WHY MCLAREN IS COR­RECT TO LET ITS NEW CARS DO THE TALK­ING

Auto Car (UK) - - COMMENT - Mark Tisshaw Edi­tor mark.tisshaw@hay­mar­ket.com @mtis­shaw

THE CON­TRAST IN tone could not have been greater be­tween the un­veil­ing of the Mclaren MP4-12C, the car that launched Mclaren Au­to­mo­tive in 2011, and the new 720S that re­places the car the 12C went on to be­come.

Mclaren boss Mike Fle­witt diplo­mat­i­cally de­scribed that orig­i­nal launch as “too op­ti­mistic”. Peo­ple would have pre­ferred to find out for them­selves that the car was good, rather than be­ing told it was. Then they might have been more for­giv­ing of the nig­gly is­sues that took the gloss off the first 12Cs to emerge from Wok­ing.

The 650S, the fi­nal evo­lu­tion of the MP4-12C, was a sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved car from a more hum­ble and open com­pany.

And now we ar­rive at the 720S. Ev­ery­thing about its spec screams ‘class-lead­ing po­ten­tial’, but at its Geneva launch, Mclaren of­fered the facts with­out opin­ion or in­ter­pre­ta­tion. “You’ll find out when you drive it,” was the mes­sage. We look for­ward to that day.

The 720S’s launch al­lows us to re­flect on just how far Mclaren has come in its short his­tory, as An­drew Frankel does on p44. That its Geneva stand was packed with ri­val com­pany ex­ecs want­ing to find out more about the new car was most telling.

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