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Flagship Huracan Not Performante Enough For The McLaren 720S 15
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Videos, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, video on 11 15th, 2017


The Lamborghini Huracan is without a doubt one of the most exciting supercars of 2017, and while it doesn’t produce as much power as the McLaren 720S, seeing it trying to keep up with its rival in a series of standing and rolling start drag races is quite enlightening.

Sure, on the track, the Performante is formidable, having set a Nurburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 52 seconds. It also has 640 PS and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque, going to all four wheels.

In other words, it’s not exactly helpless against the 720S, especially if the latter doesn’t use launch control and the two cars accelerate from a standing start.

Of course, once the McLaren gets some traction, it catches up and blows past just about anything you can think of, so longer distances definitely favor the 720S.

As for the rolling starts, it wasn’t even close, and it’s not like the Performante didn’t have enough opportunities against the 720S. We’re talking four races in total, all of them pointing us towards an easy, straightforward conclusion.

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McLaren To Debut Its Most Extreme Road Car Yet On December 10 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dubai Motor Show, mclaren, McLaren Ultimate Series, Reports on 11 14th, 2017


The slow reveal of what promises to be McLaren’s most extreme supercar yet continues with the release of another teaser image and a firm launch date.

At the Dubai Motor Show this week, the British supercar manufacturer announced that the new model will be revealed online just past midnight (UK time) on December 10 – now less than a month away.

Following the first image (ostensibly showing the tailpipes) released upon the model’s initial announcement, today’s teaser provides a glimpse at what would appear to be its taillight – a thin red strip of LEDs – as well as some vents. The proliferation of outlets we’ve seen thus far would seem to suggest that the new hypercar will be covered in louvers and ventilation to keep everything running at optimal temperature.

The next model in McLaren’s Ultimate Series will follow the discontinued P1 (and P1 GTR) and predate the launch of the project referred to this point as BP23. The more touring-focused model is slated to revive the McLaren F1’s iconic 1+2 cabin layout, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this one adopt a similar central seating position as well. Nor will we be surprised to see this model adopt a more powerful version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (along with other components) found in the 720S, possibly with a hybrid assist.

“With daily usability sacrificed to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit, the new Ultimate Series car will be the ultimate track-concentrated McLaren,” says the manufacturer, proclaiming that this is being designed “as the most extreme road-legal McLaren ever.”

At this rate, we can expect another teaser or two to follow before the new model’s reveal on December 10, after which it will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Watch this space for more.

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This McLaren 720S Will Cost You Just $7,440 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mclaren, McLaren 720S, Scale Models on 11 14th, 2017


Interested in putting a new McLaren 720S in your driveway? It’ll cost you a good $300k – more if you go for some MSO options. But this one costs just $7,440.

So what gives? This isn’t exactly a full-size automobile, it’s a scale model. However, it’s not a tiny 1:43 or 1:18 car that your average enthusiast might put on the shelf.

No, this is one is in 1:8 scale, measuring nearly two feet long. It’s the latest release from luxury model manufacturer Amalgam, which has also done scale replicas of other McLaren designs like the P1 and Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, among others.

Amalgam, for what it’s worth, is owned by the same Motorsport Network over which McLaren’s executive director Zak Brown once presided.

Now, $7,440 might strike you as a lot to pay for a model car, even though it’s a McLaren. Either way, that sticker price is just the starting point: Amalgam will make one in any combination of exterior paint, wheel style, and brake caliper color you want for $8,640, while fully customize the exterior and interior for $9,840.

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This McLaren 720S Will Cost You Just $7,440 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mclaren, McLaren 720S, Scale Models on 11 14th, 2017


Interested in putting a new McLaren 720S in your driveway? It’ll cost you a good $300k – more if you go for some MSO options. But this one costs just $7,440.

So what gives? This isn’t exactly a full-size automobile, it’s a scale model. However, it’s not a tiny 1:43 or 1:18 car that your average enthusiast might put on the shelf.

No, this is one is in 1:8 scale, measuring nearly two feet long. It’s the latest release from luxury model manufacturer Amalgam, which has also done scale replicas of other McLaren designs like the P1 and Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, among others.

Amalgam, for what it’s worth, is owned by the same Motorsport Network over which McLaren’s executive director Zak Brown once presided.

Now, $7,440 might strike you as a lot to pay for a model car, even though it’s a McLaren. Either way, that sticker price is just the starting point: Amalgam will make one in any combination of exterior paint, wheel style, and brake caliper color you want for $8,640, while fully customize the exterior and interior for $9,840.

