McLaren 720S Dismisses Golden Rule, Takes On Tuned 911 Turbo

As most drag racing aficionados know, going up against a Porsche 911 Turbo S is already hard enough, so why challenge one that’s pushing 675 horses at the crank?

Well, that may not be that big of a problem for the new king of the drag strip that is the McLaren 720S – whose name doesn’t even come close to revealing how much power it actually has.

However, unlike the McLaren, the 911 Turbo S has all-wheel drive for better grip off the line, and this particular one is rocking about 100 HP more than a stock model.

So, it ought to be close, right? At least of the line. That’s what we were thinking initially, since a stock Turbo S needs just 2.9 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph), as does the 720S.

Without further ado, here’s what happened when these two titans faced off on the drag strip.


  • Ehhh I think GT2 RS is more appropriate by looking at the price points.

  • Knotmyrealname


  • Tumbi Mtika

    Get the GT2 in here. That Turbo is WEAK SAUCE.

  • Bo Hanan

    Mclarens follow no rules!

  • lagunas3ca

    Not much of a race when you give the other driver a 10 second head start.

    • raikkonen

      I know!!! Why has no one else mentioned that?
      Was the Porsche driver asleep???

    • Bo Hanan

      Ready-Set-Go! “Ready” being the operative word. Porsche was sleeping.

    • G82FS

      I do not think that I have ever seen such a large disparity in reaction time…

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      It would have been nice to see a best of 3 or 5. However, the 1/2 second delay in the Porsche drivers reaction time was inconsequential. I thought the Turbo S would have been closer but the 720s was putting significant distance between them.

  • nastinupe

    Even with the bad reaction time, the “modified” 911 Turbo still got smoked. Can’t wait to see what the 911 GT2 RS can do against the 720s.

  • smartacus

    That articulating rear wing was beautiful.
    and 142MPH trap speed is major league.

  • Vassilis

    Insanely good start by the McLaren. Initially I thought he jumped it.

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