720 HP Nissan GT-R Challenges Unbeaten McLaren 720S

It seems that some people are hell-bent on finding out just how dominant the McLaren 720S is, and what it takes in order to put its name in the loss column.

Of course, we’re thankful for that, because if it wasn’t for the owners of these cars, we would probably need to wait for Top Gear or The Grand Tour to show us what it would take to beat a McLaren 720S – and you’re never guaranteed such a segment wouldn’t take a turn for the comical, instead of being performance-oriented.

Alas, let’s run through what happened here between this stock 720S and a modded Nissan GT-R, putting down 720 horses of its own.

The GT-R features bolt-on mods and is running on E85 fuel, pushing out some 625 WHP, bringing the crank total to McLaren 720S levels. Then again, McLaren have apparently been holding back on the 720S’ real numbers, as it might actually put down in excess of 800 HP.

Both cars did standing and rolling starts, and you might say that the result is somewhat surprising, despite everything we already know about the 720S.


  • RDS Alphard

    720S’ high speed acceleration is so insane! But then 720S weights a lot less. McLaren always have quite insane launch despite being RWD, that’s true on the case since MP4-12C day… I remember one of Jeremy Clarkson’s video show how the McLaren managed to be almost on-par on R35’s launch.

    • anonymous

      I saw one doing a full-bore acceleration during launch event. That is not supercar speed. That is a hypercar-kind of fast. Made the Aventador looks normal.

      • RDS Alphard

        I’m surprised (and impressed) about the fact that, they managed to make such an insane launch-control.

  • EyalN

    i think 720s is a mistake. it is a hypercar in 1/4 of a price (or less). it is probably faster than pagani huayra that cost $1.5 million. the next hypercar Mclaren come out with needs to have gazillion horsepower to be much faster than the 720s

    • RDS Alphard

      I believe McLaren seriously underestimated 720S’ output, and really appreciate once awhile there’s a “supercar” with “hypercar” performance.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    It’s gonna take a Saturn V rocket to beat the 720S. I think McLaren was extremely modest with the numbers.

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