McLaren 720S Finally Gets To Have Its Tesla Model S P100D Battle

Despite the recent arrival of the McLaren Senna a d the new 600LT, it’s the 720S that remains the British marque’s most impressive model when it comes to embarrassing other cars in a straight line.

We watched it dispatch pretty much everything from the Demon to a tuned Porsche 911 Turbo or a 930 HP Nissan GT-R. Not even a BMW S1000RR superbike was enough to beat the 720S, which means the Tesla definitely has its work cut out.

Off the line, the Model S P100D is pretty formidable. Put it in Ludicrous mode and you can take off as fast as just about anything else on this planet – the problem is building on that momentum as you get closer to the 1/4 mile mark.

The two cars ran against each other multiple times, yielding the same result over and over, as the 720S would not be denied once it got up to speed. Its amazing aerodynamic features are simply too much to overcome, even when its opponents are considerably more powerful.

In the end, while the Tesla Model S P100D is a 10-second car when it comes to the 1/4 mile, the McLaren 720S, which allegedly has a lot more than just 720 horses under the hood, can cover the same distance in the 9’s, just like a Porsche 918 Spyder or a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.


  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

  • Big Black Duck

    true king is the 720 S…its more spectacular when you see it in the flesh

  • Six_Tymes

    why did the tesla driver wait in the first run? I know the raccoon is fast, but something isn’t right here

    • exeptor

      “He redline. Motherfucker redline”. Not sure if this was a redline or a pretty, pretty good timing fro 720S. Still even with a small redlining the outcome was dramatic.

    • Evo45

      McLaren driver started before the green light, that’s probably why.

  • TheBelltower

    “…while the Tesla Model S P100D is a 10-second car when it comes to the 1/4 mile”

    Not here it wasn’t. After the first 1/8 mile, it was toast.

  • Dude

    Obvious outcome is obvious. Can’t wait to see another billion “Tesla vs …” videos when the roadster comes out

    • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

      If the Roadster comes out.

      • Dude

        Funni joke. It’ll come out, but probably not within 2 years like Musk wants

        • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

          Lets hope it is more reliable than the trash they are currently churning out then.

          • Dude

            They’re more reliable than FCA and as reliable as GM (excluding Ford) so I’m not worried about it.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            JD Power Survey: Tesla owners acknowledge numerous quality issues, but love their cars anyway.

            Its hilarious. Tesla owners and fans and cultists.

          • Dude

            Fiat makes cars of worse quality and reliability but their owners often love their cars. Labeling them as cultists would be very stupid no?

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            People on the internet don’t seem to go out of their way to defend Sergio Marchionne and his company’s brands, like people do with Elon Musk and Tesla. Most FCA owners like their cars and trucks, but are happy to move on to another brand if they’re not happy.

            Tesla seems to appeals to the same lemming-like Apple and Starbucks devotees.

          • Dude

            Oh I don’t disagree with the fact that there are many Tesla fanboys; I think that’s to be expected when I company has so much hype and crazy ambition but most of the owners I know and see are 40+ yr olds that just want something nice and quiet that can use the hov lane.

          • TheBelltower

            As one of these 40-plus Tesla owners, I like to cruise in the HOV lane in AP when I want to. But I also like to eat Porsches for lunch at stoplights when I want to!

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            Possibly. HOV lanes are so rare in my country that it wouldn’t be worth it, but still plenty of fanboys. Its really sad those that defend Tesla to the hilt have never driven one. I have and feel they don’t command the premium over an equivalent ICE vehicle, which is why they remain a rare sight here.

  • Abdul Aziz Mohamed

    Electric engine have a lot of advantages over combustion engine.

    • Six_Tymes

      you mean Motors over engines

  • Anthony James

    The fact that people compare what is essentially a family car to the likes of McLarens is testament to its success. Amazing

    • It’s a comparison of a versatile family saloon with a track-day double the price supercar. The ICE technology shows its age and inferiority.

      • D3X

        Errrr, do a 3rd run on the same charge on that Tesla and it’ll be 10% slower than the first. The 720S will always be that fast as long as it has fuel. There’s absolutely no way a Tesla can do a track-day.

        • rodriguez256

          “720 will always be that fast as long as it has fuel” the same could be said about the Tesla. It will always be that fast as long as it has a charge. Idk unless the heat affects the batteries on the Tesla.

          • D3X

            Exactly. As the battery discharges, it creates a lot of heat. There’s an article on here about a Tesla Model S GT Race car that pretty much can do only 1 lap and then off to the pits to cool off.

            On the production based Tesla, the software basically throttles the discharge based on temperature. So basically you get lower performance as the battery heats up, and then eventually to “reduced power mode” where you limp back to the pits.

            As I said, a Tesla is a terrible Track car, there’s plenty of articles on this.

  • Craig

    The McClaren 720S ‘base price’ is $285,000.

  • brn

    Tesla has a very limited top end. I think we knew that.

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