The all-new 2018 McLaren 720S marks the first car in the race team turned automaker’s second-generation Super Series line of supercars. In addition to a significant power boost and weight reduction, the new 720S also rides on a brand-new one-piece carbon-fiber tub with an integrated roof dubbed MonoCage II. Here is a look at the styling differences between the outgoing McLaren 650S and new 2018 McLaren 720S.
Up front, the most noticeable change is the redesigned front fascia with paint between the redesigned lower air intakes and the headlights. A closer look reveals the headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs) are mounted inside two large functional vents or “eye sockets.” The compact headlights are said to be brighter and have a wider spread than conventional headlights. The hood also features new heat extractor vents that are angled toward the doors.
Along the side, the new MonoCage II changes the profile of the McLaren 720S, tying its overall shape to that of the original McLaren F1 road car. Heat extractor vents have been added just ahead of the front wheels as well as aft of the front wheels. While there is a small brake cooling intake in the rocker panel, McLaren replaced the large side scoop with a new intake on top of the rear quarter panels that wraps around the back half of the greenhouse.
Around back, the new McLaren 720S features a new full-width adjustable rear spoiler. Just like the front bumper, the rear fascia has more paintwork that frames the slim curved LED taillights and new round exhaust tips. There are also two more heat extractor vents on each side of the rear engine cover.
Inside, a new foldable instrument cluster dominates the driver cockpit. When open, the trick display shows speed, engine, rpm, fuel level, distance to empty, and more. With a push of a button, the display folds inward into the dash displaying only the most crucial info such as speed. Although the new model has a larger 8.0-inch central infotainment touchscreen, it is still vertically oriented and controls audio, media, navigation, and other convenience features. The center stack and door panel switchgear have also been redesigned.
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Last week, we examined the refreshed 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. The crossover received quite a few negative comments with British_Boy_007 saying: “Well it doesn’t look worse, so refreshing?” Jerah Mi gave some constructive criticism: “The only thing I like are the wheels. Lower it, get rid of the plastic wheel arches.” Michael Anderson wasn’t convinced: Looks basically the same, revolting.”
-Dequindre- had no opinion either way, simply saying, “This one should be considered a draw.”
Still, some comments liked the redesign. Positive comments include one from Brandon Franklin who said, “Waiting for it hit the show room so I can take it home.” Jeff Rickels Sr was even more enthusiastic: “I really like it! I was considering a 2017 Impreza but now, I’m waiting for this. Wish it had a little more power. The 2.5 liter would help. I can live without the turbo 2.0.”