2020 Mclaren 720s

MSRP $299,000

Ranked #11 in Midsize Coupe

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2020 Mclaren 720s Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 5, 2021

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The 2020 Mclaren 720s showcases a new Carbon fiber chassis and also receives mechanical changes such as a larger engine and sensor-equipped suspension system. It is offered only in a single trim and is priced at $299,000. Hosting a 4.0L V8 engine, it is capable of generating 710hp. It further has a class-leading record for its 0-60 mph timing, clocking the same in 2.7 seconds flat.

2020 Mclaren 720s

With regard to the interiors, it accommodates two individuals and offers a significant amount of cargo space, measuring 12.7 cubic feet. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Mclaren 720s is way above average and for its performance, the gas mileage is actually stunning. With an extremely aerodynamic design for its exteriors, it gives tough competition to the 2020 Ferrari 812 superfast, the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, and the 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

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Pros

Mind-numbing acceleration

Compliant ride for everyday use

Superb handling

Cons

Firm brake pedal

Flat steering effort

Astronomical price

What's New?

New carbon fiber chassis (Mono cage 2)

The suspension gets improved sensors

The engine capacity is improved from 3.8 liter to 4.0 liter


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$299000

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

710 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

568 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

transmission

7 speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15.3/15 in.

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

2.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

10.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

10 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$299,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mclaren 720s in Aurora Blue, leather color
Aurora Blue, leather

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 Feature

9.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.5

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The 2020 McLaren 720s comes priced at $299,000. It however sees only a 4.0L V8 powerhead. The 2020 model year witnesses a new carbon fiber chassis, otherwise known as Mono cage 2. It also receives an improved suspension with sensors and the engine capacity moves from 3.8 liters to 4.0 liter. It delivers a 0-60 record of 2.7 seconds and is also an average performer in terms of fuel economy. This combination right here gives it a winning edge over its competitors such as the 2020 Ferrari 812 superfast, the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, and the 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

2020 Mclaren 720s coupe Front Three-quarter View
2020 Mclaren 720s coupe Rear Three-quarter View

7.0/10
Features

9.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Mclaren 720s Features

7.0/10

" Powered by a 710-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 paired to seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 720S boasts explosive acceleration." - MotorTrend

The 2020 McLaren 720 S Coupe is powered by a 4.0-liter turbocharged V6 powertrain which puts out 710 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque, priced at $29,000. The engine is mated to 7 speed SSG transmission. Built on the latest MonoCage II carbon fiber chassis and featuring McLaren's second-generation hydraulic suspension, the 720S features state-of-the-art technology. Optional features include a 360-degree camera, suspension lift kit, and track telemetry system with 3 cameras. Options include a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, a lift kit. Safety features include carbon-ceramic brakes with ABS, front and rear park sensors, and a 360-degree camera.

Trim

720 S Coupe

Price

$299,000

Features

4.0L V-8 Engine

Seamless Shift Gearbox 7-spd auto-shift man w/OD Transmission

 

710 @ 7,500 rpm Horsepower

 

568 @ 5,500 rpm Torque

 

Rear-wheel Drive type

 

ABS and driveline Traction control

 

1st row t-bar composite Sunroof

 

19" silver aluminum Wheels

 

Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic

 

SIRIUS AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

 

1st row LCD monitor

 

Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

 

Windshield wipers - rain sensing

 

Alcantara simulated suede Seat trim

 

Navigation system

 

Parking assist

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There are two options to choose from; luxury and performance and they get you personalized material for seats and other trims. The Luxury includes engine bay lighting, luxury leather interior, and electric, heated memory sports seats. The Performance trim mimics Luxury, but swaps leather for Alcantara and Nappa leather, loses the powered seats, and adds carbon fiber trim inside and out.If you are music fanatic then the optional sound system is made for you.

2020 Mclaren 720s Engine and Performance

9.5/10

"The wail of the McLaren 720S's 4.0-liter V8 is accompanied by relentless acceleration as its twin turbos hit full boost. Experience it once, and you quickly learn to respect the McLaren's throttle pedal. Conversely, the small-displacement V8 tends to lag, literally and figuratively, if engine RPM drop below 3,500." - kellybluebook

Engine specs of the 2020 McLaren 720s

Codenamed as M840T the heart of this monstrosity is a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 power plant that puts out 720 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, priced at $299,000. There is a significant increase in power from the previous iteration named 650 S which is due to an increase in displacement from 3.8 liters to 4.0 liters. It is exactly a 70-horsepower and 68-pound-foot increase over the 650S and a 44-horsepower and 53-pound-foot more than the 675 LT. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.

2020 McLaren 720S

The dual-clutch transmission is equipped with paddle shifters and 40 percent of the engine components are newly developed. The shifts are noticeably quicker and the gearbox features Inertia push which helps in instantaneous acceleration by activating the clutch for the next gear.

