Last week, McLaren Automotive it will begin full-scale production of its 720S supercar and that the first 720S has already rolled off the production line. The new series, which was unveiled last month at the Geneva International Motor Show, will replace McLaren’s outgoing 650S.
“McLaren has enjoyed three years of success in China and we are delighted to be premiering the new 720S at Auto Shanghai 2017 as we look forward to further growth in this market,” commented Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, who will reveal McLaren’s new supercar to the Chinese market during a press conference on April 19. “Customer interest in McLaren cars continues to increase rapidly and we are pleased to recognize this not only by introducing the second generation of McLaren’s Super Series product family, but also a 570GT Commemorative Edition for China.”
Thanks to its use of carbon fiber, the 720S reaches a top speed of 212 mph. According to Dupont Registry, the composite one-piece monocoque that underpinned the previous generation was given a clean sheet redesign for the new cars. Additionally, carbon fiber is featured on the car’s roof panel, rear bumper, door sills, bonnet inlets, mirror casings, rear fender air intakes and front splitter.
McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fiber in vehicle production and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1. According to McLaren, the company has never built a car without a carbon fiber chassis.
The new supercar’s next appearance will be at Auto Shanghai 2017, from April 19-28. McLaren China will begin taking orders for the new McLaren 720S as Auto Shanghai commences, with the first customer cars arriving in July.