Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs Audi R8

0-60mph

Top speed

MP4-12C
205 mph

0-100mph

Top Gear track time

MP4-12C
1:16.20

1/4 mile

Nurburgring time

MP4-12C
7:28.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

Reasons to consider the
McLaren MP4-12C

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Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:16.20 vs 1:21.60 More than 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 11.5 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 205 mph vs 195 mph 10 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More expensive sticker price $229k vs $146k More than 55% more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 3.1 s vs 3.4 s Around 10% faster to 60mph
More powerful engine 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM Around 15% stronger engine
More torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM vs 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM Around 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Lighter curb weight 3,161 lb vs 3,564 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Faster to 200kph 8.7 s vs 11.8 s More than 25% faster to 200kph
Default view of Audi R8

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Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro

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Bigger engine 5,200 cc vs 3,799 cc More than 35% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MP4-12C  vs
Audi R8 
Brand McLaren Audi
Price 229,000 146,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2010
City mileage 11 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 17 MPG

design

Body style Coupe Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD Permanent Quattro 4WD w/Electronic Diffential Lock (EDL)
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6

engine

Displacement 3,799 cc 5,200 cc
Cylinders V8 V10
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.7:1 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.33 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Audi R8 
Top speed 205 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 3.4 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 7.6 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 11.8 s
Top gear time 1:16.20 1:21.60
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:44.0
Laguna seca lap time 1:34.50 1:40.20
Hockenheim short lap time 1:08.70 1:10.90

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 6.88 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 8,700 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,564 lb
Width 75.2 in 76 in
Height 47.2 in 49.3 in
Length 177.4 in 174.6 in
Front track width 65.2 in 64.5 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 65 in
McLaren MP4-12C
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Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
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