Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs Caparo T1


3.1 s
Caparo T1
2.5 s

Top speed

205 mph
Caparo T1
199 mph


5.9 s
Caparo T1
5.5 s

Top Gear track time

Caparo T1

1/4 mile

11 s
Caparo T1
11 s

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
More torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM vs 311 ft-lb @ 9,000 RPM More than 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 205 mph vs 199 mph 6 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Side view of Caparo T1

Reasons to consider the
Caparo T1

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Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:10.60 vs 1:16.20 More than 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Much lighter curb weight 1,265 lb vs 3,161 lb 2.5x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
More expensive sticker price $345k vs $229k More than 50% more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs


MP4-12C  vs
Caparo T1 
Brand McLaren Caparo
Price 229,000 345,015
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 2.2 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 575 HP @ 10,500 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 311 ft-lb @ 9,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,799 cc 3,500 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.66 in / 2.53 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Caparo T1 
Top speed 205 mph 199 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 11 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 2.5 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 5.5 s
Top gear time 1:16.20 1:10.60


Drivetrain 2WD RWD w/LSD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6

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 1,265 lb
McLaren MP4-12C
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Caparo T1
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