Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs Ferrari F430

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s
430 Scuderia
3.5 s

Top speed

MP4-12C
205 mph
430 Scuderia
190 mph

0-100mph

MP4-12C
5.9 s
430 Scuderia
7.1 s

Top Gear track time

MP4-12C
1:16.20
430 Scuderia
1:19.70

1/4 mile

MP4-12C
11 s
430 Scuderia
11.5 s

Nurburgring time

MP4-12C
7:28.0
430 Scuderia
7:40.0

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
Faster top speed 205 mph vs 190 mph 15 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:16.20 vs 1:19.70 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 11.5 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
More torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM vs 347 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM More than 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster to 60mph 3.1 s vs 3.5 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
More powerful engine 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 503 HP @ 8,500 RPM More than 15% stronger engine
Faster to 200kph 8.7 s vs 11 s More than 20% faster to 200kph
Side view of Ferrari F430

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Faster stopping from 60mph 93 ft vs 100 ft More than 5% faster stopping from 60mph
Bigger engine 4,308 cc vs 3,799 cc Around 15% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MP4-12C  vs
Ferrari F430 
Brand McLaren Ferrari
Price 229,000 263,157
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2007
City mileage 11 MPG 9 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 14 MPG

design

Body style Coupe 2-seat Berlinetta
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed

transmission

Transmission make McLaren SSG Ferrari F1 6-speed semi-automatic
Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Shift system Automatic Semi-automatic
Gearing Traditional 6speed manual or 6 speed sequential
# of gears 7 6

engine

Engine make McLaren M838T Ferrari Tipo F136
Displacement 3,799 cc 4,308 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.7:1 11.88:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.62 in / 3.19 in
Block material Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy
Cylinder head material Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system McLaren dual VVT None
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Ferrari F430 
Top speed 205 mph 190 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 3.5 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 7.1 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 11 s
Distance 100 ft 93 ft
Top gear time 1:16.20 1:19.70
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:40.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:08.70 1:10.30
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.35

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 5.92 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 503 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 347 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 8,640 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Independent Forged Aluminum Wishbones , Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone, Unknown Forged Aluminum Wishbones , Independent
Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc Brembo 15.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc Brembo 13.7 in Ventilated Disc
Front tires Pirelli P Zero Ferrari 225/35 ZR 19 Pirelli PZero Corsa
Front wheels 235/35 19 225/35 19
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Five Spoke Light Alloy
Rear tires Pirelli P Zero Ferrari 285/35 ZR 19 Pirelli PZero Corsa
Rear wheels 305/30 20 285/35 19
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Five Spoke Light Alloy

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 2,976 lb
Width 75.2 in 75.7 in
Height 47.2 in 47.2 in
Length 177.4 in 177.6 in
Front track width 65.2 in 65.7 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 102.4 in
McLaren MP4-12C
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