For a sports car company that is a relative fledgling among more established players, McLaren Automotive is truly pushing the envelope. Established in 2010, the UK firm has launched many cars over its short existence since launching its first model, the MP4-12C, in 2011. The 650S Spider we drove three years ago impressed us immensely with its consummate comfort in daily traffic, its searing performance and dynamism — even in its open-top guise. Raising the bar Fast forward to 2018 and I find myself behind the wheel of the 720S, the successor to the 650S, and not only has it moved the game forward but it has set the bar quite high for rivals. The 720S moniker, much like that of its siblings, alludes to the power in metric horsepower, which equates to 537kW. Besides the performance, the 720S has pushed the envelope in terms of carbon fibre construction with the model not only boasting the company’s carbon fibre tub construction, but it now also has a roof that has been entirely constr...

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