Models

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

MSRP

$299,000

$391,000

$311,100

$517,770

Engine

4.0L V8

6.5L V12

5.2L V12

6.5L V12

Transmission

7 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

8 Speed Automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower (hp@RPM)

710 hp @7500 RPM

788 hp@8500 RPM

715hp@6500 RPM

759 hp @8500 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

568 ft-lbs @5500 RPM

529 ft-lbs@7000 RPM

663lbs.-ft.@ 1800 RPM

531 ft-lb @6750 RPM

At this price point, horsepower doesn't matter, what does matter is how to transfer all of the ponies to the wheels. Every other rival has a bigger engine but the McLaren 720 S matches them in every aspect be it acceleration or top speed.

Acceleration of the 2020 McLaren 720s

According to Mclaren the 720 hp from this V8 is good for taking you from 0 to 60 in just 2.7 seconds. It is nearly as quick as the P1. Its lighter curb weight and state-of-the-art chassis help this achieve this mark. The McLaren 720 S came with a new lap record at the Nurburgring and covers the quarter-mile mark under 10 seconds which you can say is supercar territory.

Models

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

0-60 MPH

2.7 sec

2.7 sec

3.2 sec

2.6 sec

Quarter mile

10.1 sec

10.2 sec

N/A

10.3 sec

Engine

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

6.5L Naturally Aspirated 65 Degree V12

5.2L Naturally Aspirated V12

6.5L Naturally Aspirated 60 Degree V12

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 emissions at 15Kmi/Year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Under 10 second's quarter-mile puts the McLaren, Ferrari, and SVJ almost a second ahead of Aston Martin. The Mclaren 720 S keeps pulling as if it's trying to outrun comparisons with any other car.

Ride and Handling of the 2020 McLaren 720s

The F1-derived powertrain in the Mclaren 720 S with electronically actuated twin-scroll turbochargers provides lightning-fast power delivery with track-oriented handling. The Carbon mono cage is super light which is inspired from the P1 and completely made out of carbon fiber also helps in tremendous weight reduction. The Mclaren 720 delivers the ride quality of a Mercedes S class and uses electro-hydraulic steering which works astonishingly well with tactility and precision. The 720 S uses a double-wishbone in the front and coil overs in the front, there is also a rear Z-bar heave spring to accommodate the massive downforce. It also uses the company's Proactive Chassis Control which connects the left and right damper with hydraulic hoses and accumulators to minimize body roll on corners.

2020 Mclaren 720s

The McLaren 720s features three drive modes which are Comfort, Sport, and track. The comfort mode offers a compliant ride but flick to Track or Sports mode and the720 S comes to life. In the normal mode (comfort) the flat side of the instrument cluster faces you but switching to track mode it turns 90 degrees and you will only see important things which as rev counter and gear position.

Braking of the 2020 McLaren 720s

The Mclaren 720 S is equipped with huge carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. The brakes are finished in gloss black with silver McLaren text as standard. They are enough to stop you in an emergency either on the road and track. The brake steer applies a braking force to the inside wheels for agility. Pedal feel is hard initially but softens up gradually, the standard Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires aren't all-terrain and hence, do not provide much grip on wet roads. The integrated spoiler also tips up and works as an air brake.

Models

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Brake Front (in.)

15.6

16.14

15.3

15.8

Brake Rear (in.)

14.1

14.17

15

15.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3139

3593

2917

3362

60-0 MPH (ft.)

101.7

N/A

97

96

The McLaren is the easiest to modulate because of its lower curb weight while all the cars stop at similar distances in an emergency. Equipped with brakes that measure 15.6 inches for the front wheels and 14.1 inches for the rear wheels, the 2020 Mclaren 720 has come to a standstill from 60 mph to 101.7 feet. The competitors are slightly faster as they take a couple of feet lesser. The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera does the same in 97 feet while the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is one foot shorter, at 96 feet.

2020 Mclaren 720s Fuel Economy

5.0/10

"We estimate the mid-engine machine would achieve between 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined." - Car and Driver

Supercars are not meant for fuel-efficiency. Surprisingly the McLaren 720 s doesn't guzzle gas like a track monster and is able to return 22 mpg on the highway. The fuel economy ratings are pretty good for this segment. It will not be the cheaper car to drive but earning 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg combined makes the best of both worlds.

Models

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

MPG (city)

15

12

14

8

MPG (highway)

22

16

22

14

MPG (combined)

18

13

17

10

The Mclaren 720 S wins the fuel economy war followed by the Aston Martin Superleggera. The Ferrari 812 superfast doesn't deliver a pretty good number and get ready for long monthly fuel bills with the Aventador SVJ.

