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


3.1 s

Top speed

205 mph
191 mph


5.9 s
8.6 s

1/4 mile

11 s
12.3 s

Braking distance at 60mph

100 ft
100 ft

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 12.3 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 3.1 s vs 4 s More than 20% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 205 mph vs 191 mph 14 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 453 HP @ 7,750 RPM More than 30% stronger engine
More torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM vs 358 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM Around 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Lighter curb weight 3,161 lb vs 3,825 lb More than 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Really great lap time on the Hockenheim Short track 1:08.70 vs 1:13.50 More than 5% great lap time on the Hockenheim Short track
A lot faster to 200kph 8.7 s vs 13.1 s Around 35% faster to 200kph
Higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 8,000 RPM More than 5% more revs
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Bigger engine 4,297 cc vs 3,799 cc Around 15% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


MP4-12C  vs
Brand McLaren Ferrari
Price 229,000 192,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2009-2012
City mileage 11 MPG 10 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 19 MPG


Body style Coupe Convertible
Top type Hard fixed Hard removable


Transmission make McLaren SSG Ferrari 6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Independent Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Damping, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone, Unknown Multi-link, anti-roll bar w/coil springs, Independent
Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Front tires Pirelli P Zero Bridgestone Potenza
Front wheels 235/35 19 245/40 19
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Forged Aluminum
Rear tires Pirelli P Zero Bridgestone Potenza
Rear wheels 305/30 20 285/40 19
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Forged Aluminum

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,825 lb
Width 75.2 in 74.8 in
Height 47.2 in 51.5 in
Length 177.4 in 179.5 in
Front track width 65.2 in 64.2 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 102.4 in

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Top speed 205 mph 191 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 12.3 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 4 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 8.6 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 13.1 s
Distance 100 ft 100 ft
Hockenheim short lap time 1:08.70 1:13.50
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.32

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 8.44 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 453 HP @ 7,750 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 358 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 8,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Engine make McLaren M838T Ferrari Tipo F136
Displacement 3,799 cc 4,297 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Compression ratio 8.7:1 12.2:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.7 in / 3 in
Block material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Cylinder head material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system McLaren dual VVT Ferrari VVT
Valves per cylinder 4 4
McLaren MP4-12C
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