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Newest McLaren 720S reaches out to younger audience

New diminutive electric car features infotainment system and scissor doors

Published: June 27, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:54 PM

McLaren 720S Ride-On

Putting together another successful year, McLaren is reaching out to a younger audience with a new version of the recently-named 2019 World Performance Car 720S — a “Ride-On” model that is the second in the series, joining the 2016 P1 children’s model.

And in keeping with recent technology, the new diminutive electric car (with instrument panel display to show status of charge and driving range) features a world-class infotainment system that can play video or audio (pre-programmed or downloadable via USB and SD-card slots), and it is also capable of remote operation.

The new model will be available in eight colours from the actual McLaren colour palette — Azores Orange, Belize Blue, Lantana Purple, Onyx Black, Mauvine Blue, Silica White, Saros Grey and a Papaya Spark launch edition exclusive to McLaren retailers.

Styling is immediately identifiable as a McLaren 720S, with exposed carbon fibre elements and functioning scissor doors.

Power comes from an electric motor that has been enhanced to provide realistic internal combustion engine sounds (maybe a pedestrian-safety feature for future McLaren electric models?). Power is controlled by an accelerator pedal and stopping via a brake pedal (with a working brake light to alert other playground users). A working ignition powers the car up, while a remote allows parents to safely steer the car if the driver isn’t paying attention to the task of driving.

The car is available now at global toy stores, and through McLaren retailers, priced from £315 (about $525 Canadian).