McLaren has elevated the supercar landscape in India with the launch of its latest marvel, the McLaren 750S, priced at an eye-watering Rs. 5.91 crore. Poised as the successor to the acclaimed 720S, the 750S is offered in both Coupe and Spider versions. Touted as McLaren’s lightest yet most potent series-production vehicle to date, the 750S marks significant advancements in terms of weight reduction, performance enhancement, and aerodynamic efficiency, surpassing its predecessor, the 720S.
Key highlights of the McLaren 750S include:
A formidable 750 horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 engine.
A breathtaking sprint capability, achieving 0-200kph in just 7.2 seconds.
A direct competitor to the Ferrari 296 GTB in the Indian market.
With an exclusive allocation of fewer than 20 units for India, and several already claimed, the 750S is a rare gem. Our exclusive experience driving the McLaren 750S at Portugal’s Estoril circuit provides deeper insights into its capabilities, accessible through our detailed review and video feature.
The 750S inherits the M840T engine from the 720S but introduces numerous enhancements. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo, flat-plane V8 now delivers a staggering 750hp and 800Nm of torque, achieved without the aid of electric turbocharging or hybrid technology. Modifications include a new triple-layer head gasket, upgraded twin fuel pumps, higher-pressure turbos, lighter pistons, and a standard sports exhaust reminiscent of the McLaren P1, exiting centrally at the rear.
This fine-tuning results in a 10 percent quicker acceleration than the 720S, catapulting from 0-100kph in a mere 2.8 seconds and reaching 200kph in an additional 4.4 seconds. The top speed is a hair’s breadth lower than the 720S, capped at 331kph.
Weight Saving and Chassis Design
Shedding 30kg compared to the 720S, the 750S boasts a dry weight of just 1,277kg. This weight reduction, combined with its power, grants it a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 587hp per tonne, outperforming its closest rival, the Ferrari 296 GTB.
The 750S’s chassis also sees extensive improvements, including a 6mm wider front track, a more responsive steering rack, adjusted spring stiffness, an enhanced brake booster for superior pedal feel, and an advanced Proactive Chassis Control system for optimal balance and refinement.
Exterior and Interior Innovations
While the 750S retains a semblance to the 720S, it distinguishes itself with several refined design elements. The new front bumper features a larger splitter for enhanced aerodynamic performance, along with enlarged air intakes for better cooling and sleek, new LED headlights. The most striking update is the significantly larger active rear wing, boasting a 20% increase in surface area, augmenting both downforce and braking efficiency.
The interior of the 750S focuses on fostering a seamless driver-road connection. The instrument display is now attached to the steering column, ensuring optimal visibility for drivers of varying statures. Drive mode controls are conveniently located on the side of the binnacle, allowing drivers to adjust settings without removing their hands from the wheel. This ergonomic design also makes room for quick-access buttons for launch control and aerodynamic adjustments near the 8.0-inch central touchscreen.
For the Indian market, the 750S includes a practical suspension lift feature, deployable in just 4 seconds and accessible via a dashboard button – a critical addition for navigating varied road conditions.
The cockpit also boasts several functional enhancements. The infotainment screen is more responsive and offers higher definition, the in-car microphone has improved speech recognition, and the park-assist camera provides a clearer view. Furthermore, standard features now include Apple CarPlay and a wireless charger, adding to the vehicle’s modern convenience.
In summary, the McLaren 750S not only sets a new benchmark in performance and style but also incorporates thoughtful design and technological advancements, making it a compelling choice for supercar enthusiasts in India.