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IT STOPS AS QUICKLY AS IT GOES A Porsche engineer once explained to me that its cars are engineered to decelerate as quickly as they accelerate. In other words, if a 911 hits 62mph in 3.5 seconds, it must stop to a standstill in the same period of time. The 720S exceeds this target, braking


from 62mph to zero in 29.7m and 2.8 seconds – 0.1 seconds less than it takes to get there. Huge carbon-ceramic discs also stop the 720S from 124mph (200kph) in 117m and 4.6 seconds, and


Need for speed: McClaren 720S


blasts to 124mph (200kph) in 7.8


seconds and reaches a quarter-mile in 10.3 seconds


from 186mph (300kph) in just 260m and 6.9 seconds, aided by an active rear spoiler that deploys as a near-vertical airbrake. Such stopping power is hugely reassuring in a car so swift. And here too, the 720S is within a hair’s breadth of the epochal P1.


THE STEERING IS SUBLIME With a few very minor exceptions, McLaren is the only carmaker that persists with hydraulic power steering. Even Ferrari has shifted to fuel-saving electric steering for its new 812 Superfast and Portofino. The advantage of a hydraulic rack is a proper, physical connection between the palms of your hands and the rubber on the road. High- pressure fluid is used to turn the wheels rather than an electric motor, and the result is usually more faithful feedback


and enhanced


steering feel. The 720S has superb


steering, its flat-bottomed wheel communicating every nuance of the road surface and residual grip. Frankly, in a


car 26.4mpg on 98 that manages


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