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McLaren’s Bringing This Custom Black & Gold 720S To Dubai 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dubai Motor Show, mclaren, McLaren 720S, MSO on 11 14th, 2017


The Persian Gulf is a vital market for exotic automakers – not least for McLaren, which is out to make a splash at this year’s Dubai Motor Show with this one-of-a-kind 720S.

Commissioned by a local client, this 720S has been extensively personalized by McLaren Special Operations with a satin black paintjob and gold trim. But that’s just the start.

The rear wing is inscribed with an Arabic translation of a quote from the company’s namesake founder Bruce McLaren: “Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” The script is stylized to emulate the Dubai skyline, and like the wheels and interior trim, is done up in gold tone to stand out from the matte black background.

The buyer also specified an array of carbon-fiber components, including the front splitter, air intakes, roof panel, wing mirror arms, engine cover, and rear deck, wing, bumper, and diffuser. And like the legendary McLaren F1, the engine bay is lined in gold heat shielding – actual 24-karat gold, in this case.

Inside there’s even more carbon and gold trim pieces to go with the black leather and Alcantara upholstery, with a “1 of 1” plaque to identify this as a unique creation. The vehicle will be on display until the owner takes delivery at the close of the show from McLaren Dubai.

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McLaren 720S Welcomes Challenge From Pair Of 900 HP Huracans 13
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Videos, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, tuning, video on 11 13th, 2017


The McLaren 720S is slowly working its way up the drag racing food chain, and after dispatching an 805 HP supercharged Huracan last week, a couple of the Lambos Italian cousins sought retribution.

Featured here alongside the McLaren are two Huracans, both producing around 900 HP, but through different mods. For example, the white Huracan is a RWD LP580-2 with a VF Supercharger, sending 790 horses to the wheels – around 900 to the crank.

The green one is a regular LP610-4 with a custom twin turbo kit, putting down the same amount of power as its rear wheel driven sibling.

Of course the McLaren 720S needs very little introduction. Its power output is right there in its name, although we do suspect that the British automaker hasn’t exactly been upfront about the 720S’ performance figures.

So without further ado, we’ll let you find out for yourselves who won these match-ups. Nine hundred horses should definitely have the Lambos covered, right? Right…?

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New McLaren 720S Is Different And That’s A Good Thing 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, reviews, video on 11 11th, 2017


We’ve been waiting for an in-depth review on the McLaren 720S for some time now, a car that has exceeded any and all expectations since its launch earlier this year.

If you’re familiar with Doug DeMuro, you know that’s the type of review he usually puts together, (over) analyzing all the features and quirks you might find on a car, taking all categories into account.

What does this mean for the McLaren 720S? Well, as it turns out, reigning on top of every other supercar in the world is hard work, as DeMuro questioned the 720S’ quality and overall value, while arguing that in his eyes, it’s not as good-looking as a 488 Spider. However he did give praise to McLaren for trying to differentiate the 720S from the rest of their range.

Another negative, if we can call it that, is the fact that the steering on the 720S is just a tad less responsive than on a Lamborghini Huracan, though overall, there were no real complaints in that department.

Looking at performance alone, the 720S is almost flawless considering its segment. Not only is it one of the fastest-accelerating cars in the world, it’s also one of the quickest cars out there once you get it up to speed, thanks in part to its excellent aerodynamic features.

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BMW Was Reportedly Planning Its Own Version Of The McLaren Super Series 9
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, mclaren, Range Rover, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


BMW and McLaren came together to create the iconic McLaren F1 and rumors about a new tie-up have persisted for years.

According to Automobile Magazine, the two companies were working on a car earlier this year but the project has reportedly been called off. Details are limited but the publication says the company was planning to transform the next-generation McLaren Super Series into a high-end BMW.

As part of the transformation, the car would have reportedly received unique body work, an upgraded interior, and a revised hybrid powertrain featuring a V8 engine with bespoke cylinder heads. The report goes on to claim that BMW M boss Frank van Meel “spent more nights in Woking than in Munich over the summer” but development has now been halted.

While nothing is official, a senior BMW manager reportedly told the publication the car was a “great piece of kit but we came to the conclusion that it is the wrong car for these fast moving times.” Instead, the company will reportedly develop its own car which has a powertrain with more advanced forms of electrification.

Despite the end of the BMW-McLaren tie-up, the company is still reportedly working with Jaguar Land Rover on a new V8 engine called Project Jennifer. Set to be used by Range Rover, the engine will reportedly be a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that develops 640 hp (477 kW) and 590 lb-ft (799 Nm) of torque.

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McLaren 720S Says “Bring It On!” To 805 HP Supercharged Huracan 7
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Videos, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, tuning, video on 11 7th, 2017


Unless you’ve been living without your internet connecting for the past few months, you’re probably aware just how much of a beast the McLaren 720S is.

