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

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s
Caparo T1
2.5 s

Top speed

MP4-12C
205 mph
Caparo T1
199 mph

0-100mph

MP4-12C
5.9 s
Caparo T1
5.5 s

Top Gear track time

MP4-12C
1:16.20
Caparo T1
1:10.60

1/4 mile

MP4-12C
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

general

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

engine

Displacement 3,799 cc 3,500 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
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

transmission

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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