2020 Mclaren 720s Interior

8.0/10

"The core of every 720S is its carbon-fiber tub that helps limit weight and ensure rigidity, all while protecting passengers. Contained within this lightweight structure is a two-seat cabin that caters to the driver. While its interior design is less flashy than rivals from Ferrari and Lamborghini, the aesthetic is pleasing, and outward visibility is excellent"- Carandriver

Seating and Comfort of the 2020 McLaren 720s

The inside of the 720 S is an ode to carbon fiber, the elegant interior architecture features the finest hand-stitched leather, satin-chrome highlights, and race-bred center console. The interior follows McLaren's design philosophy of "Everything for a reason" and every curve has its purpose. The portrait-styled infotainment screen is focused on drivers with transmission control stacked over each other. Getting in and out of the car will be ridiculously easy with dihedral doors as compared to other McLaren's.

2020 Mclaren 720s interior

The seat cushions are firm with lumbar adjustment, they provide a great level of support for thighs and back. Although supportive, they are not meant for long rides as non-perforated seats don't breathe well. Seats can accommodate a wide variety of individuals as the steering tilts and telescopes. The mid-engine is mounted so low that ensures exceptional driving dynamics and thin pillars help in great outward visibility.

Models

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

-

When it comes to craftsmanship, the Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Lamborghini offer the best in terms of fit and finish. The 812 superfast is has a more classic configuration while Lamborghini's cockpit is made like a jetfighter with a slanting dashboard and aggressively styled dashboard. The interior of the Superleggera is traditional Aston Martin with a thick transmission tunnel but with two seats more in the rear which none of the rivals have. None of them feels as advanced and fresh as the McLaren "organic" design.

Infotainment System of the 2020 McLaren 720s

A seven-inch touchscreen offers intuitive control over the McLaren IRIS infotainment system. Standard specification includes:

  • MIS (McLaren Infotainment System) 7" high-resolution touch screen monitor
  • On-board memory
  • McLaren 4-speaker audio system
  • Audio media player
  • AM/FM & DAB radio
  • Bluetooth telephony
  • USB connectivity x2
  • Voice control for infotainment

Cargo Capacity of the 2020 McLaren 720s

The 720 Ss nose-mounted boot is a useful size and there's a shelf for soft bags and coats behind the seats, so you could easily find room for a long weekend's baggage for two.

Models

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Cargo Volume (ft.3)(Front/Rear)

12.7

-

9

-

We do not have complete information regarding the cargo space offered by all the cars in considerations. However, of the information that we have, the 2020 Mclaren 720 s offers the largest cargo room that measures 12.7 cubic feet. The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera ranks second according to our records with an offering of 9 cubic feet as its cargo room.

2020 Mclaren 720s Exterior

9.0/10

"The 720S's stunning body is made possible by the extensive use of high-strength, lightweight carbon-fiber composite. It's used to form the passenger cell, as well as the thin A-pillars so they can support the scissor-style doors." -Kelly Blue Book

Dimension and Weight of the 2020 McLaren 720s

Highly inspired from the 650 S, the 720 S fuses the thrill of a supercar in stunning exterior design for optimum aerodynamic efficiency. Beautiful shrink-wrapped aluminum metal panels and teardrop-shaped cockpit makes up for the lowest drag resistance. The low stance with contoured nose and enlarged air takes with LED headlights shaped like McLaren's speed mark depicts dynamism. McLaren's signature dihedral doors swing open to give you an effortless entry into the cabin. The "Double-Skin" doors channel air into the radiator situated in the rear fender.

2020 Mclaren 720S

Starting from the front fender there is a slot at the edge of the door to clear the turbulence coming from the front wheel. The teardrop shape ends into pair of flying buttresses which link the flowing roof for an incredibly sporty look. A channel of neatly designed air ducts on the rear fenders helps to cool off the engine which is visible under the lightweight mesh. Shaped like Mclaren's speed mark slimline light blade LED taillights to emphasize the stretch of the mesh grille. Ditching the trapezoidal exhaust the 720 S features round tailpipes on either side of the McLaren logo. At last, there is a large wing that neatly integrates into the deck lid and lifts up to create downforce. The high-performance rear diffuser is definitely inspired by track cars.

Models

2020 McLaren 720S

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3139

3593

2917

3362

Length(in)

178.9

183.4

185

194.6

Width(in)

85.1

77.6

77

82.5

Height(in)

47.1

50.2

50.4

44.72

Ground clearance (in)

4.2

4.72

3.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

107.1

110.4

106.2

The classic Ferrari has all that it needs to look like artwork and it will presumably age pleasantly, however, park it close to the McLaren 720S and it will most likely look somewhat dull. The Aventador SVJ is very aggressive but the dramatic lines in the 720 S look more elegant. The Aston Martin is another British classic but doesn't look as good as the 720 S. The most interesting thing is the 720 S is the current lightweight champion.

