Opinion: The McLaren 720s signals a new era in Supercars

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It’s no secret- Mclaren has quickly climbed the ranks putting out some of the best road going supercars. After producing the legendary McLaren F1  (in my opinion, the greatest car ever made) throughout the 1990’s, McLaren was absent from the street-legal supercar market. Manufacturers such as Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and many others seemed to be the go-to brands for the super wealthy who wanted to go super fast in extraordinary style.

In 2011, McLaren made a reappearance when the MP4-12C hit the market. The sleek looking supercar had a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 pumping out about 590horsepower. McLaren had quickly captured the attention of car enthusiasts who were still in love with the brand due to the F1’s legacy. Then, in 2013 came McLaren’s biggest push into the street-legal supercar market with the release of the million-dollar P1. Exquisite styling, monstrous power and state-of-the-art technology put the P1 and McLaren at the top of the supercar world competing directly with hyper-cars from Porsche and Ferrari.

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McLaren MP4-12C

Fast forward to the present day and McLaren has a very impressive lineup. The 12C is no more but McLaren now has the the 650s, 675LT, and the 570s (540s outside the U.S.). McLaren and the P1 were still dominating the game but the supercar industry had rapidly changed from decades before. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and other manufacturers were putting out cars at an astronomical rate. No longer would a model be offered for 10+ years but instead cars would last about 4-5 years before getting rebranded and refreshed into something faster and better looking than the previous generation. This is where the all new 2018 McLaren 720s comes into play.

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McLaren 720s

The unique styling caught the world by storm. Some, weary of the new look and others in  love (the car looks much better in person than in photos). Put styling aside for a minute though and focus on performance. The 4.0L twin-turbo V8 makes an impressive 710horsepower (almost 50hp more than Ferrari’s 488GTB). The 720s will propel to 0-60mph in a blistering fast 2.8 seconds and will max out at 212mph. All for a very reasonable $288,000 USD.

There is one issue though- these are the performance numbers on paper. Ask anyone who has driven the 720s (or has put the car on the Dyno) and they will tell you that there is no way McLaren is being ‘honest’ with the performance numbers- but not in a bad way. Almost every reviewer of the supercar says the 720s is faster than the 900hp P1. Keep in mind, the P1 was made to be McLaren’s fastest, most extreme car in their offered lineup and today fetches a price tag well over $1,000,000 USD.

The P1, with a top speed of 217mph, was apart of what car enthusiasts called the ‘Hyper 3’ which included the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. All three cars had both gasoline and battery powered engines that were obliterating any other supercar on the street (with few exceptions), which is why we refer to them as ‘hyper-cars’. So how could McLaren put out a car that costs nearly $800,000 less and go faster than a P1? The answer is simple- technology. Although the 720s is only 5 years newer than the P1, supercar technology is rapidly improving. From more carbon fiber and better aero among many things, the technology in late 2017, early 2018 has allowed McLaren to surpass the P1. So why isn’t McLaren being honest about the performance? Well, how would you feel if you spent well over $1,000,000 on a P1 just to have a $288,000 car be faster? Understandably so, McLaren does not want to piss off it’s most loyal, highest spending customers so for now, the McLaren P1 remains ‘faster’ than the 720s.

What all of this means for the future of supercars is that the once thought to be impassible performance numbers on the Hyper 3 is already becoming outdated technology. If McLaren can put out a car like the 720s, we know others like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche are soon to follow. They Hyper 3 had a short, yet successful run of being the worlds most extreme hyper-cars, but the tide is changing and a new era of extreme performance and better technology will soon be taking over.

Take a look at the gallery below for additional pictures of the 720s, LaFerrari, P1 and other McLaren models.

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The McLaren F1 LM Revealed

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As a car enthusiast there is always one question that is asked in conversion—what is your favorite car? I have been asked this question countless times by so many people and my answer has never changed. Of course, the Lamborghini Murcielago, Enzo Ferrari and Maserati MC12 come to mind, but one super-car stands tall above the rest—the 1995 McLaren F1 LM.

Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 Roadster.

Maserati MC12

Enzo Ferrari

Produced by the legendary racing company McLaren, the F1 LM is an extremely limited-edition version of the already insane F1 and F1 GTR. The F1 LM has modifications from the track only F1 GTR to make it street-legal.

