Road Tests Real world tests of McLaren F1 vs Aventador


So it should come as no surprise that Lamborghini’s new flagship can sprint to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and clear the quarter-mile in 10.5 sec.
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Top speed

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Like many modern sports cars, the Aventador’s top gear exists to maximize fuel economy during high-speed cruising; the car actually reaches its 217-mph top speed in sixth.3. . . 2. . . 1.
Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe | by Car and Driver (May, 2011)


All that said, when waxing lyrical about his brand's latest achievement, Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winklemann isn't as enamored with the Aventador's dynamite acceleration, or stratospheric top speed, or single-family-home price tag as he is with the supercar's handling.
Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe | by MotorTrend

1/4 mile

The 100-mph mark should pass in around 6.5 seconds and the quarter-mile will take less than 11.
Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe | by Car and Driver (May, 2011)

Nurburgring time

Maximum piston speeds have been reduced from almost 24 m/s at 8000 RPM, the Murcielago's redline, compared to 21 m/s at 8250 RPM at the Aventador's redline, resulting in fewer frictional losses.
Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe | by MotorTrend

Braking distance at 60mph

As with the fixed-roof model, the Roadster's other mechanical pleasantries include the aforementioned push-rod suspension with fixed damping, six-piston front calipers (over 15.74-inch carbon-ceramic rotors) and four-piston rear calipers (over 14.96-inch carbon-ceramic rotors).
Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe | by AutoBlog (Feb, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren F1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren F1

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Way more expensive sticker price $970k vs $376k More than 2.5x more expensive harder to own
Faster top speed 242 mph vs 217 mph 25 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 3,472 lb Around 30% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 7:11.0 vs 7:25.0 Around 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
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Reasons to consider the
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe

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A lot faster stopping from 60mph 106 ft vs 127 ft More than 15% faster stopping from 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 10.2 s vs 11.1 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Slightly sticky cornering g 1.01 g vs 0.86 g More than 15% sticky cornering g
More powerful engine 700 HP @ 8,250 RPM vs 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM More than 10% stronger engine
Slightly more torque 509 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM vs 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 10% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Higher redline 8,250 RPM vs 7,500 RPM 10% more revs
Slightly bigger engine 6,498 cc vs 6,064 cc More than 5% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


McLaren F1  vs
Brand McLaren Lamborghini
Price 970,000 376,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1992-1998 2011
City mileage 9 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG 17 MPG


Body style Coupe Coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed


Drivetrain 2WD 4WD
Shift system Manual Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7
Paddle shifters N/A N/A


Displacement 6,064 cc 6,498 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Air compressor None None
Compression ratio 11:1 11.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.4 in / 3.4 in 3.74 in / 3.01 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,513 lb 3,472 lb
Width 75.6 in 79.9 in
Height 44.1 in 44.7 in
Length 168.8 in 188.2 in
Front track width 61.7 in 68 in
Ground clearance 4.7 in 5.7 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 106.3 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes

road tests

McLaren F1  vs
Top speed 242 mph 217 mph
1/4 mile 11.1 s 10.2 s
0-60mph 3.2 s 2.9 s
0-100mph 6.3 s 5.8 s
0-200kph 9.4 s 8.6 s
Distance 127 ft 106 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.86 g 1.01 g
20.6km nurburgring time 7:11.0 7:25.0
Drag coefficient 0.32 0.32

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.01 lb/hp 4.96 lb/hp
Maximum hp 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM 700 HP @ 8,250 RPM
Maximum torque 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 509 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,500 RPM 8,250 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 42%/58% 43%/57%
Steering system Rack and pinion rack&pinionPAS

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent Independent
Front brakes Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs 15.75 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs 14.96 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheels 432/? 229 255/35 19
Wheel material Magnesium Steel
Rear wheels 432/? 292 508/? 305
Wheel material Magnesium Steel
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