Two of the hottest McLarens of the moment, the 600LT Coupe and the Senna, were drag raced against each other over a 1,000-meter (0.62-mile) distance.
Now, the result is more than obvious, as you don’t need to be a car expert to know which is faster. But what is interesting is the difference between the two in the real world. On paper, the Senna has many advantages over its lesser sibling, which was built to bridge the gap between the Sports and Super Series models, with power being the most important one.
The Senna’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 800 PS (789 hp / 588 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque, rocketing it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds and up to 335 km/h (208 mph). That’s 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW) and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque more than you’d get in the 600LT, which is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8.
Weight is another factor, and here the balance tilts in favor of the Senna again, which tips the scales at 1,198 kg (2,641 lbs) dry, or 49 kg (108 lbs) less than the 600LT. Nevertheless, the latter is just 0.1 seconds slower to 100 km/h (62 mph) and maxes out at a still pretty nifty 328 km/h (204 mph).
The Senna was thus the indisputable, and unsurprising, winner in the drag race conducted by MotorsportMagazine. But just how far behind was the LT? After all, a tenth of a second in the 0-62 mph sprint doesn’t tell the whole story, does it?