2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Already A Loser In The Eyes Of The McLaren 720S

We already know what the next-generation Porsche 911 looks like. We know this because a production model was spotted without any camouflage a couple of weeks ago.

What we don’t know is just how fast the flagship versions will be, such as the 911 Turbo or Turbo S models. Rumor has it that the Turbo will send around 600 horsepower to its four wheels, whereas the ‘S’ should get a little more, although the exact number remains a mystery.

Off the line, the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo should continue to be a force to be reckoned with. To expect a sub 3-second 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time is normal, especially since the current model is pretty much there already.

Here, we have footage of a prototype of the next-gen 911 Turbo (or Turbo S, we don’t know), albeit in Cabriolet form, which does make a difference but not a huge one. The 6-minute long video, courtesy of Automotive Mike, invites you to admire the prototype as it rockets around the Nurburgring, sounding properly loud and looking extremely planted.

However, by far the most interesting part occurs around the 5-minute mark when the Porsche encounters a McLaren 720S just as it’s about to floor it on the circuit’s long straight.

The McLaren’s driver then activates the turn signal to indicate that they’re about to move over to the right side of the track, although once they do and the 911 attempts to overtake, the 720S takes off too, for what appears to be the world’s first high-speed rolling start drag race between the all-new Turbo/Turbo S and the McLaren 720S.

How cool is that?


  • Ermal Morina

    maan,the 720S is just another monster

    • Bo Hanan

      And I bet the MAC was driven by an owner and not a professional test-driver.

  • nastinupe

    For those of you that don’t want to watch the entire 6 minute video, fast forward to 5:04.

  • SteersUright

    Porsches are known for their agility yet this prototype looks ponderous and heavy, never quite finding a ton of grip and howling through all the corners.
    The McLaren is definitely impressively fast, but doesnt that model cost much more than a 911 Turbo?

    • D3X

      911 Turbo MSRP is $184,200.
      720S is $100K more.
      So you’re absolutely right.

    • Matt

      That’s what everyone says when they watch prototype videos at the Nurburgring. The fact is it only ‘looks’ like it’s having a hard time because the development drivers are deliberately pushing the car to expose any weaknesses in the suspension, tyre choice and/or stability systems.

      If they were trying for a fast lap this thing would look as agile as any 911 before.

  • Shelby GT500

    McLaren 720S is one level higher than 911 Turbo and it’s more expensive. These are cars of different classes.

    • D3X

      Exactly, where’s the GT2 RS in this comparison? pound for pound, dollar for dollar.

      McLaren 720S: $284,470
      Porsche 911 GT2 RS: $294,250

      • Six_Tymes

        good point.

  • flamin hot powah

    Damn and the 720S is almost half way through its lifetime if the successor is launched at the same interval as the 720S was to the 650S.

  • Matthew Boyd

    That titles misleading… they’re also on a straight.

  • Six_Tymes

    wow, that’s not good.

    • Matt

      Care to explain?

      • Beelzaboot teriaksun

        maybe because the 720s was launched a year ago ?

        • Matt

          What does that have to do with anything? They’re not in the same class/segment.

  • K X J I ⚪️

    Let’s just wait for the Turbo S E-Hybrid.

  • Stratos

    That’s when the overpriced beetle tries to bite more than it can chew! Love it!

    • Matt

      How many Beetle parts does a 2020 911 have?

      • Stratos

        A lot more than you think!

        • Matt

          Name one.

          • Stratos

            There’s a huge overlap of parts between Audi VW and Porsche. A lot of same parts with different labels find there way in their perspective cars. It’s the way the industry works

          • Matt

            You’ve given a broad overview of VAG models in general, my question was about the 911 sharing parts with the Beetle. Many 911 fans call the cars ‘beetles’ in an affectionate way, but you seem to use the term as an insult even though there’s no truth behind it.

          • Stratos

            Matt, you’re absolutely right!

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    There is a substitute for Porsche after all!

    • Bo Hanan

      And Ferrari.

  • GobbleUp

    Same old yawn 911 as always.

  • Bob

    I try not to comment on Porsches that are being tested. The 918 looked marginally quicker than an LFA while still testing.

  • Chim Chim

    Mclaren- Not a daily driver.

    Porsche- Yes, daily driver, any of them.

  • Belthronding

    911 turbo is never match against 720S but gt2 rs should be.

    • Beelzaboot teriaksun

      Just no.

      If things are how you say they are, with what model will the 720-based LT compare to?

  • Beelzaboot teriaksun

    no it wouldn’t be fair.

    Keep in mind the next LT super-series from McLaren that will show itself this year/next year.

    That goes against the GT2 RS. The “base” 720s goes against the Turbo

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