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McLaren 720S against the clock – just how fast is it?

We’ve driven the new McLaren 720S in Italy, and now, tested the 710bhp supercar in the UK. But really, right now there’s no point in me writing words when what you want are acceleration numbers. So here are some numbers.

0-10mph: 0.46s
0-20mph: 0.96s
0-30mph: 1.40s
0-40mph: 1.82s
0-50mph: 2.30s
0-60mph: 2.77s
0-70mph: 3.33s
0-80mph: 3.93s
0-90mph: 4.59s
0-100mph: 5.31s
0-110mph: 6.14s
0-120mph: 7.06s
0-130mph: 8.16s
0-140mph: 9.38s
0-150mph: 11.01s

¼ mile 10.19secs @ 146.0mph

Let’s pull a few figures out and have a closer look at them. If you found a convenient place where the speed limit went instantly from urban to motorway (that’s 30mph to 70mph for anyone not familiar with UK motoring law), the 720S could make the leap in less than two seconds (1.93 to be exact). I’ve just checked and it takes two seconds to say ‘in less than two seconds’. That’s how fast it is.

Accelerate from 50 to 100mph, as you might when you join a, er, German autobahn, and you’re all done in three seconds flat. McLaren claims 0-124mph in 7.8secs, we measured it at 7.46secs. So that’s acceleration from nothing to 124mph in about the time it takes you to read a sentence aloud. And don’t forget this is a rear-wheel drive car

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