In a straight line, it’s a hypercar in supercar clothing, able to out-run a Porsche 918 and cover a standing 1/4 mile in under 10 seconds, which is absolutely staggering.

We’ve also seen it go against a tuned 650S and come out on top, which is why we were extremely interested to see how it handled its business versus another extreme machine, namely Parker from Vehicle Virgins’ supercharged Lamborghini Huracan.

This is actually YouTuber v YouTuber, with Parker taking on Brooks from DragTimes and his McLaren 720S, and lucky for us, they go the distance, letting the cars stretch out their wings in order to see which is actually faster.

In the end, both cars proved formidable, and that Huracan is wicked fast off the line with little to no traction issues. Was it enough to stay in front of the 720S though? You’re about to find out.

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McLaren Opens New Dealers From Bahrain To Denver 5
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dealers, mclaren, Middle East on 11 5th, 2017


McLaren keeps rolling out new supercars, so it naturally needs the dealers to sell them. To that end, it has opened two new showrooms in vastly different locations on opposite sides of the globe.

The latest in McLaren’s retail network of 80 locations around the world were added opened this week in Denver and in Bahrain.

The Colorado location aims to serve the Rocky Mountain region, extending from Montana down to New Mexico, with a new 13,000-square-foot facility. It includes a showroom and service center, of course, but also an 85-inch touchscreen configurator, a conference center, cigar lounge, golf simulators, and putting green.

The automaker’s 22nd location in North America, McLaren Denver is being run by the Mike Ward Auto Group which also sells Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, and Infinitis.

The new Bahrain showroom, meanwhile, was opened by McLaren’s chairman and largest shareholder Sheikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al Khalifa in his home country. The franchise run by Kanoo Motors SPC opened nearly a year ago, but has now moved into its new 32,000-square-foot location (pictured) opposite Toyota Plaza in the city of Tubli.

It’s one of six dealers in the Persian Gulf region, joined by locations in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

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Orange McLaren 675LT Spider Can Be A Dream Come True 4
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, mclaren, McLaren 675LT, used cars on 11 4th, 2017


The McLaren 675LT Spider may have sold out quickly after it was announced but despite being extremely limited and one of the segment’s finest vehicles, prices don’t appear to have increased at all.

When sold new in the United States, the 675LT Spider started at $372,600 but we’ve just come across this orange example with an asking price of $377,000 on James Edition. When you factor in all the options of this example, you can be assured the original owner has made a loss of at least $30,000.

As you’ll immediately notice, this 675LT Spider has been clad with every matte carbon fiber component available, including the front splitter, side skirts, air intakes, rear wing, and rear diffuser. Additionally, it has carbon air louvers on the front wheel arches, an option only available through McLaren Special Operations.

Like the exterior, the interior has also been individualized by the original owner and features orange leather on the bucket seats, orange dials on the dashboard and carbon fiber here, there, and everywhere. There’s also glorious black Alcantara throughout.

While limited-edition Ferrari and Porsche models increase in value immediately after being delivered, McLarens don’t do the same, partly because the company doesn’t yet have the decorated road car history of its rivals.

However, for those wealthy enthusiasts who don’t care about losing a bit of money, the 675LT Spider is an excellent choice.

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McLaren Could Bring Back Iconic Papaya Livery In F1 Next Year 4
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, Reports on 11 4th, 2017


If you’re still having trouble associating orange with McLaren’s Formula 1 team, allow us to take you back to the late 1960’s when the British outfit became a winning force.

McLaren first switched to an orange livery in F1 in 1968, inspired by rival liveries in Can-Am sports cars. The color was short lived, as they went with a predominantly white paint scheme in 1972, but by then, the team had already won at Spa, Monza and Mont-Tremblant.

Right now, McLaren-Honda is using an orange and black livery, but next year they could opt for the Papaya option, like on the car Fernando Alonso drove at the Indy 500 this year.

The decision also depends on the outcome of ongoing talks with potential 2018 sponsors, reports F1i.

“We are starting to look at car designs now,” said McLaren’s Zak Brown. “I think the fans want us to go to Papaya Orange for sure. When we did the IndyCar we had an overwhelming amount of ‘Please make your F1 car like that’. We are waiting on a few sponsor decision which also can dictate what a car looks like. I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Still, unlike Force India, McLaren won’t re-brand its livery completely just to suit a single sponsor.

“We have all sorts of designs going on, but we need to see where we land on some of the sponsor activity and that will dictate a bit of that,” added Brown.

“We would like to keep some orange. We think it is part of our identity, especially moving forward. But we are a commercial entity. Pink might be a bit extreme though.”

As for these Papaya Orange renderings, courtesy of Sean Bull Design, they’re all predominantly orange, although some have more black than others, while one of them features some blue as well. Which do you like best?