McLaren F1 LM

It all started in 1992 when Gordon Murray designed and produced the original McLaren F1 that would be allowed on public roads. McLaren had already more than proven itself on the track, but could it compete with Ferrari and Lamborghini which were already having great success producing street cars? Well, the answer was yes. It did more than compete; it absolutely tore up any competition. From 1992 to 1998 only 106 F1 cars rolled off the assembly line in Woking, Surrey, England; only five F1 LM’s were produced. Before we even get to the performance specs, the production number instantly adds huge value to the car.

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The more “common” McLaren F1 boasts incredibly impressive design, power and handling. BMW and the M Sport division built Murray a custom 6.1L V12 engine called the BMW S70/8. Producing 627 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque the F1 will reach 60 mph in a blistering 3.2 seconds, 100 mph in just 6.3 seconds and will top out at 248 mph. As one can imagine, these are unheard of numbers in the nineties, and the vehicle quickly became the worlds fastest street-legal car and held the title until 2005. The naturally aspirated engine sits in Carbon Fiber body panels surrounded by gold foil for heat insulation. A reported 16 grams of gold was used in each McLaren. The limited F1 LM uses the same engine as the track-only F1 GTR; a naturally aspirated V12 producing 680 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque. The F1 LM will scream to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 100 mph in 5.9 seconds and has a max speed of 243 mph. The top speed is lower on the the LM due to added aerodynamic drag.

Notice the gold plating.

Notice the gold plating.

Pop-open the enormous gull-wing doors and you’ll be quite surprised when you notice where the drivers seat is. Murray designed the cars to have the drivers seat in the middle of the car; this gives the driver a more complete F1 racing experience. It not only positions the driver in the same spot as if in a real F1 car, but it allows for much better views of the road in front. Sitting just behind and to the side of the drivers seat are two passenger seats. Yes, this astonishing super-car has room for three passengers. To make things even more intense, it’s recommended both the driver and passengers wear headphones to allow communication to the other passengers during a ride. This is due to the monstrous noise the engine makes. To save weight, little to no insulation was used to keep out the V12’s roar.

Doors up.

Doors up.

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All five McLaren F1 LM’s produced were painted Papaya Orange to honor Bruce McLaren and the color of his race car. There is in fact a sixth version of the LM called the XP1 LM (also painted in Papaya Orange) that is owned by McLaren and remains in the factory. The car was original promised to Lewis Hamilton, McLaren’s F1 team driver if he won two world championships. Hamilton left the company in 2013 to join Mercedes-Benz after winning one world championship. Rumors have it that the car today is valued at over $4,000,000.

This super-car came far from stripped down; Murray wanted to give drivers comfort as well as performance. Each vehicle came with a specially designed lightweight 10 disc Kenwood sound system that was specifically made to tailor to the buyers music preferences. The cars do not have a radio however because Murray said that he himself barely ever listened to it. The cars also surprisingly come with air conditioning, window defrosters, electric windows and remote control locking. Inside the cabin the lucky owner will find button releases for outside panel access, a storage compartment,and courtesy lights. Also included is a gold plated tool kit, high performance headlights and reverse/fog lights.

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Upon purchasing the record-setting vehicle each buyer received a custom edition Tag Heuer Chronometer wristwatch. Each car was specifically produced to the buyers’ needs and wants. McLaren flew out all the buyers to have the seats custom fit to the their body types. The seats are also non-adjustable because they too are specifically set for the driver’s ideal driving position. This of course makes finding a used F1 that much more difficult if you plan to drive it (which I hope you would).

The value of the McLaren F1 and F1 LM have skyrocketed above its original price tag of just under $1,000,000. In 2008 a McLaren F1 was sold for about $4,000,000 and in 2012 at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance chassis number 066 was sold for a record breaking $8,400,700. Although it is difficult to find an owner willing to give up one of these masterpieces, many have been offered for sale fetching from $4,000,000 all the way to $10,000,000 and above for the F1 LM. McLaren will not release the names of the owners to the public but it is known that famous designer Ralph Lauren has a collection of the cars in his personal garage. There is no doubt that the price of these cars will continue to grow in the future.

