Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs Veyron


3.1 s
2.7 s

Top speed

205 mph
253 mph


5.9 s
5.1 s

Top Gear track time


1/4 mile

11 s
10.2 s

Nurburgring time


Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

Reasons to consider the
McLaren MP4-12C

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Lighter curb weight 3,161 lb vs 4,162 lb Around 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Way higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 6,600 RPM Around 30% more revs
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:16.20 vs 1:18.30 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Slightly faster stopping from 60mph 100 ft vs 103 ft Around 5% faster stopping from 60mph
Side view of Bugatti Veyron

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Bugatti Veyron

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Much more expensive sticker price $1.50M vs $229k More than 6.5x more expensive harder to own
Much more torque 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM vs 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM More than 2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 253 mph vs 205 mph 48 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more powerful engine 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM More than 65% stronger engine
Much bigger engine 7,993 cc vs 3,799 cc More than 2x bigger engine
Faster in the quarter mile 10.2 s vs 11 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip

Specifications Full list of technical specs


MP4-12C  vs
Brand McLaren Bugatti
Price 229,000 1,500,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2005
City mileage 11 MPG 6 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 13 MPG


Body style Coupe Fastback coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed


Transmission make McLaren SSG Bugatti DSG 7-speed
Drivetrain 2WD 4x4
Shift system Automatic Automatic
Gearing Traditional Continuously-variable
# of gears 7 N/A


Engine make McLaren M838T Bugatti 8.0L W16
Displacement 3,799 cc 7,993 cc
Cylinders V8 W16
Air compressor Twin turbocharger Quad turbocharger
Compression ratio 8.7:1 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.39 in / 3.39 in
Block material Aluminum alloy Alloy
Cylinder head material Aluminum alloy Alloy
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system McLaren dual VVT Bugatti VVT
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Top speed 205 mph 253 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 10.2 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 5.1 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 7.3 s
Distance 100 ft 103 ft
Top gear time 1:16.20 1:18.30
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:40.0
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.35

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 4.22 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 6,600 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 feet 39.4 feet
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Independent Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone, Unknown Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar, Independent
Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc 15.8 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front tires Pirelli P Zero Michelin Pilot Sport
Front wheels 235/35 19 265/22 20
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Forged Aluminum
Rear tires Pirelli P Zero Michelin Pilot Sport
Rear wheels 305/30 20 365/25 21
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Forged Aluminum

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 4,162 lb
Width 75.2 in 78.7 in
Height 47.2 in 47.4 in
Length 177.4 in 175.6 in
Front track width 65.2 in 67.5 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 106.7 in
McLaren MP4-12C
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