Late in 2016, spy shots gave us a glimpse of the McLaren 720S’ folding instrument panel. Now, the British sports car maker is actually showing us the dashboard’s magic trick in action. Unlike any other vehicle on the road, the second-generation of the brand’s Super Series has a display that drivers can tilt downward depending on whether they want to maximize visibility or have more information.
As the video above shows, the transformation is fun to watch. The standard instrument cluster, which McLaren calls Full Display Mode (below), is a sporty looking digital screen with info for the selected gear, tachometer, speedometer, and other details. The way these details look varies whether the vehicle is in Comfort, Sport, or Track driving modes. However, when owners went to put their entire focus on the road, the regular screen flips downward. In its place, there’s a simple strip, called Slim Display Mode, that shows the gear, revs, and speed. Most times that’s probably all the info a person would need.
The rest of the 720S’ interior sounds like quite a nice place for a ride, too. An eight-inch screen displays a new infotainment system interface, and McLaren fits machined aluminum switches, too.
McLaren is still keeping many details about the 720S under wraps, but we know that it’s an impressive performer. A recent video shows the upcoming supercar hitting 124 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour) in 7.8 seconds and then braking back to a complete stop in 4.6 seconds. A new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 sits behind the driver as a replacement for the 650S’ 3.8-liter unit. The output is reportedly as much as 710 horsepower (530 kilowatts).
The 720S debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next week, and full details about it arrive on March 7. Renderings and spy photos suggest that the new model has a sharper look than the current model. Expect full coverage from the Swiss event from Motor1’s team going to Switzerland.
Gallery: McLaren 720S Folding Instrument Panel
NEW McLAREN SUPERCAR WILL ENGAGE DRIVERS WITH AN UNRIVALLED DISPLAY OF TECHNOLOGY AND LUXURY
New McLaren Driver Interface typifies the design engineering ingenuity that underpins every aspect of the new, second-generation McLaren Super Series
Revolutionary Folding Driver Display combines with all-new Central Infotainment Screen to provide peerless levels of information delivery and driver interaction.
See the Folding Driver Display in action here: https://youtu.be/PUHm-rzsbsI
The second-generation McLaren Super Series, which will be revealed next week at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, will feature an all-new driver interface that incorporates a revolutionary approach to information display and delivers unrivalled levels of driver engagement.
The McLaren Driver Interface will be complemented in the second-generation Super Series by switches machined from aluminium and the finest leather upholstery and trim, confirming the blend of hand-crafted luxury and innovative technology inherent in a McLaren. In combination with a light, airy cabin that offers unparalleled visibility and space, this level of sophistication will provide a driver environment that is set to rapidly become recognised as the most welcoming and engaging in the supercar sector.
“The new McLaren Driver Interface is a matchless example of advanced driver engagement built around two separate high-definition screens; a Folding Driver Display and a Central Infotainment Touchscreen,” explained Mark Vinnels, Executive Director – Product Development at McLaren Automotive. “The Folding Driver Display is revolutionary in offering both a choice of information shown and physical position, seamlessly complementing driver preferences while at the same time furnishing a glorious piece of engineering theatre.”
In Full Display Mode, the default on vehicle unlocking as part of the ‘welcome’ sequence, the Folding Driver Display provides a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen, the display format changing according to a driver’s choice of Comfort, Sport, or Track driving modes. Slim Display Mode, either selected manually at the touch of a button or automatically deployed when linked to active dynamics functionality, sees the driver display slide down to show only essential information in a strip. This is the ideal condition for drivers wanting the minimum of distraction, either when on a track or for those who prefer simplicity of visual information.
The 8-inch Central Infotainment Screen comprises the other element of McLaren’s advanced new integrated approach to sharing information. The driver’s portal to the all-new infotainment system of the second-generation McLaren Super Series, the screen will run multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel providing control of audio, media, navigation and other convenience features, as well as having several quick-access keys.
Comprehensive information about the second-generation Super Series will be confirmed on March 7 and a portfolio of additional images will be issued.