McLaren 720S continues to impress with two new accolades: winner of MOTOR TREND's World's Greatest Drag Race 8 and named the Performance Car of the Year by the Automotive Video Association

24 Sep 2018

  • The 720S wows MOTOR TREND with its “monstrous power” and “lightweight body”, while the Automotive Video Association notes its “sportiness” and “fun-to-drive personality”
  • These two new accolades join a bevy of other awards the 720S has received over the past year
  • The Mclaren 720S is currently available for purchase, with a starting MRSP of $293,000


The McLaren 720S has added two new titles to its trophy case:  on Wednesday, Sept. 19 it was named the Performance Car of the Year by the Automotive Video Association (AVA), and on Friday, Sept. 21 it was announced that it took the crown at MOTOR TREND’s 8th annual World’s Greatest Drag Race (WGDR) – beating out a fierce line up of competitors. Noted as a gamechanger for both its segment and the supercar category as a whole, the 720S has been extensively praised for its blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement.

“The 720S is a remarkable car that has been wowing both media and customers alike since its launch,” said Tony Joseph, President of McLaren North America. “Though the car debuted over a year and a half ago, the demand remains strong. With its light weight carbon fibre chassis and blistering acceleration, we were thrilled to see the 720S cross the finish line first in MOTOR TREND’s drag race against a line up of serious competitors, along with taking home the 1st place award with a 6-2 winning vote in the Performance Car of the Year Awards by the Automotive Video Association.” 

World’s Greatest Drag Race is a 12-way race, where contestants are pulled from MOTOR TREND’s Best Driver’s Car annual competition. The McLaren 720S won WGDR with an elapsed time of 10.1 seconds at 141.5 mph over a quarter-mile. A second, half-mile race was also conducted specifically for MOTOR TREND subscribers, in which McLaren also took the crown. MOTOR TREND notes that the “monstrous power” and “light weight body” gave the 720S the edge it needed to beat a fierce line up of competitors.

“You look at the McLaren 720S, hear about its technology and all the horsepower under hood, and imagine that it’s pretty fast. But you’d be wrong. It’s way faster than you imagine,” says MOTOR TREND Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh. “This is a supercar that puts last year’s hypercars on the trailer, whimpering, tail between their legs.”

The Automotive Video Association (AVA), the automotive industry’s newest media organization which makes up the single largest group of YouTube, online video and TV personalities combined—with more than 500 million unique views per year—named the McLaren 720S it’s Performance Car of the Year, noting that the sportiness and fun-to-drive personality of the 720S shone through to beat others in the competition.

These two accolades join a long list of awards the 720S has won. In North America alone, McLaren’s single largest market, the 720S has been named Road & Track’s 2018 Performance Car of the Year, was voted an AUTOMOBILE All Star, received a Car and Driver Magazine Editor’s choice, and was named to Robb Report’s Best of Best list for 2018.

The McLaren 720S debuted at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show and offers the widest breadth of dynamic capability of any McLaren, from controlled comfort to extreme handling prowess. At the heart of the 720S is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 710hp and 568 lb ft of torque; 0-60mph takes only 2.8 seconds, while 0-124mph is reached in a blistering 7.8 seconds. In addition to its rapid acceleration and top speed of 212mph, the 720S delivers outstanding driver engagement, with a new generation of McLaren’s active chassis system, Proactive Chassis Control II and double the aerodynamic efficiency of its Super Series predecessor.

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About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993  it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.

Announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the company’s Track25 business plan will see it invest £1.2billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

2017 saw the company launch further models including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. In 2018, the company launched the 600LT.

To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille.


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Further information:

Roger Ormisher
Vice President, Communications & PR | McLaren North America
Phone: +1 714 501 8137

Laura Tilley
Public Relations Manager | McLaren North America
Phone: +1 765 517 2186

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