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Auto review: How'd they make it street legal?

Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Automotive News

There was more. A performance pack and carbon fiber pack, together, bumped up the suggested retail price by almost $22,000. Special seats added about $10,000. The Paris Blue paint job was $9,400.

Totally totted up, the add-ons and options pushed the buy-in to $378,215 from $288,845.

Unlike many of its rivals in the sports car world, McLaren is determined to make only sports cars. Executives have stated repeatedly that, though they added a more affordable line of 570 daily drivers in a bid to boost productivity, they will never build a sport utility vehicle -- which sets the company apart from other exotic car builders, such as Lamborghini and Bentley.

That fact will probably be more important to potential 720S buyers than the suggested retail price.

For those drivers, the essential detail about this car might be the icon that appears on the dashboard when Track mode is engaged. It's the icon of a race car driver, in reclining racing posture, dressed for the track in a helmet.

2018 McLaren 720S Coupe

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Times' take: A sweet street legal track car

Highs: Drives like a pro, even with an amateur at the wheel

Lows: Poor visibility and ergonomics for urban driving

Vehicle type: Two-door, two-passenger sports car


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