McLaren 750S - A mix of the Senna and P1

By Nida A 4/30/2023
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McLaren 750S - Flying saucer 2.0

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Borrowing design elements from the 720S which is known in some circles as the 'flying saucer' due to its futuristic look, McLaren's new 750S is a truly remarkable machine. The British manufacturer bills it as their lightest and most powerful series-production vehicle yet, and this rear-wheel drive supercar can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 206 mph.

Featuring an eclectic mix of technologies derived from the McLaren Senna and P1, the 750S promises a driving experience like no other. It is available in both coupe and convertible configurations to suit any owner's taste.

Engine and performance

While McLaren bases the 750S on the M840T twin-turbocharged 4.0 L V8 engine in the 720S, it produces more power and torque than its predecessor thanks to increased boost pressure within the engine's twin-scroll turbochargers. A second high-flow fuel pump allows fuel flow pressure to be 'topped up' during higher demand periods, improving responsiveness and performance. McLaren's bespoke engine mount tuning provides immersive audio and tactile feedback, allowing drivers to get even closer to this one-of-a-kind machine.

McLaren 750S - Flying saucer 2.0

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The 750S' 7-speed sequential-shift transmission has a shorter final drive ratio, allowing both coupe and convertible models to accelerate quicker than ever. The pinion and crown wheel within the differential are manufactured from a high-performance nickel chromoly alloy used in Formula 1, highlighting McLaren's commitment to engineering at the highest level. A 'limit downshift' transmission function protects the engine by preventing accidental over-revving – ensuring peace of mind, whether on track or on the road.

When it comes to performance, every gram counts, so it is no surprise that McLaren has emphasized weight reduction with their latest car. The 750S uses the same lightweight pistons as those in the 765LT to reduce inertia mass, while the new stainless steel central-exit exhaust system is 2.2 kg lighter than the one previously used in the 720S.

McLaren 750S - Flying saucer 2.0

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Exterior design

Nowhere is McLaren's "form follows function" design philosophy more evident in the 750S, where the manufacturer has engineered the aluminum, carbon fiber, and composite bodywork to incorporate aerodynamic features that optimize balance. The 750S' innovative front nose, which is lower than that of the 720S, features two 'eye socket' intakes that include LED headlights – minimizing drag, improving cooling, and illuminating the road ahead, all at the same time. With further intakes embedded within the doors and rear sills, a new deck, bumper, and mesh grille on the rear provide extra cooling performance to the 750S' enhanced M840T engine.

An all-new carbon fiber active rear wing – 20% larger and 1.6 kg lighter than the 720S' wing – can deploy in less than half a second to increase downforce and improve braking stability. Located above the central-exit exhaust, McLaren has raised it 60mm (about 2.36 in) higher than 750S' predecessor to allow the engine bay to draw more hot air out of the engine bay. A center cut-out preserves rear visibility and protects the wing from high temperatures from the exhaust after track days. The wing operates in three positions, one of which – Driver Downforce – can be engaged by pushing the Aero button in the cabin.

McLaren 750S - Flying saucer 2.0

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Exclusive to the 750S Spider is a rollover protection system, a carbon fiber rear-upper structure, and a retractable hard top that can deploy in under 11 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. The lack of a fixed roof necessitates a different gas strut position and door hinge system for the coupe, evident in the Spider's longer front wing, shorter doors, and frameless windows. Despite these minor changes, it's safe to say that the Spider retains the elegant look and feel of the 750S coupe.

McLaren's standard exterior paint finishes are available alongside a range of Elite colors. Owners wishing to make their car particularly unique can work with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to create their own personal color scheme. It's impossible to turn such a highly customizable car down, not least one with the pure performance of the 750S.

Interior design

Driver-focused design is the name of the game in the 750S. New instrument displays appear on the steering column, with Powertrain and Handling mode selectors mounted on either side. Drivers can save and recall their favorite settings at a moment's notice, thanks to the all-new McLaren Control Launcher. There's also a new Central Information Screen featuring improved graphics, although McLaren's infotainment offering still remains behind competitors in the luxury car field.

McLaren 750S - Flying saucer 2.0

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Alongside customizable ambient lighting and a bespoke Bowers & Wilkins audio system, McLaren offers a range of interior design options to suit every driver's taste: Alcantara and Nappa leather trims are available, as are numerous contrast stitching options and interior colorways. Drivers keen on taking their 750S to the track can also opt for super-lightweight carbon fiber racing seats for even more performance.

The 750S is available to order now from McLaren retailers. Both coupe and convertible models come with a three-year warranty as standard, with a three-year scheduled maintenance plan. With a range of options to suit every driver's taste, investing in this machine is quite simply a no-brainer.


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