It happens pretty often that a producer makes a high-performance vehicle. It’s all a bit of a trick because there’s a chance the producer is really underrating that vehicle. The only thing you shold know is that is much more powerful than the rival, but it doesn’t have to be a lot more, as long as it’s better. In reality, it could be way way better.

This seems to be the same thing with  McLaren and its new 720S. The numbers in its name show us its metric horsepower rating. This is the output figure posted for the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine it’s found in the rear half of the 720S.

The actual engine horsepower could be as much as 780 horsepower, possibly even higher

Anyway, when one of Woking’s newest steeds was placed on a DynoJet, the results were a bit better than the factory wanted. BoostAddict found horsepower figures of 694, 696, and 699. Those figures, mind you, are at the rear wheels. That means the actual engine horsepower could be as much as 780 horsepower, possibly even higher.

McLaren is sandbagging heavily on the 720S. We are happy for the shocked expressions of Ferrari 488 GTB owners when the British super speeder goes howling past. This isn’t the first time that McLaren has played with reported power figures.

McLaren said the 570S made 562 crank horsepower, but at the wheels it actually made over 530 horsepower . It’s fibbing, but it’s the kind that makes us have crooked smile.

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