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McLaren Could Bring Back Iconic Papaya Livery In F1 Next Year 4
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, Reports on 11 4th, 2017


If you’re still having trouble associating orange with McLaren’s Formula 1 team, allow us to take you back to the late 1960’s when the British outfit became a winning force.

McLaren first switched to an orange livery in F1 in 1968, inspired by rival liveries in Can-Am sports cars. The color was short lived, as they went with a predominantly white paint scheme in 1972, but by then, the team had already won at Spa, Monza and Mont-Tremblant.

Right now, McLaren-Honda is using an orange and black livery, but next year they could opt for the Papaya option, like on the car Fernando Alonso drove at the Indy 500 this year.

The decision also depends on the outcome of ongoing talks with potential 2018 sponsors, reports F1i.

“We are starting to look at car designs now,” said McLaren’s Zak Brown. “I think the fans want us to go to Papaya Orange for sure. When we did the IndyCar we had an overwhelming amount of ‘Please make your F1 car like that’. We are waiting on a few sponsor decision which also can dictate what a car looks like. I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Still, unlike Force India, McLaren won’t re-brand its livery completely just to suit a single sponsor.

“We have all sorts of designs going on, but we need to see where we land on some of the sponsor activity and that will dictate a bit of that,” added Brown.

“We would like to keep some orange. We think it is part of our identity, especially moving forward. But we are a commercial entity. Pink might be a bit extreme though.”

As for these Papaya Orange renderings, courtesy of Sean Bull Design, they’re all predominantly orange, although some have more black than others, while one of them features some blue as well. Which do you like best?

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McLaren P1 Foot-to-Floor Edition Is An Extremely Lightweight Model With An Alternative Powertrain 3
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in mclaren, McLaren P1, Offbeat News on 11 3rd, 2017


McLaren is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the P1 by launching an all-new model with an alternative powertrain.

Set to be launched just in time for Christmas, the McLaren P1 Foot-to-Floor Edition is an extremely lightweight model that weighs significantly less than the standard P1 which tips the scales at 1,395 kg (3,075 lbs). McLaren declined to release detailed specifications but confirmed the car costs £35.99 ($47) and is designed for drivers who are less than three years old.

Drivers looking for something more powerful can opt for the McLaren P1 Electric Ride-On. While the standard model can hit an electronically-limited top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h), the EV variant is limited to approximately 3 mph (4.8 km/h). That’s a sizeable difference but the P1 Electric Ride-On is significantly cheaper as prices start at £219.99 ($287.35).

Fans over the age of 10 haven’t been overlooked as McLaren offers a P1 Tecnomodel collectible which has a base price of £345.00 ($450.71). A variety of different options will be available including a Flash Pink paint job and a Gulf livery.

If the latest slate of McLarens doesn’t sound too interesting, there are also Scalextric slot cars and radio-controlled models from New Bright, Rastar and Maisto.

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Road & Track Names The McLaren 720S The 2018 Performance Car of The Year 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, Bentley, Bentley Continental, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, honda, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, LEXUS, Lexus LC, mclaren, McLaren 720S, mercedes, Mercedes AMG GT, porsche, Porsche-911 on 11 2nd, 2017


Road & Track has named the McLaren 720S the 2018 Performance Car of The Year.

Designed to recognize cars that push the “limits of performance and pleasure,” the award was given to the McLaren which beat out nine other contenders in this year’s test which took place over the course of four days.

The ten contenders for the fifth-annual Performance Car of the Year award were broken into four categories and the McLaren 720S was pitted against the Lamborghini Huracán Performante in the prestigious supercar group. Despite calling the Huracán Performante the “unchallenged star of the show,” R&T’s editors gave the award to the 720S as “nothing short of a Kawasaki ZX-10RR has a prayer of keeping up with the McLaren.” They also praised the car’s natural feel and unintimidating driving experience.

The Grand Tourers category saw the Bentley Continental Supersports and Lexus LC 500 face off for top honors. The editors noted this was a difficult choice but decided the Lexus was the winner as it is a “stylish cruiser that can still clip an apex and be steered with the throttle.”

The Track Stars category is particularly interesting as it saw the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE compete with higher-end vehicles such as the Mercedes-AMG GT R and Porsche 911 GT3. The prestige of the latter two models wasn’t enough to overcome the Camaro’s impressive performance and modest price tag.

Lastly, there are the Wild Cards which include the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi TT RS, and Honda Civic Type R. The first two vehicles have a serious horsepower advantage but the editors were impressed by the Civic’s ability to be “calm and comfortable when you’re cruising” and a “firecracker when you lean into it.”

You can read more about the cars and the results over at Road & Track.

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