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

0-100mph

MP4-12C
5.9 s
Gallardo
8.4 s
MP4-12C Gallardo @ fastestlaps.com

Top Gear track time

MP4-12C
1:16.20
Gallardo
1:25.80

Braking distance at 60mph

MP4-12C
100 ft
Gallardo
114 ft

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

Reasons to consider the
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Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
A lot faster to 60mph 3.1 s vs 4.7 s Around 35% faster to 60mph
Really great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:16.20 vs 1:25.80 More than 10% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 12.3 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster stopping from 60mph 100 ft vs 114 ft More than 10% faster stopping from 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 500 HP @ 7,800 RPM Around 20% stronger engine
More torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM vs 377 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM More than 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $229k vs $166k Around 40% more expensive harder to own
A lot faster to 200kph 8.7 s vs 13 s Around 35% faster to 200kph
Higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 8,100 RPM Around 5% more revs
Side view of Lamborghini Gallardo

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Bigger engine 4,961 cc vs 3,799 cc More than 30% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MP4-12C  vs
Gallardo 
Brand McLaren Lamborghini
Price 229,000 166,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2003-2008
City mileage 11 MPG 9 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 15 MPG

design

Body style Coupe Coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD 4WD w/Viscous Traction System
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6

engine

Displacement 3,799 cc 4,961 cc
Cylinders V8 V10
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.7:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.25 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Gallardo 
Top speed 205 mph 191 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 12.3 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 4.7 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 8.4 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 13 s
Distance 100 ft 114 ft
Top gear time 1:16.20 1:25.80
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:52.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:08.70 1:11.80

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 6.31 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 500 HP @ 7,800 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 377 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 8,100 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 feet 37.7 feet
Steering system Rack and pinion Unknown

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc Brembo 14.37 in Disc
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc Brembo 13.19 in Disc
Front wheels 235/35 19 235/35 19
Rear wheels 305/30 20 483/? 279

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,153 lb
Width 75.2 in 74.8 in
Height 47.2 in 45.9 in
Length 177.4 in 169.3 in
Front track width 65.2 in 63.9 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 100.7 in
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