McLaren 720S Gets Special Edition for Anniversary of F1 GTR's Le Mans Win

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Photo credit: McLaren
Photo credit: McLaren

From Car and Driver

  • McLaren is offering a special-edition 720S Le Mans to commemorate its first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 25 years ago.

  • The 50 limited-edition cars are equipped with five-spoke LM wheels and a black roof scoop, and they're only available in orange or gray.

  • They're available to order now for the equivalent of about $285,600 and will arrive starting in September.

Let's get something out of the way first: McLaren's new Le Mans special edition should have been offered on the track-focused 765LT, not the 720S. After all, it's meant to commemorate the brand's first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 25 years ago. Wouldn't it make more sense to offer it on a stripped-out track weapon? Plus those wheels would seem more at home on the 765LT.

Photo credit: McLaren
Photo credit: McLaren

Well, we don't make McLaren's decisions. Back in 1995, in its first time racing in the 24-hour race in France, the F1 GTR took the win in its first appearance, driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas, and Masanori Sekiya. Three other F1 GTRs finished in the top five.

Photo credit: McLaren
Photo credit: McLaren

There will only be 50 of these cars worldwide, and two color choices: McLaren Orange and a dark Sarthe Gray. Each car's VIN will start with 298—the number of laps the winning F1 GTR completed—and there's a McLaren 25th-anniversary Le Mans emblem on the lower body-side panel. Other than that, the cars are differentiated with a black roof scoop, carbon front fenders, gold brakes, and black cladding. In typical McLaren fashion, customers can get an array of added McLaren Special Operations (MSO) parts added.

Like the two exterior color choices, the special-edition cars' interiors are offered in two color themes: they all have black Alcantara racing seats, but have either McLaren Orange or Dove Gray accents. The McLaren 25th-anniversary Le Mans logo is embroidered into the headrests and the floor mats. Customers can also opt for a titanium harness bar and six-point harnesses from MSO.

The McLaren 720S is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. During Car and Driver testing, the 720S launched to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, but that was using its Launch button, which is intertwined with the radio, climate, and navigation controls. Squeeze both pedals, sit at around 3200 rpm for four full seconds, see "Boost Ready" flash on the digital instrument cluster, and then launch into another dimension.

The McLaren 720S Le Mans special edition is available to order now for the equivalent of about $285,600 and will arrive starting in September.

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