The lightest and most powerful series-production McLaren ever built was unveiled during the Singapore Grand Prix in September, and the 750S promises more power and performance over the British super carmaker’s best-selling 720S when deliveries begin in the first quarter of 2024. To create this devastatingly beautiful piece of machinery, McLaren engineers meticulously analysed the outgoing 720S and the result is a 30 percent material change to drive advances in weight-reduction, powertrain performance and aerodynamics.
Great pains were taken to shave even more weight off the car’s carbon fibre monocoque structure formidably filched from Formula 1. Add carbon fibre-shelled racing seats and the lightest wheels to ever be fitted on a series-production McLaren to the equation, and the 750S rolls off the assembly line about 30kg lighter than its 720S predecessor.
And here’s how this translates to real-world terms: This twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 churns out – you guessed it – 750PS (740hp) and 800Nm of torque at 8,500rpm for you to gallop up to the century sprint within an astonishing 2.8 seconds – effectively eclipsing the output of the legendary McLaren P1 (737PS and 720Nm).
With the choice to decide the character of your vehicle via three handling modes (Comfort, Sport or Track), expect nothing less than a thrilling, visceral performance from the rear-wheel drive 750S from the moment the mid-mounted V8 engine springs to life.
The 750S is a sculptural beauty unabashedly designed as a supercar for purists, where dihedral doors that swing upwards return for maximum dramatic effect. But function does precede form in this scenario and its organic shape also does the job of maximising downforce, minimising drag, enhancing powertrain cooling, and optimising aerodynamic balance. So McLaren engineers say.
Available in both coupe and convertible form, with the latter’s composite Retractable Hard Top (RHT) – which adds only 49kg compared with the coupe – opening in under 11 seconds when travelling at speeds up to 50km/h.
Inside, the 750S flaunts a newly designed interior that’s even more driver-focused than ever, with the instrument panel and controls angled towards the driver’s side. You won’t find a single button or control on the steering wheel, either, as it’s kept clutter-free for more focused driving.
Steering is said to have been sharpened with a faster steering ratio, but we can’t quite vouch for that until we take her out for a proper spin.
In the meantime, we’ll also be dreaming about her soundtrack, which McLaren engineers have apparently also tweaked to create a greater crescendo at high engine speeds through its single, central exhaust pipe.
As the delicious V8 soundtrack becomes increasingly displaced and grows ever rarer in an electric era, we’re positive the 750S will provide an eargasm like no other.