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.