There are very few cars that characterize performance more than supercars. Chances are most of the readers of this article have had a supercar poster, screensaver, or HotWheels at some point in their lives, maybe even more recently than they want to see. ‘admit.
Unfortunately, the dream of owning one of these beasts slowly begins to fade as people grow older and financial and logistical restrictions crush those dreams. Yet there are a lucky few who manage to make our childhood dreams come true, enjoying the luxury and unrivaled performance of these supercars. However, even though not all of us can buy or drive these cars, although there are luxury car rental companies that offer the opportunity to drive a supercar for a day, these cars are still worth looking at , simply for the immense aesthetic beauty and powerful performance that underpins all automotive culture.
So, with all that in mind, let’s compare two modern supercars; the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S and the 2021 McLaren 720S, fantasizing which we’d buy into if given the chance.
The power of the Porsche 911 Turbo S
There are very few cars that have retained their iconic shape for as long as the Porsche 911, and let’s be honest, why should they change? It works really well.
The Porsche 911 has been around since its introduction in 1964 and to say the automotive world is getting better is simply an understatement. The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S not only honors the power and performance of previous 911s, but capitalizes on the best of modern technology to create a powerful, powerful and capable supercar. So, let’s dive into the details of what makes the 2021 Turbo S so good.
First and foremost, as many would have guessed, is the engine. Porsche has incorporated a twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter boxer flat-six engine that creates a monstrous 640 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque in the Turbo S configuration. This leads the 911 Turbo S to destroy 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and keep accelerating if you want, and provided you can manage it, up to 205 mph. Some even claim that the 911 Turbo S is actually even faster and capable of 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, completing the quarter mile in 10.3 seconds.
Additionally, the Turbo S features an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive that sends power to all four wheels. An offset wheel setup helps maximize traction and ensure every bit of power can be put to use, whether on the street or on the track. The car is also fitted with massive carbon-ceramic brakes, 420mm at the front and 390mm at the rear, to ensure that the car has more than enough stopping power to match the performance level.
The power of the McLaren 720S
From their experience in F1, it’s no surprise that McLaren has created and continues to create unique supercars synonymous with poster-level performance.
From their curvy, raked lines to the vocal F1-like exhausts, there’s so much to love about McLarens. So what makes the 2021 720S so special?
Well, again, as expected, it’s a bold and beautiful powertrain that makes this majestic threat unique. At the heart of this car is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that creates a truly monstrous 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, helping it smash 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. If that wasn’t enough, keep stomping on the throttle and you’ll simply rip the quarter mile in just 10.3 seconds. However, some sources claim it’s still faster in practice, completing the quarter mile in just 10.1 seconds and accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Unlike the Porsche, however, the 720S sends power to the rear wheels only via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Additionally, like the Turbo S, the 720S also features carbon-ceramic brakes with 390mm brakes in the front and 380mm brakes in the rear. However, the 720S features an all-carbon fiber structure that significantly reduces weight, making it drastically lighter than the Porsche 911 Turbo S, 3,128 lbs versus 3,636 lbs.
Who is the winner?
Unfortunately, very few have the privilege of being able to put these two cars head to head, and we all know that what’s on paper doesn’t always reflect reality. Just think about the indicated fuel consumption and the actual fuel consumption. Luckily, the video above puts these two vehicles head-to-head, so you can see which is faster in both a drag race and a rolling race.
But before deciding on the ultimate winner of acceleration alone, there’s one last key factor to consider: price. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is the clear winner in this category, priced at $207,000 without any optional extras, while the McLaren 720S starts at around $302,000 without any extras.
With everything in mind, the Porsche 911 Turbo S comes out on top, having the distinct advantage of all-wheel drive and being nearly $100,000 cheaper.
Sources: HotCars, Porsche, McLaren and YouTube
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