If the car’s in Sport or Track mode with the skid-control on Dynamic, it can move to a drift mode. Because the selected slip angle for the drift comes up on a bar on the multimedia screen in the central display, you can just swipe it one way for a wilder drift or back the other for a more modest slide.
The full telemetry system can record the throttle angle, the lateral and longitudinal G readings as well as sector times, lap times and speed.
The most obvious addition to the aero package is the headlights, which look like weird eye sockets. They have the thin indicator light flanked above and below by air intakes to get clean air in, early. It also has complex side aerodynamics to flow the air into the tiny air intakes ahead of the rear wheels.
McLaren insists the overall cooling efficiency is up 15%.
The full-width rear wing delivers 30% more downforce than the 650S’s wing, doubles as an air brake and shifts the centre of aerodynamic pressure forward under braking to enhance its stability.
Those doors, which look inspired by the Ford GT40, answer one of the key criticisms of the 650S. It was too hard for some people to get into. They cut deep into the roof.
The folding instrument cluster folds into its flatter TFT screen whenever the car is unlocked.
So when the new 720S arrives in SA, you can expect it to be as clever as it is stunning.