McLaren Automotive and Bowers & Wilkins collaborate on bespoke surround-sound system for new McLaren 750S supercar

Following the long-standing relationship and successful launch of the Px8 McLaren Edition headphones at the end of 2022, the partnership between British brands McLaren Automotive and Bowers & Wilkins continues to thrive with the launch of the new McLaren 750S.

The lightest and most powerful series-production McLaren, the 750S boasts an improved infotainment system, enhances external features, as well as a new Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound audio system. The new V8-engined, rear-wheel drive 750S – which is available in coupe and convertible form – is unashamedly a supercar for the purist.

The key improvement of the Bowers & Wilkins system is the inclusion of the brand’s proprietary Continuum™ Cone.  Originally developed by Bowers & Wilkins for its award-winning 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers, as found in Abbey Road Studios, and refined over eight years of intensive development, the revolutionary Continuum™ Cone uses its composite construction to absorb vibrations that can impair the performance of a conventional drive unit.

Two 100mm Continuum® midrange speakers are fitted, one in each car door. The result is a more open, neutral performance that reproduces the original recording as faithfully as possible and reveals details in your music that conventional automotive audio systems simply cannot uncover.

Five 25mm Nautilus™ Aluminium Double Dome tweeters can be found in the dashboard, A-pillar and in the rear of the new 750S.  Each tweeter features Nautilus™ diffusers: spiralling channels that dissipate reflected sound waves that emanate from the rear of the drive unit to deliver cleaner, more natural-sounding high frequencies.

The high-power system, which has been developed specifically for the 750S by Bowers & Wilkins, also features the premium audio specialist’s trademark central Tweeter-on-Top for incredible sound fidelity. The system is completed by three further midrange speakers and two Rohacell® bass drivers, giving a total of 12 high-performance speakers. The result is sound that’s superbly detailed, with unwanted resonances reduced to a minimum.

Alongside all of this advanced technology, the new Surround Sound System in the 750S benefits from a collaborative design, enabling Bowers & Wilkins’ proven technologies to deliver an automotive audio system that reveals the most authentic reproduction of the original recording possible, a philosophy Bowers & Wilkins refers to as True Sound.

“The long-standing partnership between McLaren and Bowers & Wilkins began with a conversation about how we can work together to enhance the occupant’s audio experience, which we know is fundamental to how our customers experience a McLaren supercar.  

“By combining our respective expertise in automotive and audio engineering, together McLaren and Bowers & Wilkins have created a thrilling and immersive audio environment.

“Great care, thought and expertise was dedicated to finding the precise placement and calibration of the new Bowers & Wilkins audio system in the 750S to ensure that the occupants enjoy unparalleled sound quality, adding an additional layer of enjoyment to the McLaren experience.”
Andrea Bermudez, Global Marketing Director, McLaren Automotive

Full System Architecture
5 x 25mm Nautilus™ Aluminium Double Dome tweeters in the dashboard, A-pillar and in the rear
2 x 100mm Continuum™ midrange speakers
3 x 80mm midrange speakers
2 x 200mm Dual voice coil Rohacell® bass drivers
14-Channel, 1400W Class-D Amplifier

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