As reports began surfacing earlier this year that McLaren had shut down the 720S production line, we knew it wouldn’t be long until its successor appeared. Thankfully it made its debut sooner than expected. Today the British carmaker unveiled that awaited replacement in the form of the 2024 McLaren 750S.
Although the 750S is the 720S’ successor, it isn’t an all-new model. Only 30 percent of its components are new or changed. A fact that is evident when looking at its familiar powertrain, footprint, and styling. It does, however, improve in all the right areas, now delivering 740 horsepower, a 2.7-second sprint to 60 mph, and 3,062-pound curb weight in coupe form. It may no longer lead from a stats perspective, but this supercar has a new focus on lightness and driver engagement.
|Engine||Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8|
|Output||740 Horsepower / 590 Pound-Feet|
|Curb Weight||3,062 Pounds (Coupe) / 3,170 Pounds (Spider)|
|Base Price||$329,500 (Coupe) / $350,500 (Spider)|
McLaren’s primary focus when developing the 750S was to increase driver involvement, mainly by reducing weight. At 3,062 lb, it is 66 lb lighter than a 720S coupe. Its spider variant only swells by 108 lb to 3,170 lb despite its folding metal roof, thanks to its carbon-fiber monocoque chassis not requiring additional structural bracing to retain structural rigidity. However, the carmaker claims you can go further by optioning new optional lightweight components to lighten it up even further.
A new set of 10-spoke lightweight wheels can take out 30.4 lb, while a pair of carbon-fiber racing seats save a combined 38.6 lb. McLaren is so serious about losing weight that it’ll bolt your passenger seat to the floor as standard. However, adjustable rails are available as an option.
Powering the 2024 McLaren 750S is McLaren’s well-known M840T twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, essentially a carryover from its predecessor. However, it now develops 740 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque thanks to increased boost pressure, lightweight pistons from the 765 LT, and updated engine software. That extra output combines with shorter gears in its transmission to improve acceleration. Flat out, it’ll hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and top out at 206 mph.
On the suspension front, the 750S benefits from the carmaker’s third-generation Proactive Chassis Control hydraulic suspension system. It now sports softer springs up front and stiffer out back compared to a 720S and reconfigured active dampers and passive coil springs. Additionally, the updated spring and damper combo saves an extra 4.4 lb. McLaren states these changes, alongside a 0.24-in (6 mm) wider track upfront, aim to make its latest supercar more balanced, controlled, and comfortable.
The 15.4-in carbon-ceramic brakes and monoblock calipers out of the McLaren Senna are available as an optional extra, which combines with a new brake booster, vacuum pump, and Formula 1-derived integrated caliper cooling system. While the 750S will come standard with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, a stickier set of Trofeo R’s is also available.
Like the Artura we tested late last year, the 750S features a reworked cabin with updated tech. It now offers new instrument cluster and infotainment displays, replacing the older lower resolution units. Unlike the 720S, its successor does offer Apple CarPlay connectivity, but no word on Android Auto yet. To complement its redesigned infotainment system, McLaren also gave the 750S higher-resolution cameras and a much quicker front axle lift system. It now takes four seconds versus 10 in the 720S.
The 750S benefits from a more powerful Bowers & Wilkins audio system, which combines new speakers for more power and a new antenna for greater reception. To the left of the central infotainment screen lies a new McLaren Control Launcher, allowing you to store your preferred drive mode settings. It’ll also let you recall them with a single press. The goal is to reduce fiddling while configuring the car on the move.
While the 750S gets carbon-fiber-backed seats as standard, a lighter set of super-lightweight carbon fiber racing seats is available. According to McLaren, each shell weighs just 7.4 lb.
Given that the McLaren 750S inherits most of its components from its predecessor, it isn’t surprising that it also wears a familiar face. However, the new model features an extended front splitter, narrower headlight openings, and restyled air intakes along its sides and rear. Out back, its carbon-fiber active rear wing is now higher and more extended, sitting just above a new P1-style central exhaust system. The wing is lighter by 3.5 lb and can deploy in half a second.
The 2024 McLaren 750S starts at $329,500, including a $5,500 transportation and port processing fee. The Spider variant with its folding metal roof comes in at $350,500, including the same fee. As of writing, the carmaker has not given exact dates for when it expects its latest model to go on sale in the U.S.