Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren 720S Are Incredibly Close In A Straight Line

The McLaren 720S and Porsche 918 Spyder entered the market a few years apart and belong to different segments, not to mention price ranges, yet as this video shows, they are very well matched in a drag race.

Brooks from Drag Times recently pitted his orange 720S against a friend’s red 918 Spyder across four races at the well-prepped drag strip at Palm Beach International Raceway.

On paper, the Porsche 918 Spyder should have the edge. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine supplemented by a pair of electric motors to deliver a total of 875 hp and 944 lb-ft (1,280 Nm) of torque. It also has all-wheel drive and during testing here, recorded a best 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of 2.24 seconds.

Also Watch: Motor Trend Finds Out What Makes The McLaren 720S So Special

By comparison, the 720S uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 710 hp and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm). It also features rear wheel drive, which you’d think would result in acceleration a fair bit slower than the 918 Spyder. That’s not the case.

Of the four races held, the duo were neck-and-neck for all four. In the first, the McLaren technically beat the Porsche thanks to the driver’s better reaction time, but the 918 actually raced down the quarter-mile in 9.97 seconds compared to the McLaren’s 10.03. In the second, the Porsche once again dipped into the 9-second range with a 9.90 time compared to the 10.140 of the McLaren. We won’t spoil the results of the final two runs, so you can check them out yourselves.

 

  • Six_Tymes

    is his raccoon stock?

    • kisame

      The 720S is stock. He put on Toyo R888R’s though. Tbf, I haven’t seen a 720s owner that races at the dragstrip that still keeps the factory corsa’s on. Those corsa’s wear out very quickly at drag strips.

  • I really wonder what power is the 918 putting down on the wheels. This particular McLaren is supposedly making 690whp. There is a weight difference probably playing a role also.

  • lagunas3ca

    918 Spyder with no Weissach Package smh.

  • kisame

    1800 DA. 918 is less affected by air density since part of its power is electric. Both cars put down slower times than before because of it. Last time Brooks got the 918 to 9.7 and the 720s to 9.8.

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