The McLaren F1 LM (middle) surrounded by the F1 (Silver) and F1 GT LongTail (Black)

The McLaren F1 LM (middle) surrounded by the F1 (Silver) and F1 GT LongTail (Black)

The McLaren F1 LM (Papaya Orange) and the F1 GT LongTail (Burgundy)

Today, it is extremely rare to see one of these monsters on public streets. I have only seen three in person and yet this has been my favorite car since I was young. My first sighting came over ten years ago at the New York International Auto Show when Mercedes-Benz had a black F1 on display. A few years a later I spotted the insanely rare F1 LM in its beautiful Papaya Orange crossing over the George Washington Bridge here in New York/New Jersey. My latest sighting came on the Long Island Expressway here in New York as a white F1 flew by just a few years ago. Unfortunately, all three sightings came and went so fast that I was unable to snap a picture. All pictures shown throughout the article have come from CarZach fans who have generously sent them over to CarZachdotCom@Gmail.com. I encourage you to send in any sightings you have!

Contrary to popular thought that McLaren would never put out a “newer” F1, they did. The McLaren P1 debuted in 2012 and was limited to just 375 units. All units were sold out by November 2013 at a price of $1,350,000. In my opinion, the F1 and F1 LM will never be replaced. No matter how advanced technology gets a super-car will never be produced so pure and beautiful as the F1. I would love to hear your opinions on whether or not the P1 can truly be considered an F1 replacement. Feel free to comment on the article, tweet us, Instagram us or send us a direct email to CarZachdotCom@Gmail.com.

The all- new McLaren P1

The all- new McLaren P1

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Motivation Monday: Lambo Line-Up

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Another Monday but this one is filled with three beautiful Lamborghini Gallardo’s! Personally, I would love to take the yellow beast out for a spin. The weather is slowly warming up here in New York and the exotics are slowly creeping their way out of garages. Stay tuned this week for a great article on a very “speciale” Ferrari!

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Muscle Mania

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Today it is possible for any car to become eye-catching. In my opinion, both the Chevy Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger are already nice-looking cars. Personally I prefer the Challenger, which I hope will be my next car. Last May, I attended a local car show, which wasn’t like the usual exotic car shows I go to. It featured mostly hand-built vehicles, muscle cars and the occasional exotic. The car that caught my attention though, was the bright orange Dodge Challenger pictured above.

The car was parked on its own, in the back of the show. The car got my attention because of its color and unique body kit. Being completely honest when I say that I think this car is hideous. Im certainly not trying to offend the owner, or anyone who is into modding a car like this. It is just my personal opinion! The vehicle is already a nice- muscle car, and I don’t think that the paint job, and the body kit really fit the car. The green rims do not go well with the blinding paint job. If you study the orange paint close you will see some flames painted in. I think that that aspect of the car is great and the whoever painted those flames did an impeccable job. A Dodge Challenger is great vehicle, but sometimes a paint job can be just a little too much!

Next in Muscle Mania, we move to the Chevy Camaro! Another great looking, re-invented American muscle car. I have been in a few Camaro’s (I’ve never driven one) and personally I am not a fan. At the dealership, I sat in the drivers seat and found the visibility awful. The windshield seemed to come down at a low, awkward angle and the hood of the car came up too high!

Last year I attended the New York International Auto Show, in New York City (I have attended the show for a number of years and I never leave disappointed) and noticed two custom Camaro’s. They had exquisite paint jobs, featured “Lamborghini doors”, and had all sorts of flashing lights on them. I did like these vehicles more than the Challenger I saw, but again they just weren’t my cup of tea. I thought that too much was done to the car, making it look more like a tuned-up import vehicle instead of a classic American muscle car.

The more toned down Camaro in NYC!

The more toned down Camaro in NYC!

Although these vehicles were not my favorites, I think they are all a great example of what the car culture is about. It’s about all types of enthusiasts who come together to show off their pride and joy. I just so happen to be more into exotic vehicles, but some love American muscle, while others love import tuner cars. The car community consists of so many different types of people and a look at these “pimped” out vehicles gives great insight into just a small piece of a large culture!

Feel free to share your opinions, I would love to hear from you! Also, be sure to stay tuned to carzach.com as I will soon be spending the day riding in a 500HP Dodge Challenger SRT in Tennessee!

