2022 Mclaren 720s

MSRP $305,000 Est.

Ranked #4 in Coupe

7.4

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2022 Mclaren 720s Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Following big announcements from the top brass at McLaren, the high-performance car manufacturer has been planning a paradigm shift of its production and vehicle lineup into one full of hybrids. By 2025, they plan on turning the full range of their lineup into hybrid cars, capable of not only EV mode running on a race track, but with advanced cyber-security over-the-air update capabilities. 

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Pros

Breakneck performance and 212 mph top speed

Fluid gearbox for real motorsport driving feels

Can actually be factored into daily use

Cons

Sensitive brake pedal

Interior room is wasted in some areas of the car

Not exactly efficient in any way 

What's New?

Carryover from 2021

No changes to the current setup of the 2021 McLaren 720S


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$305000

bodystyle

dr Coupe

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

710 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

568 lbs.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$305,000 Est. onwards

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


This doesn’t bode well for the semi old school 720s. The fire-breathing supercar sports a carbon fiber monocoque chassis housing a big ol’ V8, bolstered by the use of not one, but two turbochargers. The supercar also boasts a transmission borrowed from their F1 car and adapted to road conditions, as the McLaren 720S goes up against reputed competition which includes the Ferrari 812 Superfast, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

2022 Mclaren 720s Coupe front view
2022 Mclaren 720s Coupe rear view

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Mclaren 720s Features

The 720S is described as a viable daily driving supercar for its adaptable hydraulic suspension that ensures performance on the track and comfort on the roads. Despite the considerations, buyers of a McLaren will range from people looking for a showpiece, to someone hitting the track almost every weekday. These extremes require McLaren to sell the 720S in a manner helpful to everybody, hence the three trims: Base, Luxury, and Performance. Unfortunately with this setup, one must choose between Luxury and Performance if they want the best McLaren has to offer,

Trims

Base

Luxury

Performance

MSRP

$307,000

$314,630

$314,630

Key Features

Alcantara & Nappa leather interior

In addition to/ replacing Base features

In addition to/ replacing Luxury features

 

Dihedral doors

Heated and power-adjustable seats

Carbon fiber exterior trim

 

4-speaker audio system

Reclining driver and passenger seats

Engine bay lighting

 

Standard ESC and traction control

Interior ambient lighting

Alcantara upholstery


 

We Recommend

The McLaren 720S is the quickest way to get behind the wheel of a car that feels like it's straight out of Formula 1. With the closely meshed gears and impressive engine, it is quite the experience to drive one around a track. Nevertheless, since McLaren believes in its daily driving capabilities, you would be better off with the Luxury trim, for the everyday convenience features that make your purchase seem more worth it.

Release Date 

Not much has been announced as to the update to the 720S, in light of the new McLaren Artura being unveiled this year. We expect the 720S to be released for production by the end of 2021, and only after the Artura.

2022 Mclaren 720s Engine and Performance

The seamless performance provided by the 2022 McLaren 720S is a product of technology that is fully integrated into the powertrain and its functioning. The 710 horsepower output comes as a result of two twin-scroll turbochargers running in tandem with the 4.0L V8 motor. Both these turbochargers are optimized for performance as and when required, so they feature electrical actuation that allows them to control the amount of boost they spool and release at a moment’s notice. Churning out 568 lb-ft of torque, the engine in the 720S is one of McLaren’s best feats yet. 

2022 Mclaren 720s Coupe in action

Models

2022 McLaren 720S*

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

MSRP

$307,000

$526,443

$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 (hp @ rpm)

710hp @ 7250 rpm

759hp @ 8400 rpm

789hp @ 8900 rpm

715hp @6500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

568lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

530lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

718lb-ft @ 7000 rpm

664hp @ 5000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

2.9

2.8

2.7

3.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

10.3

N/A

10.5

N/A

Top Speed (mph)

212

217

211

211

*expected

In flashy, supercar territory, prices don’t make the same differences that they do in lower, more commercial segments. Here we see a $300k McLaren go up against a $550k Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and hold its ground. Displacing 2.5 liters of gas less than the Lambo, the 720S produces less horsepower too, although the torque provided by its twin-turbo setup is more than that of the Aventador SVJ’s naturally aspirated petrol mill. 

Surprisingly enough, the Ferrari 812 produces plenty of torque despite the lack of forced induction, while creating 30 more horsepower than the Lamborghini. Aston Martin disappoints with its twin-turbo setup on a larger V12, which produces just a little more power and torque than the McLaren 720S.

2022 Mclaren 720s Fuel Economy

8.0/10

High displacement engines with more than eight cylinders that push north of 700 horsepower aren’t exactly tuned for any form of efficiency. The only time they are expected to return a few miles per gallon is when you’re looking at breaking a lap time record with a quarter-filled fuel tank. The forced induction helps the McLaren 720S somewhat, and a combined mpg figure of 18 is commendable.

Models

2022 McLaren 720S*

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

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, in Miles)

285/418/342

202/337/247

291/388/315

287/451/348

*expected

The 2022 McLaren 720S is expected to return 15 miles per gallon in the city, and 22 miles per gallon out on the highways. These figures eclipse the competition, the worst of which is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, offering a combined 10 miles per gallon, which can go as low as 8 mpg in the city. The Ferrari 812 Superfast offers a highly refined engine that can offer whatever you ask of it, and that includes some semblance of fuel economy. 

2022 Mclaren 720s Interior

6.0/10

McLaren follows a very driver-centric layout in the interior of the 720S. The cabin is designed with luxury in mind, but with weight reduction at the forefront, leading to a minimalist design with plenty of plushness in its seats. The seats aren’t comfort-over-positioning, but they allow for a good balance between spirited and relaxed driving. 

