According to a new report, the last McLaren 720S supercar has been built – and the next-generation model could be two years away
production of McLaren 720S supercar According to reports from overseas, a new model could be presented within the next two years.
Automotive News Reported production of the track-focused version of the 720S, the 765LT, has also come to an end in coupe form and is being “wound off” in convertible guise.
McLaren President for Americas Nicolas Brown said Automotive News a replacement for the 720S is in development – and should be due within the next 18 months to two years.
“We didn’t talk about that [next-generation] vehicle, but of course the customers see that: ‘Okay, you can’t order a 720 anymore.’ You realize that production is ending. So when you put two and two together, something comes up,” said Mr. Brown Automotive News.
“They assume it will be a refinement [the] 720[S]. They understand that this is not an all-new, next-generation, down-to-earth vehicle. They started making deposits with merchants, although we didn’t say anything.”
Mr Brown told the publication that the new car – which is yet to be spied and has not yet been confirmed for launch by McLaren’s UK headquarters – “is sold out well into 2024 without having spoken of it”.
A McLaren Australia representative said the surprise end of production applied to all global markets – including Australia.
Few details are known about the 720S replacement, but it is expected to follow the lead of the smaller, twin-turbo V6-powered Artura in introducing hybrid powertrains.
The outgoing 720S and 765LT are powered by 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engines that develop up to 563kW without hybrid assistance – while the Artura introduces a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that, with the help of its hybrid system 500 kW claimed.
It’s not clear which engine McLaren would use for the 720S successor – an evolution of the 4.0-litre V8, an all-new V8 or an improved version of the Artura V6.
However, Mr Brown’s reference to the new car as an evolution of its predecessor suggests the current V8 engine will be upgraded – possibly complemented by a hybrid system borrowed from the Speedtail, which uses the same carbon fiber chassis.
The name too is given a shake for the next-generation model, as if the Artura were a guide, the alphanumeric designations of previous McLarens, including the 720S, being abandoned in favor of ‘real’ names.
US website AutoBuzz Revealed in 2021, the automaker has trademarked the Solus, Aeron and Aonic names – the first of which was applied to a V10 track-only supercar last year, but the other two are yet to be used in a McLaren vehicle.
McLaren has also confirmed that the “Sports Series” and “Super Series” designations it previously used for its supercars – the Artura predecessor, the 570S and 720S respectively – will be phased out in favor of a generic “Supercars” category to do so include the Artura and the 720S replacement.
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