2017 Geneva Motor Show: McLaren 720S should scare the Audi R8

The Audi R8 V10 Plus is one of the coolest cars on the road. Its fighter-jet styling and incredible technology make it one of the most interesting supercars in the market. Its 610 hp 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive also make it one of the fastest. Motor Trend once clocked the R8 V10 Plus at getting from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, which is insanely fast. However, there’s a new supercar in town and the Audi R8 V10 Plus should be a bit nervous — the McLaren 720S.

It’s the latest in McLaren’s Super Series of supercars, which previously featured the 650S, 675LT. Now, the 720S has debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, showing off a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a new engine and a new stylish design.

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From the outside, the McLaren 720S looks better than every other McLaren supercar. While the 12C, 650S and 675LT all were good looking cars, they were always a bit too techy and seemed as if there were designed by science only. This new 720S is genuinely pretty and has some really sensual lines and details. It’s by far the best looking McLaren road car ever.

On the inside, it’s not much different from the previous other McLarens, but it looks good and functional and will probably be of very high quality.

The big news is under the hood…or in the middle…The McLaren 720S’ mid-mounted engine is a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that makes a monstrous 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. McLaren claims 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, but we could see it being faster than that, and 0-124 mph in 7.8 seconds. My first car was a 1996 BMW 328i sedan and got from 0-60 mph in about 7.5 seconds, for comparison…Oh, and it has a top speed of 212 mph.

Those numbers are crazy and exceed more than those of the Audi R8 V10 Plus. But it’s not just its mighty engine that make it impressive. Gear-shifting is done by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that powers only the rear wheels. So it should be the more dynamic and exciting car of the two, as its rear-drive nature is more exciting than the all-wheel drive R8. There’s also a new setting in the traction control which allows the drive to control the amount of slip it allows, so you can sort of choose how much you want to drift and it will allow you to do so.

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With its stunning good looks, incredible power, carbon fiber chassis and rear-wheel drive dynamics, the McLaren 720S seems like it could be the best supercar on the planet. The Audi R8 V10 Plus is a very good supercar in its own right but it should be very worried about this new McLaren.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.