Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Most 720S owners will drive their cars on a track from time to time, and when they do, they’ll find that it’s crazily fast – faster than the Ferrari 488 GTB or the Lamborghini Huracan.
It's helped by clever technology, such as 'active aerodynamics' which allow the various wings and ducts to self-adjust to aid high-speed stability and cornering grip.
And instead of regular electronic stability control to tame the power, it has Variable Drift Control, which allows you to floor it out of a corner and make the car slide in (relative) safety.
Not much more than a decade ago, the fastest production cars ever built had less power than the 720S, yet McLaren has put that power into a remarkably manageable package.
On the road, it really is no harder to drive than a Porsche Cayman, with the pedals and steering feeling perfectly weighted, and phenomenal mid-revs shove in reserve to make overtaking effortless.
Meanwhile, the ride is as absorbent as in most executive saloons, despite the 720S’s massive wheels; no rival supercar gets close to this level of comfort.
The 720S, then, is a pleasure to drive at any speed and in any environment. And unlike most previous McLaren’s it sounds great, screaming as you close in on the redline, and emitting plenty of satisfying turbo whoosh at lower revs.
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