuned, it takes clear win in the straight line. The 488 also possesses a more posh interior and is faster around the corner as well, by not a lot though. Both the cars offer similar fuel economy, with the McLaren taking the edge on highway range and also on the futuristic looks.

2019 Mclaren 720S Vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S 

The German accelerates like a missile! The launch is perfect and the PDK transmission is one of the most accurate gearboxes out there which is very well-known for blistering launches and crisp shifts. It is also roomier than the McLaren but doesn’t come close to its wow factor, and also to the highway range despite having two cylinders less. 

2019 Mclaren 720s Final Verdict

8.6/10

Our take is, if you have the money, then yes. The 2019 McLaren 720S is a perfect combination of what the rivals have to offer in terms of performance, looks, interior quality, and practicality. The 720S is blistering fast around corners and does a decent job in the city as well and when on the highway, it is at home with a very decent highway range and fuel-economy. The driver-aids are rather scarce but that is deliberate to increase driver engagement but apart from that, the 720S is loaded with all the safety tech expected from a car of this calibre, making it the most ideal offering in the segment. 

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