McLaren Shows Off Slick Folding Driver Display for 720S

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

McLaren has slowly been releasing information on the successor to its 650S supercar over the last month or so and today showed off the vehicle’s revolutionary new Folding Driver Display.

In ‘Full Display’ mode, the folding digital dash cluster will display a comprehensive range of info and will self-adjust its interface when the car switches between its Comfort, Sport or Track driving modes. In ‘Slim Display’ mode, the cluster will fold flat and recede into the dashboard, only showing necessary information such as RPM and speed. McLaren says this is ideal for the track or other driving situations where one would want minimal distractions.

The folding display in the second-generation McLaren Super Series will be joined by an 8-inch centrally-mounted infotainment screen. Operating McLaren’s all-new infotainment software, the vertical touchscreen will be able to run multiple applications simultaneously and will complement the operations of the folding display.

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“The new McLaren Driver Interface is a matchless example of advanced driver engagement built around two separate high-definition screens; a Folding Driver Display and a Central Infotainment Touchscreen,” Mark Vinnels, executive director of product development at McLaren, said in a statement. “The Folding Driver Display is revolutionary in offering both a choice of information shown and physical position, seamlessly complementing driver preferences while at the same time furnishing a glorious piece of engineering theatre.”

McLaren also promises the 650S successor, to be called the 720S, will boast a “light, airy cabin,” that features “unparalleled visibility and space.” The driver-focused interior space will feature switches machined from aluminum and the “finest leather upholstery and trim,” to offer a blend of “hand-crafted luxury and innovative technology.”

The next instalment in McLaren’s Super Series will feature a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine joined by a new advanced adaptive chassis and a restyled body that offers 15 percent better aerodynamic efficiency and 50 percent more downforce than the 650S. An electronic variable drift mode, an active rear wing, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires and standard carbon-fiber brakes will also be present.

More information on the new McLaren 720S will become available following its debut in Geneva later this month, but for now, you can see the Folding Driver Display in action in the video embedded below.

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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