Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Finds Out What A McLaren 720S Can Do

It’s been almost 10 months since Lamborghini launched their Aventador SVJ flagship, a Nurburgring-conquering, 770 PS (759 HP) supercar that recently proved it can also cover a 1/4 mile in 10.59 seconds.

Its straight line prowess is among the very best in the business, and it should be, seen as how its naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine also produces 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) of torque, and allows for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time of 2.8 seconds, plus a top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h).

Sounds pretty formidable, right? Normally, yes. However, the wheelie-pulling Lambo had to go up against the McLaren 720S recently in a 1/4 mile drag race – and as everyone knows by now, the 720S isn’t in the habit of losing these types of match-ups. The McLaren’s engine is a 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V8, pushing out 720 PS (710 HP) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque. That’s less power but more torque than the Aventador SVJ.

Unfortunately for the latter, the McLaren also happens to weigh some 200 kg (441 lbs) less, to go with the groundbreaking way in which it slips through the air at high speed. On paper, the 720S is 0.1 seconds slower to hit 62 mph, and will max out at 212 mph (341 km/h), which would technically put the SVJ at an advantage, if this was a 0-62 race that is.

In the end, despite getting off to a better start off the line, the Lambo gets bullied by the McLaren in typical 720S fashion, where you feel that instead of 720 horses, it’s working with considerably more power.


  • Aiman Rahman

    Well it wasn’t exactly unexpected now was it? The 720s is the supercar king and even the purists know it. The original LP700-4 is my favourite car of all time but the 720s is simply the best supercar you can buy. Nothing compares to it in its price range or even something 1/2 a million more expensive.

    • robert lulek

      I have both Lamborghini and McLaren and would never take the McLaren over the Lamborghini and I have both cars.prior I had a Lamborghini super valachi roadster that I am sorry I trade it in for the McLaren. The McLaren is only fast in a straight line with no sound or drama or looks. Race them around a track and then McLaren will get dusted

  • Zandit75

    Put them on a proper race track. Is the 720S just a one trick pony like most Tesla’s?

    • SQLGeek

      Yep, the 720s would win. Nothing touches the it for under 1 million bucks (like a 918 – that would walk a 720s). Or you’ll need 900-1000HP if bringing a GT-R, etc

      And you’re not really a car enthusiast are you? McLaren is the second most successful team in Formula One history after Ferrari. Asking if McLaren can build a great handling car is like asking if Freddie Mercury can sing, Yeah, I think so.

      • Zandit75

        I’m a definite enthusiast, but I’m starting to suspect you have no idea what you’re talking about.
        Which car currently holds the record on the Nurburgring? Where does the 918 sit on the lap time list?(I’ll give you a hint, it’s higher than 5th, but lower than 3rd)
        Here’s some more telling details.
        SVJ Nurburgring lap time – 6:44.97
        720S Nurburgring lap time – 7:08.34
        SVJ Hockenheim GP Track lap time – 1:47.30
        720S Hockenheim GP Track lap time – 1:48.20
        Hopefully the McLaren F1 team have nothing to do with the current crop of road cars.

    • Vassilis

      That’s a bit of a stretch.

      • Zandit75

        In what way?

        • Vassilis

          The 720S isn’t a one-trick pony.

          • Zandit75

            And yet, just like all of the Tesla videos, straight line drags is all we see it do.

          • Vassilis

            That says more about their drivers rather than the car…

  • robert lulek

    I have both a Lamborghini performante and McLaren 720’s and I will tell you I will never buy another McLaren they are so boring. I much prefer the sound and the drama of the Lamborghini. I don’t care that the McLaren is faster in a straight line. The Lamborghini looks better and has an insane sound but the McLaren can never have. Put them on a racetrack and the McLaren will get dusted by the Lamborghini around a track. The nurburgring time of McLaren is 7 minutes 15 seconds by the way

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