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2019 McLaren 720S Track Pack Preview & Buyer's Guide

McLaren unveiled the track-specific 720S GT3 at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, though selling a car that has been 90% reworked under the same label is questionable at best. Now, to bridge the gap, McLaren has released the 720S Track Pack, which tacks a laundry list of aero bits and weight-shavings onto the road-legal car to enhance its own track-day potential.

Exterior Styling

Much of the McLaren 720S's exterior styling receives subtle tweaks when buyers opt to check the Track Pack option box. The least subtle change comes in the form of a massive, molded carbon fiber rear spoiler that is also available as an option on the base-spec 720S. The spoiler is finished in gloss and features active tech for variable driving conditions. Carbon fiber has replaced the standard air intakes up front, as well as on the rearview mirror caps, to balance out the aesthetic symmetry.

Of course, throwing a few more pieces of carbon fiber onto a car that's almost entirely built out of the miracle material might seem like a minor change to those not religiously dedicated to the minor differences between McLaren's many models (not to mention the limited-edition packages coming out of the Special Operations Wing. At the very least, lightweight forged-alloy, 10-spoke wheels should help the layman recognize the 2019 720S in Track Pack trim. Sport exhaust fits into the mix, though its design isn't radically altered enough to signify anything particularly noticeable when compared with lower-spec siblings.

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Drivetrain & Mechanicals

Overall, the Track Pack is mostly a weight-shaving set of options, and the drivetrain of the 720S is entirely unaffected (unless you count larger, carbon-fiber shifter paddles to be a part of the drivetrain, that is). That means the 720S Track Pack comes with McLaren's wildly successful combination of the M840T engine paired to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.

The M840T debuted on the 720S when it replaced the outgoing 650S in May 2017. Like its predecessor, it is a twin-turbocharged V8, but there much of the similarities end. Where the 650S displaced 3.8 liters, the 720S is reworked to 4.0 liters, and fully 41% of the engine components are new. Out put is increased to 710 horsepower at 7,000 RPM, while torque figures reach 568 lb-ft at 5,500 RPM.

The 720S utilizes a modified carbon chassis that is both lighter and stiffer than the 650S, which combined with McLaren's Proactive Chassis Control II and Variable Drift Mode makes the car better in the corners just as much as it is in the straightaways. A 0-60 sprint clocks in at under 2.9 seconds, on the way to a 212 mph top speed. Quarter mile times have dropped to the mid-9 seconds. Lap records are where the Track Pack hopes to differentiate itself, and its total of 53 pounds shed and improved aero features should prove effective at shaving tenths of seconds here and there.

Interior & Tech

Inside the cockpit, Track Pack owners can expect to receive improved carbon fiber racing seats (available in both a regular and a Touring size choices), the aforementioned carbon fiber shift paddles, and a steering wheel clad in Alcantara. Racing harnesses are strapped to a titanium bar bolted in behind the front seats.

Complementing the physical changes that come in a Track Pack-equipped 720S is a suite of track-day data-logging software that employs three cameras to provide driver feedback on top of the standard lap time measurements. Other than that, McLaren's sparsely populated, if moderately luxurious, interior comes standard with a folding driver display and, of course, copious carbon fiber trim.

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Pricing & Buying

A base McLaren 720S runs around $285,000 with zero extra options boxes checked. Essentially, the Track Pack selects all the performance-enhancing and weight-trimming options that were previously available as individual selections and combines it into one single package. Available on the 720S Performance, which starts at just over $300,000, the Track Pack itself costs $28,000—the math reveals that it saves a few grand versus checking all the right boxes on a 2018 720S. Pre-orders are open through McLaren, with deliveries set for early 2019.

Competition

Competition for the 720S Track Pack comes in the form of the world's other spectacular sports cars, including some other McLaren products. Both the Lamborghini Huracan and Ferrari 488GTB start at lower prices, but as is always the case with high-end, mid-engined supercars, those prices can escalate quickly. For a different layout, the rear-engined Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the front-engined Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are just about the same cost. Of course, driver preference is the sole determining factor here, though it's safe to say the 720S with the Track Pack in the hands of the right pilot will probably set lap times slightly better than the competition.

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