Watch The Porsche 911 GT3 Beat The Much More Expensive McLaren 570S Track Pack

The Porsche 911 GT3 has, for a long time, been the sports car everyone has to beat on a track – and that happens probably because no rival has managed to keep this juggernaut down in terms of lap times and driver engagement so far.

McLaren’s entry-level 570S on the other hand has been universally appraised for offering a genuine supercar experience in a more affordable price, and the recently introduced Track Pack option wants to make it even more rewarding to customers who are frequent track-day attendees.

The Track Pack is limited to a set of carbon-fiber bucket seats that are 25kg lighter than the standard ones, a higher rear wing that provides more downforce, lightweight alloy wheels and a freer-flowing sports exhaust.

Those revisions might not sound that important, but McLaren reckons that a 570S fitted with the Track Pack is going to be around half a second to a second quicker around most tracks compared to the standard 570S.

The 911 GT3 is considerably cheaper than the McLaren, costing as much as £48,000 less than the 570S Track Pack, if you stay away from optional features. Simply put, you could buy a 911 GT3 and a 718 Cayman and a 911 GT3 to match the £159,750 starting price of the McLaren.

Not only it’s cheaper, but the 911 GT3 is also powered by a wonderful naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine that revs up to 9,000 rpm and has a chassis tuned by the gods over at Porsche’s GT department.

The 570S has an edge of performance thanks to its twin-turbo V8, which offers substantially more torque. And yet, it somehow lost. How did this happen? Watch for yourselves.

 

  • danno

    Great proofreading …
    “Simply put, you could buy a ‘911 GT3 and a 718 Cayman and a 911 GT3’ to match the £159,750 starting price of the McLaren.”
    2 GT3s and a 718, right….

    • Ryan50

      Even if they meant 1 GT3 and 1 718 Cayman…
      GT3- $143,600
      718 Cayman- $56,900
      143600 + 56900 = $200,500

      McLaren 570S= $187,300
      With the track pack it would be $210,960

      But, they say “you could buy a [911 GT3 and a 718 Cayman] to match the £159,750 starting price of the McLaren”
      £159,750 ~ $181,250 which is not $200k

      How much do these writers get paid?

      • Craig white

        It’s a completely moot comparison because although the Mclaren has a “track pack “ this is only for owners who occasionally take it to the track , it s not and was never meant to be a track car like the GT3 which is
        It’s the same as taking a BAC mono and comparing it to a GT3 around the track and saying that the BAC costs half but is quicker
        2 completely different cars , 2 completely different type of owners
        So as usual maybe the MagaZine or writers got bored and decided to write something for the sake of it , or they just don’t really get the car business at all !!??

  • Some ol’ bloke

    Pah, by half a second. You also have to consider that this is not really correct, as the 600lt is more direct rival – the proper track variant of the mclaren – like the gt3

    • Vassilis

      None of them are actual GT3 rivals. The price difference is massive.

      • exeptor

        As well as power. Not to mention the “famous” McLaren speed on track (we all remember when in the past McLaren was tagged as super quick but soulless … it had to meant something :)).

    • exeptor

      600LT (at least in theory and pure numbers) is not even in the league of GT3 RS … it has to be above it.

  • ViperGuy Dodge

    One word. TIRES
    You’re comparing Porsche specific MPSC2+ tires to older Pirelli P-Zero Corsas. McLaren MSO offers Trofeo R’s, which come standard on the 600LT. If the 570S had been fitted with same tires, Mac’s street sports car would have beat the GT3. I’ve driven bother cars on a track. The Mac is faster out of corners and in the straights. Faster cornering is only a tire away. Anyway, the 600LT targets the GT3/GT3RS, the 570S targets the Turbo S.

    • lagunas3ca

      The point of this article is that they’re comparing stock vs. stock.

      • Da Only Skid

        The point of this article is moot. Pointless.

  • Da Only Skid

    My take away is this. Who’s wallet is fatter, which car is more limited, blah, blah, blah. You can strap a V12 with chargers or boost and make it a rocket, put some springs on it, nice dampers…rolling sweet…

    This is like saying my cheetah will out run your F22 to 60 mph.

    Who cares. Would rather have 50 cheetahs to any of these cars. Probably cheaper to maintain as well…until I run out of neighbors.

  • ksegg

    Don’t care of this article is pointless.

    All hail the GT3. 😀

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