The first production road car produced by the newly formed McLaren Automotive a dozen years back was powered by a twin turbo V8 engine unadorned by any hybrid drive. This new 750S is the last to make use of that powertrain. While there may be some very expensive, very low volume ‘specials’ to come that retain this configuration, so far as what passes of the mainstream down McLaren way, this is it. The Artura has already signalled the new direction of travel with its downsized, down-cylindered, hybrid-enhanced 3.0-litre V6 motor, and whatever succeeds the 750S will also be a hybrid, albeit it attached to a radically revised V8.
Expect the first of this new generation to come in about a year’s time, in the form of a car that will sit in the same conceptual space as the P1 did a decade ago: outrageous looks, a hybridised power output bound to be some distance into four figure territory and monster downforce.
But all that’s for later, for now the 750S is it: there’s not even going to be an LT version.
Its main, and some might say only direct rival is the Ferrari 296 GTB. There were those who thought that, because the Ferrari has a hybrid-assisted, 120-degree V6 motor like the Artura, they were the natural bedfellows, but if you look at price, performance, and power to weight ratio, it’s clear that this McLaren with its relatively old-school powertrain, is going to provide the Ferrari with a far bigger fright.