Report: McLaren 650S replacement to be called 720S, debut in Geneva

2018 McLaren 650S replacement (P14) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2018 McLaren 650S replacement (P14) spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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McLaren is working on a replacement for its 650S supercar, the mainstay of its mid-range Super Series family.

Prototypes for the car, code-named P14, have been spied for almost a year and McLaren design boss Frank Stephenson has also been dropping a few hints, including stating that it will feature a more radical look than even the P1.

Now Autogespot has managed to dig up a few crucial details. The usually accurate Dutch website reports that the P14 will be called the 720S and make its debut next March at the 2017 Geneva auto show.

In McLaren tradition, the “720” in the name signifies that the car is packing 720 horsepower, in metric figures. For the United States the figure equates to 710 hp. Interestingly, the power is said to be coming from a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine. This engine has been designed to work with a new modular hybrid system McLaren is developing for models, and it will eventually replace the 3.8-liter currently in use.

2018 McLaren 650S replacement (P14) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2018 McLaren 650S replacement (P14) spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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The familiar McLaren Monocell carbon fiber tub introduced on the 12C will continue. McLaren is working on a new carbon tub, but like the modular hybrid system it will come on a later model.

Autogespot also indicates that the P14 will feature a radical interior design where the dashboard will be lowered whenever the driver switches the car into Track mode to provide the best view ahead as possible. Key information such as current gear, rpm and oil pressure will be clearly visible, though. We’ve also heard that the dash will become even more streamlined than at present, with virtually everything handled via the main instrument cluster and steering wheel-mounted controls.

McLaren’s 650S and its 675LT big brother are already among the fastest supercars you can buy today, and the P14 is shaping up to be even faster yet—by a significant margin. The debut can’t come soon enough.

The 2017 Geneva auto show starts March 7. To learn about some of the other vehicles set to appear at the Swiss show, head to our dedicated hub.

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