Road Tests Real world tests of McLaren F1 vs Exige S

0-60mph

McLaren F1
3.2 s
Exige S
4.1 s

Top speed

McLaren F1
242 mph
Exige S
151 mph

0-100mph

McLaren F1
6.3 s
Exige S
12.5 s

1/4 mile

McLaren F1
11.1 s
Exige S
13 s

Nurburgring time

McLaren F1
7:11.0
Exige S
8:25.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren F1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren F1

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Faster top speed 242 mph vs 151 mph 91 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more expensive sticker price $970k vs $60k Around 16.2x more expensive harder to own
Much more powerful engine 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM vs 240 HP @ 7,800 RPM More than 2.5x stronger engine
A lot faster in the quarter mile 11.1 s vs 13 s Around 15% faster at the drag strip
Significantly more torque 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 170 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM Around 2.8x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much bigger engine 6,064 cc vs 1,800 cc More than 3.2x bigger engine
Faster to 60mph 3.2 s vs 4.1 s More than 20% faster to 60mph
Much faster to 200kph 9.4 s vs 22.7 s 2.4x faster to 200kph
Much great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 7:11.0 vs 8:25.0 Around 15% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
Front view of Lotus Exige S

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Lotus Exige S

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Lighter curb weight 2,068 lb vs 2,513 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Higher redline 8,000 RPM vs 7,500 RPM More than 5% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

McLaren F1  vs
Exige S 
Brand McLaren Lotus
Price 970,000 59,890
Year 1992-1998 2006

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.01 lb/hp 8.62 lb/hp
Maximum hp 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM 240 HP @ 7,800 RPM
Maximum torque 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 170 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,500 RPM 8,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,064 cc 1,800 cc
Air compressor None Supercharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.4 in / 3.4 in 3.23 in / 3.35 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,513 lb 2,068 lb
Width 75.6 in 68 in
Height 44.1 in 45.6 in
Length 168.8 in 149.5 in
Front track width 61.7 in 57.4 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 90.6 in

road tests

McLaren F1  vs
Exige S 
Top speed 242 mph 151 mph
1/4 mile 11.1 s 13 s
0-60mph 3.2 s 4.1 s
0-100mph 6.3 s 12.5 s
0-200kph 9.4 s 22.7 s
20.6km nurburgring time 7:11.0 8:25.0

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Axle ratio 2.37:1 4.53:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Disc
Rear brakes Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Disc
Front wheels 432/? 229 406/? 165
Rear wheels 432/? 292 432/? 190
McLaren F1
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Lotus Exige S
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