Ray Ho – 02/13/2020
With a suggested retail price of $315K and an as-tested price 60 bucks shy of $375K, the 2020 McLaren 720S Spider is the most expensive car I have ever tested. Is it worth it? That depends on your net-worth. For someone you know who that just purchased a mansion in Beverly Hills for a cool $165 million, dropping $375K is like you and I spending a dime so this thing should be a no-brain-er. But, for the rest us 99 percent-er, this supercar is way out of reach which makes it that much more of a treat to be able to drive it on the canyon roads.
For those of you that are obsessed with specs, the McLaren 720S packs a twin turbo 4-Liter V8 generating 710 HPs and 568 lb-ft of torque. It can go north of 60 mph in 2.9s and a top speed of 212 mph. It features a seven speed dual clutch gearbox, adaptive damping, carbon ceramic rotors, electro-hydraulic steering, launch control, Comfort, Sport & Track modes, carbon fibre monocage chassis, steering wheel wrapped in alcantara, folding driver display and vehicle lift, you know, your typical supercar stuff. Never mind its sports exhaust is an additional $5,900, or the electrochromic roof that can be darken with a touch of a button for $9,100 more. This test car wears gorgeous Belize Blue paint ($5,720), rocks a Bowers & Wilkins stereo with 12 speakers ($4,420) plus the 720S Performance package (hood air intakes, rear fender air intakes, and door mirror casings in carbon fiber and engine bay ambient lighting) basically for the price of a brand new Nissan Versa. OK I will stop now.
All I can say is driving the McLaren 720S Spider is a sublime experience. “I want to be a billionaire, so freaking bad!”
Ray, I know what you mean, I drove a McLaren once and immediately went looking for a bank to rob. There wasn’t one nearby which is a good thing as it would have been quite risky regarding my freedom. Just as well …