world), I’m glad McLaren decided to forgo electric assistance. Sipping fuel is hardly this car’s raison d’être.
WAKE UP YOUR NEIGHBOURS Actually, that’s not strictly true. The McLaren will serve up throttle-blipping theatrics on start-up, but only if you jump through several hoops first. Turn on the ignition and switch chassis and powertrain settings to Track mode. Then put your foot on the brake and press the starter button. A squirt of fuel is injected – then ignited – in the exhaust and BRAAAAP! The 720S starts with all the subtlety of a shotgun. A little immature perhaps, but fun. Fire-up the 720S normally and it will
still wake up your neighbours. But it isn’t deliberately, absurdly OTT like a Lamborghini or Jaguar F-Type SVR. Pops and bangs from the twin exhausts are fairly muted, the soundtrack dominated by the whoosh of the twin-scroll turbochargers. It sounds potent and purposeful, both mechanical and slightly synthetic. Ultimately, the 720S doesn’t deliver the aural