Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs Lexus LFA

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s
Lexus LFA
3.6 s

Top speed

MP4-12C
205 mph
Lexus LFA
201 mph

0-100mph

MP4-12C
5.9 s
Lexus LFA
7.8 s

Top Gear track time

MP4-12C
1:16.20
Lexus LFA
1:22.80

1/4 mile

MP4-12C
11 s
Lexus LFA
11.6 s

Nurburgring time

MP4-12C
7:28.0
Lexus LFA
7:38.0

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
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:16.20 vs 1:22.80 Around 10% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 11.6 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 3.1 s vs 3.6 s Around 15% faster to 60mph
More torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM vs 355 ft-lb @ 6,800 RPM Around 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Lighter curb weight 3,161 lb vs 3,540 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Faster to 200kph 8.7 s vs 11.4 s Around 25% faster to 200kph
Side view of Lexus LFA

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More expensive sticker price $376k vs $229k Around 65% more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 4,800 cc vs 3,799 cc More than 25% bigger engine
Higher redline 9,000 RPM vs 8,500 RPM More than 5% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MP4-12C  vs
Lexus LFA 
Brand McLaren Lexus
Price 229,000 375,875
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2010
City mileage 11 MPG 15 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 21 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 6.4 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 553 HP @ 8,700 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 355 ft-lb @ 6,800 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 9,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,799 cc 4,800 cc
Cylinders V8 V10
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.7:1 12:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.46 in / 3.11 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Lexus LFA 
Top speed 205 mph 201 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 11.6 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 7.8 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 11.4 s
Top gear time 1:16.20 1:22.80
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:38.0
Laguna seca lap time 1:34.50 1:36.39
Hockenheim short lap time 1:08.70 1:11.0
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.31

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD RWD w/Torsen LSD, TC, VSC
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 19 508/? 241
Rear wheels 305/30 20 508/? 292

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,540 lb
Width 75.2 in 74.6 in
Height 47.2 in 48 in
Length 177.4 in 177.4 in
Front track width 65.2 in 62.2 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 63.2 in
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