Exterior Features of the 2020 McLaren 720s

  • Twin-hinged Dihedral Doors
  • Soft-close doors Glass C-pillars
  • Fixed rear glass rear luggage area accessible by folding seats
  • Active rear spoiler with air brake and automatic Drag Reduction System (DRS)
  • Electrically folding heated door mirrors (with a dip in reverse functionality)
  • Electronic external door release buttons (both sides)
  • Dark Palladium front splitter
  • Front air intakes
  • Rear aerobridge
  • Rear bumper lower
  • Diffuser
  • Body-color bonnet, fenders, and bumpers
  • Gloss Black upper canopy
  • Satin Graphite exterior window surrounds
  • Body-color door mirror casings and door mirror arms
  • Sandblasted silver exhaust finisher

2020 Mclaren 720s Safety

6.0/10

"The 720S does not offer any traditional driver-assistance technology but can be equipped with several useful options that help keep it free of dents and scratches." - Car and Driver

Safety Rating of the 2020 McLaren 720s

The Federal authorities such as NHTSA and the IIHS, have not rated or tested the 2020 Mclaren 720s for its safety measures. This is a common phenomenon that can be seen around luxury vehicles or ones that are extremely expensive. However, McLaren has a reputation and standard to abide by, this helps its audience in trusting its safety, while there are historical records to go by as well.

Safety Features of the 2020 McLaren 720s

The Mclaren 720 S Coupe comes with top-notch safety features that demonstrate the seriousness of the safety of the passengers. To drop the chances of getting into a mishap on the road, numerous security features are incorporated in the 720 including 4-wheel anti-lock braking system, stability control, and parking sensors at both rear and front.

2020 Mclaren 720s

Furthermore, in case of a collision, the 720 s minimizes the chances of its passengers getting hurt by employing front, knee, and side curtain airbags. Additionally, the supercar also features a security system to tackle a situation of intrusion. An ignition disable device is part of the aforesaid security system, which disables the engine's ignition if a duplicate car key is detected.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Door-Mounted Side Airbags

2020 Mclaren 720s Competition

6.0/10

2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast vs the 2020 McLaren 720s

The 2020 Ferrari 812 superfast is priced at $391,000. Significantly costlier than the Mclaren 720 s, though it does come with a 6.5L V12 engine that turns out a class-leading 788 HP. Surprisingly, the modest 4.0-liter engine of the Mclaren performs equally well in terms of acceleration when compared with the Ferrari. In terms of value for money and considering the fuel economy figures we would recommend you go ahead with the Mclaren itself as it also has a better cargo offering to its name.

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2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ vs the 2020 McLaren 720s

The Mclaren 720 is a track-bred racecar with a twin-turbocharged V6 powertrain. It follows the organic design language of Mclaren inside out. The driving dynamics are better than Lamborghini and less curb weight makes it agile around corners. The car is also extremely visually appealing but it falls just behind the new age look of the 720 s. When it comes to interiors, the quality is unmatched with clutter-free spaces that allow you to focus on the driving pleasures of the vehicle. All in all, the 720 s is a much finer track tool than the Aventador but the Lambo offers a unique experience of the naturally aspirated motor that a turbo car can never offer.

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs the 2020 McLaren 720s

The Aston Martin DBS follows a different approach, it tries to blend in the luxury of a sedan and a speed of a supercar together. it gives you a 6.0L V-12 which generates a respectable horsepower. The top speed of this luxury sports car is 205MPH. It's not as powerful as some other cars in this competition here and isn't quite as fast either but the engine is still amazing and the sound from that V12 engine is absolutely brilliant. It's not as brutal but is quite understated and subtle about its performance. The Aventador and the DBS have very different characters. So it is up to you which car fits your need, if you want raw speed then Aventador LP-750-4 SV is the car for you. If you want a fast car that feels luxurious and doesn't miss out on creature comforts then the Aston Martin DBS is the one for you.

2020 Aston Martin DBS

 

2020 Mclaren 720s Final Verdict

The Mclaren 720 S is a second slower than the mighty P1 and this is a supercar bargain wrapped in carbon fiber and aluminum. The power from the turbocharged engine and agility of the chassis is grin-inducing. With active aerodynamics, it sticks to the ground like no other car. With the drive experience, it offers it is completely worth the $299,000 it asks for, also do consider its decent gas mileage and safety offering.

2020 McLaren 720s

 


2020 McLaren 720S FAQs

What are the engine specs of the 2020 McLaren 720s?

The 2020 McLaren 720s comes with a 4.0L V8, mated to a 7-speed transmission.

What is the top speed of the 2020 McLaren 720s?

The 2020 McLaren 720s has a top speed of 212 mph.

At what price is the 2020 McLaren 720s offered?

The 2020 McLaren 720s is offered at $29,000.

What is the 0-60 MPH record of the 2020 McLaren 720s?

The 2020 McLaren 720s goes from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.

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