2024 McLaren 750S Is a Lighter, Mightier, and Subtly Restyled 720S
The 2024 McLaren 750S debuts as a lighter, more powerful, and subtly restyled version of the outgoing 720S.
McLaren says about 30 percent of the 750S's parts are new or updated, with the 740-hp twin-turbo V-8 adding 30 horsepower.
The 750S coupe is said to weigh up to 66 pounds less than its 720S predecessor, and the 750S Spider is only 108 pounds heavier than the new coupe.
The 2024 McLaren 750S isn't dramatically different from the 720S model it's replacing. Some might see the new nameplate's subtle exterior alterations and jump to conclusions, like accusing McLaren of giving its series-production supercar a basic facelift. Others will correctly predict there's a lot more going on underneath the 750S's similar-looking skin.
Lighter and Mightier
Compared with the outgoing 720S, the changes to its successor are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. McLaren says around 30 percent of the 750S's parts are new or updated. A twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 is still mounted in the middle of the car's carbon-fiber structure, but higher boost pressure means the engine now makes an extra 30 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque, raising peak output to 740 horses and 590 pound-feet.
The flat-plane-crank V-8 also shares lightweight pistons with the track-focused 765LT. The previously separate exhaust pipes now converge in a center-exit setup like on the McLaren P1. We're told this makes the 750S sound even more ferocious, especially at stratospheric revs. Larger air intakes ahead of the rear wheels are said to improve engine cooling, and the redesigned rear bumper sits below a new mesh grille.
Power still routes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but McLaren says the 750S's gearbox has a shorter final-drive ratio. A feature that limits downshifts that would otherwise over-rev the engine is also new, and it ensures gearchanges only occur at the optimal time.
These mechanical upgrades are further optimized by meticulous weight-saving measures. The 750S coupe is claimed to weigh up to 66 pounds less than its 720S predecessor (a 2018 example registered 3161 pounds on our scales). One source of the 750S's weight reduction is the new standard carbon-fiber racing seats, which are said to save a combined 38.6 pounds versus the regular seats in the 720S. An even lighter set of carbon buckets are also optional.
Other areas where McLaren did its best Atkins diet imitation include the new standard forged wheels that are claimed to be the lightest ever worn by a series-production model. These rollers allegedly save 30.4 pounds. Subtract another 4 pounds thanks to the new column-mounted digital gauge cluster, another 3.5 pounds for the lighter windshield, and another 4.4 pounds due to some revised suspension components and it's clear that McLaren was committed to improving the car's power-to-weight ratio.
With the 750S becoming lighter and mightier, the coupe and Spider (read: convertible) are both claimed to hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. The Spider, with its retractable hardtop, is said to weigh 108 pounds more than the coupe and reach 124 mph in 7.3 seconds—one-tenth behind the coupe. Top speed for both body styles is a claimed 206 mph.
Helping haul these exotic beasts to a stop is a newly available brake package designed for the racetrack. With bits inherited from the McLaren Senna, the kit includes 15.4-inch carbon-ceramic rotors with monobloc (a.k.a. one-piece) front calipers intended to significantly resist fade and wear. Even without the upgrade, a new brake booster and vacuum pump are said to provide more consistent braking feel.
An active rear wing with a larger surface area, albeit 3.5 pounds lighter than the old one, delivers more downforce and also assists with braking duties at high speeds. Outside of the standard Pirelli P Zero tires, customers can upgrade to stickier P Zero Corsa or ultra-sticky Trofeo R rubber.
From 720S to 750S
Customers won't have to pay extra for the 750S's enhanced suspension, which features the third generation of McLaren's Proactive Chassis Control. As with the PCC II system on the 720S, it uses a network of hydraulic hoses and accumulators designed to mitigate body roll without diminishing ride quality. However, PCC III brings retuned accumulators, revised geometry, and lighter dampers and springs. The spring rates are also said to be slightly softer in the front and slightly stiffer in the rear.
Compared with its predecessor, the 750S features a front track that's 6mm wider. The new car still uses a hydraulic steering system, but it now has a quicker ratio. When asked why the company hasn't switched to an electrically assisted setup, a McLaren representative said it's because steering feel and authentic feedback are what defines the brand, and currently a hydraulic system is the only way to maintain that.
Inside, the 750S doesn't look too different from the 720S. However, there's a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that now features Apple CarPlay (Android Auto users are out of luck). The cabin also has customizable ambient lighting, and a Bower & Wilkins sound system is still available for rich folks who like to rock out.
The steering column adds power adjustments, and individual drive modes can now be accessed without the driver having to take their hands off the wheel. The debut of the McLaren Control Launcher also means driver's can configured their favorite drive-mode settings and activate or deactivate them on the fly.
For coupe owners who like to be reminded of the ballistic V-8 located behind them, McLaren offers a clear panel through which the engine can be seen. Other desirable features include the front-axle-lift system, which now raises the car's nose in 4 seconds instead of 10.
Said nose also has an extended front splitter that protrudes from the new lower front fascia, which stands out as much as the smaller spacing between the signature "eye sockets." One cool new details is the ability to have the area around the headlights painted to match the body color or trimmed with carbon fiber.
The 2024 McLaren 750S coupe starts at $331,740, and the Spider version starts at $352,740. With U.S. dealers currently accepting orders, the first examples are expected to hit the streets starting sometime in the third quarter of this year.
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