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McLaren 720S driven: seven days with a supercar

Seven days with a supercar makes one weak. Especially when it’s the 212mph McLaren 720S.

Go East: Russian tuner offers 50-piece ‘Fury’ kit for McLaren 720S

McLaren 720S Fury TopCar

Russian car tuner and styling proprietor TopCar has unveiled its ‘Fury’ kit for the McLaren 720S and 720S Spider. The release contains some amusing literally translated exposition on what it’s all about. 

“The Russian specialists at TopCar Design have now developed an extensive, high-quality body kit for this powerful sportster, which clocks in at 720 hp and 770 Nm of torque.

“Its name, “Fury”, is certainly a fitting choice given the McLaren’s extreme, furious aesthetic since the refurb.”

McLaren 720S Fury TopCar

So, what does this 720S ‘refurb’ named Fury entail? Well, it’s quite comprehensive, and oddly, not all that distasteful. Comprehensive, because the kit is comprised of some 50 components, all made from carbon fibre.

The release continues: “As TopCar refrained from adding a coloured coating, the material’s grey fibrous structure comes to the fore.” An amusing way of saying it features exposed carbon fibre.

And by not all that distasteful, we mean it actually looks alright. The meanness is enhanced, rather than grossly over-exaggerated. It’s something akin to the aggression of the newly-revealed 765LT, rather than a cut-price Senna knock-off.

The aero is extended, and a bit more fiddly, but not excessive. Notable additions include a new splitter, skirts, diffuser and wing, complete with fins. New wheels measure 20 inches at the front, and 21 inches at the back.

Something the 720S never needed: a lot more power

McLaren 720S Fury TopCar

Not that the McLaren 720S is by any definition in any need of more power, but there is a significant boost in grunt to match the more aggressive looks. TopCar says its collaboration with performance partner GTT, has yielded boosts in power of between 80 and 180hp.

‘Figures between 800 and 900hp are perfectly achievable’. Gulp. No word yet on performance figures, given the power numbers sound somewhat hypothetical, but we fully expect ‘Fury’ to live up to its name, and then some.

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McLaren 720S Track Pack (2020) review

With the car industry mired in Brexit malaise, McLaren’s remarkable, zero-to-hero success story is cause for celebration. Since the company’s formation in 2010, its clinically clean factory in Woking, Surrey has assembled nearly 20,000 cars. And all without bowing to inevitable pressure to build an SUV.

McLaren may be a young car manufacturer, but it trades on the longstanding achievements of its racing team. Since 1966, it has won eight F1 constructors’ titles, plus trophies in Can-Am, IndyCar and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Motorsport is part of McLaren Automotive’s mindset; from the 570S GT4 to the Senna GTR, all its cars are available in lightweight, track-focused guise.

The 720S Track Pack seen here isn’t the full-house GT3 racer. Nor is it the rumoured LT (Long Tail) version, a limited-run special with more horsepower and less weight. Instead, its suite of upgrades, like the Weissach Package offered by Porsche, is pitched at amateur enthusiasts who enjoy the occasional track day. So, what do you get for an extra £28,360?

Most obviously, there’s a new active rear spoiler, finished in exquisite naked carbon fibre. A throatier sports exhaust and 10-spoke forged alloy wheels – shod with super-sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres – complete the exterior makeover. Inside, you’ll find carbon racing seats, a harness bar on the rear shelf and a track telemetry system. The latter uses three cameras to log driving data, including lap times and sector splits. Quoted performance figures are unchanged (0-62mph in 2.9sec, 212mph), although the Track Pack shaves 24kg from the car’s 1,419kg kerb weight.

I’ll level with you: the closest I got to a circuit during my week with the McLaren was a late-night lap of Croydon’s one-way system. And on track-ready rubber in deepest January, it would require road-test reflexes more finely honed than mine to detect any real differences versus the ‘standard’ 720S. Fortunately, that hardly matters: both are ballistically brilliant to drive.

Lifting the dihedral door, I lower myself into the canopy-style cockpit. The Track Pack seats are thinly-padded and, frankly, a tad uncomfortable, but the view ahead over the plunging bonnet is pure race car. Press a button and the TFT instrument display flips down, hiding all but the raw driving essentials: revs, gear ratio and speed. All three can escalate rather quickly…

The first time I flatten my right foot, the haymaker punch of the 4.0-litre V8 fairly knocks the breath from my lungs. Acceleration feels unabatingly savage – even from motorway speeds – gathering pace with licence-losing ferocity. The 720S has been criticised for its soulless soundtrack, but I loved the industrial whooshes and gasps of its twin turbos. True to McLaren’s ethos, it’s fabulously functional.

Any car with seven times the power of a Ford Fiesta demands respect: doubly so on damp roads. Yet the McLaren’s ‘semi-active’ suspension is so supple, its steering so lucid, it rarely feels intimidating. The way it breathes with the road, tightly hugging the topography like a guided missile, is genuinely awe-inspiring. Ironically, the same traits – combined with that panoramic visibility – also make it comfortable and easy to drive around town.

Should you buy a McLaren 720S? Probably, yes. It’s the most multi-talented supercar on sale. Should you upgrade to the Track Pack? Probably not. It’s a niche offering, only likely to account for 10 percent of sales. Some buyers, though, will simply want the ultimate, money-no-object 720S, and that’s exactly what the Track Pack represents. For now, at least.

Price: £253,060

0-62mph: 2.9sec

Top speed: 212mph

CO2 G/KM: 249

MPG combined: 26.4