McLaren might have been lying to us about how fast the McLaren 720S really is.
We know that the McLaren 720S is one of the fastest supercars around. Maybe not the overall fastest car--that title still belongs to Koenigsegg--but the 720S can get up to some very fast velocities very quickly.
Zero to sixty takes just 2.7 seconds. Zero to 124 mph (or 200 kph, if you’re metric) takes just 7.9 seconds. And in the video below, you can see it takes virtually no time at all for the McLaren to reach 200 mph.
The video of this speed test comes from Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in West Palm Beach, Florida. At just 8.3 feet above sea level, the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is an ideal location to see just how fast a supercar is considering how much ambient conditions can affect a car’s speed.
During this speed test, Johnny Bohmer himself is in the passenger seat coaching the driver on what to do. This also means that the 720S is breaking its own speed advertised maximum velocity of 212 mph with a second human inside.
It takes basically 30 seconds for the 720S to reach 200 mph. From there it finally seems to struggle to get every additional mph, but it reaches 215 mph with no sign of stopping before Mr. Bohmer tells his test driver to let off the throttle at the 2.3-mile mark.
The numbers we see aren’t from the car’s speedo either, according to the video description. The Proving Grounds uses Olympic Grade Tag Heuer laser traps and a Garmin GPS system to determine their numbers with a little more precision. Not that we’re disparaging McLaren’s speedometers, but a car’s speed is generally not the most accurate thing in the world no matter who is making it.
So does this mean that McLaren will start advertising the 720S as having a max speed of 215 mph? Not necessarily. McLaren might get their numbers from test tracks in Britain where ambient temperature and height above sea level can affect the 720S’s performance.
Just keep in mind that the 720S looked like it could have done more than 215 mph if it had more runway to play with.