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Mclaren 720S loses its top and gains plenty of grace in the 11-second process

- BY DARYL LOY

In a rare segment that still sees some long-time supercar manufactur­ers stand by the tried-and-tested V12 engine, the Mclaren 720S continues to defy the odds with a twin-turbo four-litre V8 – the smaller and more efficient package being the British outfit’s architectu­re of choice across all of its models today. And discerning buyers can experience the potential of this powertrain in its most complete form in the 720S, Mclaren’s fastest and most powerful series production model today.

At the heart of the 720S is 720PS of power from which its name is derived. There is also 770Nm of torque that goes exclusivel­y to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmissi­on. It’s all serious business in typical Mclaren fashion, now packed into the same carbon-fibre “Monocage” chassis with a roof that will practicall­y disappear in just 11 seconds.

Enter the Mclaren 720S Spider, a sleek convertibl­e that retains every grain of high-octane prowess the coupe on which it is based is known for. Retractabl­e roofs typically weigh a lot, but the Spider’s only tips the scale at 49kg – the car’s entire dry weight is an extremely lean 1,332kg. This means it will do 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds and 0-200kph in 7.9 seconds, with top speed rated at 341kph. Mclaren claims you’ll be able to drive it with the roof down up to 325kph, so this could be the most expensive hairdryer in existence today.

How expensive is expensive? Well, local distributo­r Mcfarren Supercars quotes a base price of RM1,218,000 but this doesn’t include duties and customisat­ion. Factor those in and you’re easily looking at twice the amount for a Spider that’s ready to cast its web on Malaysian roads. If you see Ferraris and Lamborghin­is as obvious choices, this is one way to go for guaranteed exclusivit­y and performanc­e.

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