Too much?

Too much?

An Over Produced Lamborghini?

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IMG_1187Is it possible that Lamborghini managed to overproduce their beloved baby bull? At the end of November 2013, the very last Gallardo rolled off the production line at the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy; stopping production at 14,022 units!

A Quick History:

Lamborghini first started the Gallardo line back in 2003. It entered the super car market as an entry-level Lambo. It’s “big brother” bull was the legendary Murcielago. The V10 engine in the baby bull produced 439hp and launched the car to 60mph in just 4.10 seconds! The exotic hit the market with a sticker price of $185,000 and has since risen upward of $225,000. Since the early production days in 2003, Lamborghini has released numerous special edition models such as the Superleggera– a lighter, faster edition kept unique by its limited fleet of 172 units. The latest model was the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse which produced 570hp and would cost a buyer $264,195 as just 50 cars were produced worldwide.

Over the years the car has battled the spotlight with everything from the Ferrari F430 to the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG. As the Gallardo was the successor to the Lamborghini Jalpa, it now has paved the way for the newest member of the family: the 2015 Lamborghini  Huracán LP 610-4! The new supercar will be the baby bull to the already established legend Lamborghini Aventador. The new bull will boast a 5.2 liter V10 with 610hp propelling the vehicle to 60mph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 201mph!

With 14,022 Gallardo’s produced it is Lamborghini’s best selling car. In comparison to these high production numbers, Lamborghini made the Murcielago very rare, only making 3,983 in its 10 year model run. One of the Gallardo’s first competitors, the Ferrari 360 Modena, has 17,800 cars today. This includes coupes, spiders and special editions. The Ferrari F430 has also ended production. Although no specific production numbers have been released, it is estimated that around 8,000 vehicles were produced. The Gallardo definitely tipped the scale when it came to production numbers, however it still remains a more rare sighting than a Ferrari here on Long Island. With so many baby bulls tearing up the road one can expect that they will certainly depreciate at a faster rate than some other vehicles, such as the Murcielago. For these high-end performance car owners, this is not good news. However, for those who dream of one day becoming a Lambo owner this is great news– as prices will fall and more used Gallardo’s will be available.

So was the Gallardo over produced? In my opinion, yes. But, hey, who really cares? All that means is that there are more of these beautiful handcrafted machines roaming the streets of the world, and used models will be available for a “reasonable” price.. perhaps around $90,000.

Tell me what you think!

Check out the stunning Lamborghini here!

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Super Bowl, Super Car Ads: The Best & Worst

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With millions of people tuned into the Super Bowl last night, companies felt pressure to deliver their very best. I mean you wouldn’t want to waste $4,000,000 on a bad ad right? One of the first commercials that really caught my attention was for Maserati. Now, there is a company that you never see commercials for, and I really think they did an amazing job. I’m not here to analyze marketing strategies but seeing, and hearing that new Maserati Ghibli roar was truly great. I also thought that Volkswagen did an excellent job with their “wings” commercial making a very clever reference to the all-time classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life. Coming back to American auto-makers, Chevy’s commercial did nothing for me. It didn’t make me want to go research cars that Chevy offers. Show-casing the Silverado and not the Stingray Corvette was a mistake. Ford did a decent job with some commercials advertising the Fusion, but again, who wouldn’t love to hear and see a 2005 Ford GT, or even a Mustang, to capture the audience. I thought Chrysler had a great commercial with Bob Dylan being their spokesmen. Show casing the stunning new 200, I thought Chrysler did a great job at capturing the audience and of course emphasizing the Made in America slogan. Over to Hyundai, I thought their ad was a bit interesting, but, overall stupid and the Elantra simply just looked plain and cheap. Now that Jaguar commercial was great, seeing and hearing that F-Type Coupe was pure music and they showcased the car in a sexy, professional and fun way. I thought Toyota had a good idea using the Muppets but it really didn’t speak to the audience about why we should buy their cars. Overall, I thought the car world dominated the commercial scene. I was dissapointed with the lack of advertising from some main brand companies such as Ford, Dodge, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Lexus just to name a few. Enjoy what I thought were the overall best car ads below! Feel free to share your opinions!

Maserati Super Bowl Ad