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

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s
Corvette Z06
3.6 s

Top speed

MP4-12C
205 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph

0-100mph

MP4-12C
5.9 s
Corvette Z06
8.3 s

1/4 mile

MP4-12C
11 s

Nurburgring time

MP4-12C
7:28.0
Corvette Z06
7:22.68

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 About half of supercars have an air compressor
Faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 12 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 3.1 s vs 3.6 s Around 15% faster to 60mph
More powerful engine 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM Around 20% stronger engine
Way higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 7,000 RPM More than 20% more revs
More expensive sticker price $229k vs $74k More than 3x more expensive harder to own
Front view of Chevrolet Corvette

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Much bigger engine 7,011 cc vs 3,799 cc Around 85% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MP4-12C  vs
Corvette 
Brand McLaren Chevrolet
Price 229,000 74,305
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2011
City mileage 11 MPG 15 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 24 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 6.26 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,799 cc 7,011 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.7:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 4.13 in / 4 in
Valves per cylinder 4 2

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Corvette 
Top speed 205 mph 198 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 12 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 8.3 s
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:22.68
Laguna seca lap time 1:34.50 1:34.43
Hockenheim short lap time 1:08.70 1:08.70

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
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
Front wheels 235/35 19 285/30 19
Rear wheels 305/30 20 510/30 20

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,130 lb
Width 75.2 in 76 in
Height 47.2 in 49.1 in
Length 177.4 in 174.6 in
Front track width 65.2 in 63.5 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 105.7 in
McLaren MP4-12C
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Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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