Work on the successor of the McLaren 650S continues, as new details have emerged. Still wearing tons of camouflage, the prototype of the production model codenamed P14 is in testing phase, and is likely to be ready for official premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year, wearing the 720S moniker.
And there’s a big surprise coming from the British manufacturer, if we are to believe a new report from Autogespot. The familiar 3.8-liter V8 engine of the current generation of McLaren models will be replaced by a new, slightly bigger 4.0-liter biturbo unit with eight cylinders. As the name of the model suggests, power will be increased from the current 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) in the 650S to the impressive 720 hp (537 kW). More powerful hybrid versions are also planned, but they will be reserved for later variants and other models.
The new vehicle will be built around an evolution of the company’s carbon-fiber tub called MonoCell, and is expected to be slightly lighter than the 650S, which tips the scales at 1,330 kilograms (2,932 pounds). Our friends at Autgespot also report the dashboard of the car will be able to physically change its position and sit lower when track mode is activated, focusing the driver’s attention on the track. Once in track mode, the driver will be able to see only the engine speed, current gear, oil and cooling temperatures, and tire pressure through a simplified instrument cluster.
McLaren will start customer tests for the car in January 2017. However, most of the potential buyers will have to wait a couple of months before they get their cars, because the first units that will be produced have already been sold. Word on the street says a complete prototype of the car in white has already been shown on a private event without any badges that might reveal the actual power, and McLaren is already taking deposits.