McLaren 720S Hits 202 MPH On The Autobahn Without Breaking A Sweat

McLaren is still a relative newcomer in the world of supercars and hypercars, but its new models continue to provide blistering performance that puts rivals from Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche on notice.

There’s no better example of this than the 720S. Unveiled roughly 16 months ago, the British supercar is priced against the Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan, but outperforms both by a considerable margin.

Given enough room, McLaren says the 720S can accelerate through to an impressive 212 mph (341 km/h). While the video below doesn’t show the 720S maxing out, it does get pretty close, exceeding the 200 mph (320 km/h) barrier and briefly reaching 202 mph (325 km/h). The POV camera position makes it feel like you’re in the car, so the video is well worth a watch.

What is perhaps most interesting about the clip is not simply the max speed the supercar hits. Instead, it is the way the 720S accelerates from roughly 93 mph (150 km/h) to 155 mph (250 km/h) at a truly frightening pace, seemingly bending time and space on its way to a speed most production cars can’t even dream of.

The secret to the car’s performance lies in its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. McLaren’s official word is that it produces 710 hp. However, dyno runs of the car suggest that it may deliver closer to 800 hp at the crankshaft, a figure which lifts the car’s from the likes of the 488 GTB into the territory of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Lamborghini Aventador S.

 

  • Bo Hanan

    McLaren = Alien Technology.

    • Some ol’ bloke

      Mclaren = otherworldly technology

      • Infinite1

        From the future

    • D3X

      Koenigsegg = the other Alien Technology

  • Callanish

    Lane discipline, zero distractions and rear mirror viewing has to be so damn crucial while on the autobahn in a normal car. You’re trying to overtake someone travelling at 100 mph, meanwhile in your rear view mirror, you see someone coming up on you fast at 200 mph. Trust in each other’s driving is paramount to safety. I couldn’t trust in the average American driver to be that disciplined at those speeds.

    • Philip George

      Americans and also Audi drivers. You can’t trust either of them.

  • Six_Tymes

    the raccoon is mighty fast

  • An Existing Person

    I wish American highways were as disciplined as the Autobahn.

    Edit: Americans as a whole could learn from foreign driving.

  • Vassilis

    That’s just crazy fast.

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