2022 Mclaren 720s Coupe front seats

The uncomplicated design of the dashboard ensures that the majority of your focus goes into the road ahead, while the functions are very easy to use but not necessarily so when in motion. The use of machined aluminum and exquisite leather upholstery makes the cabin of the 720S a really nice place to be. 

Models

2022 McLaren 720S*

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

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

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

NA

NA

NA

NA

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

5.29

4.9

18

9

The interior dimensions of all four vehicles on the list are unknown, but the lack of rear seats in three of them suggests a highly customizable seating position due to only one row of seating being present. As for cargo space, the 812 Superfast has a hatchback body style that immensely raises its practicality, and 18 cubic feet of storage space is simply superb for a supercar. 

2022 Mclaren 720s Coupe cockpit area

To put it into perspective, the mid-engined 720S can only offer 5.29 cu-ft. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera offers a decent 9 cubic feet of cargo room, as well as the second row of seating which can be used as additional storage because who wants to seat four in their supercar? Standout interior features include:

  • Ambient Lighting - interior
  • Ambient Lighting - Engine Bay
  • McLaren Driver Interface (MDI)
  • Switchable display modes

How intuitive is the infotainment in the 2022 McLaren 720S?

At first glance, the McLaren 720S simply disappoints with its infotainment specs. A 7” touchscreen and 4-speaker system aren’t exactly the best-sounding setups and don’t we know it. However, closer inspection lets you know that the system is actually pretty handy, and the 4-speaker system puts out great audio at various frequency ranges while keeping tabs on the total weight of the car. 

The 7” high-resolution central infotainment screen displays all the information you’d like when doing a lap run. While there are basic connectivity features like Bluetooth, there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which is surprising for it wouldn’t have added any weight to the car. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • 7” high-resolution display
  • 4-speaker audio system
  • On-board memory system

2022 Mclaren 720s Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior of the McLaren 720S keeps in mind exactly what a supercar owner would want with a car like this. It does feature a head-turning design, but also a sense of being incognito with its plain colors and mature fascia. Apart from being stylish, the curves on the McLaren 720S are built to achieve aerodynamic precision. The rest of the car is majorly McLaren, with dihedral doors that simply ooze style.

2022 Mclaren 720s Coupe 

Models

2022 McLaren 720S*

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Curb Weight (lbs)

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

The low-slung silhouette of the supercar is maintained by the McLaren 720S and all its rivals. None of the four stand much taller than 50 inches and have ground clearances that might as well not be there. The Aventador is the longest of the lot, and arguably the most flashy car being compared. It is also the widest and shortest, which explains the hassle of getting into one. The 3.5” of ground clearance in the Aston Martin seems suspect, as we doubt you’ll make it over a pothole if you come across one. Standout exterior features of the 2022 McLaren 720S include:

  • Dihedral doors
  • Aerodynamically optimized body shape
  • Great visibility as a result of intelligent design

2022 Mclaren 720s Safety

7.0/10

There isn’t much information regarding the crash test results or safety inspections pertaining to the 720S. It is a common notion that a car capable of 212 miles an hour cannot keep occupants safe at those speeds, and chooses to forgo some safety features for increased performance. McLaren does kit out the 720S with a list of safety features, which not only mitigate collisions but electronically keep the car in check in the event of lost traction or otherwise. These features include:

  • Brake assist technology
  • Dual-stage driver and passenger airbags
  • Door and knee airbags for both occupants
  • Variable Drift Control
  • Proactive chassis control II
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Auto-leveling headlights
  • Hill-start assist

2022 Mclaren 720s Competition

6.0/10

2022 McLaren 720S vs 2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

The Lamborghini Aventador is considered one of the most impractical supercars to date. Its design boats little engineering when it comes to the human aspect, as ingress and egress is almost as tough as figuring out its erratic handling The snappy quick AWD system does most of its cornering for you, and hence becomes a little unpredictable at times, which is not a great thing to experience when driving a supercar.

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

In comparison to the 720S, the Aventador is a lot more erratic. Where McLaren offers customers a chance to play around and drift, the Aventador takes away that option entirely with its AWD system. With regards to extracting serious performance, despite the Lamborghini and its immense capabilities, it would be much easier to pull everything you can out of a McLaren 720S, and the transmission makes things that much more fun. 

2022 McLaren 720S vs 2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

The 812 Superfast was a confusing offering from the stables of Ferrari. Considering the characteristics of Ferrari, and their affinity for achieving high speeds, it was almost shocking to see a hatchback come off their assembly line. Any doubts were quickly waived by the news of its beastly engine, one of great power and sound. Belting out 789 horsepower, it is one of the most powerful NASP engines built, pulling out more than 100 horsepower per liter of fuel displaced. 

2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast

The McLaren 720S is supposedly a daily driveable option from the British auto-marque, but we don’t believe the supercar can compete with the practical design of the 812 Superfast. Moreover, we don’t see much reason for picking the 720S over the groundbreaking Ferrari, as the difference in price isn’t all that much either. 

2022 McLaren 720S vs 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is priced perfectly, offering better specs on paper at a cost that isn’t that much higher than that of the McLaren 720S. Nevertheless, the ingenuity in the design of the 720S manages to knock the DBS off its pedestal, and further inspection into the two cars shows you just how much more capable the McLaren 720S is when it comes to a race track. Nevertheless, in terms of being a daily driver, Aston Martin offers more luxury and a higher brand value compared to McLaren.

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

 

2022 Mclaren 720s Final Verdict

The world of supercars is really affected by the environment around them. When we say that, we mean you wouldn’t want to pull up to track day with four of your friends driving the same cars. If no one in your group has bought the 720S yet, we recommend you snap it up and make it a part of your character, as it is a cost-effective supercar that is not only easy to live with but can stand its ground against competitors of higher prices and seemingly higher capabilities. 

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