Road Tests Real world tests of MP4-12C vs Maserati MC12

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s

Top speed

MP4-12C
205 mph
Maserati MC12
204 mph

0-100mph

MP4-12C
5.9 s

Top Gear track time

MP4-12C
1:16.20
Maserati MC12
1:18.90

1/4 mile

MP4-12C
11 s
Maserati MC12
11.3 s

Nurburgring time

MP4-12C
7:28.0
Maserati MC12
7:24.30

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 stopping from 60mph 100 ft vs 108 ft More than 5% faster stopping from 60mph
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:16.20 vs 1:18.90 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster to 60mph 3.1 s vs 3.4 s Around 10% faster to 60mph
Slightly faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 11.3 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 7,700 RPM More than 10% more revs
Faster to 200kph 8.7 s vs 9.9 s More than 10% faster to 200kph
Side view of Maserati MC12

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Much more expensive sticker price $770k vs $229k More than 3.2x more expensive harder to own
Much bigger engine 5,999 cc vs 3,799 cc Around 60% bigger engine
Slightly more torque 481 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM vs 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM Around 10% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

MP4-12C  vs
Maserati MC12 
Brand McLaren Maserati
Price 229,000 770,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2004-2005
City mileage 11 MPG 6 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 13 MPG

design

Body style Coupe Fastback coupe
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 Traditional
# of gears 7 6

engine

Engine make McLaren M838T Ferrari Tipo F140B
Displacement 3,799 cc 5,999 cc
Cylinders V8 V12
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.7:1 11.2:1
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.62 in / 2.96 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 Ferrari VVT
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

MP4-12C  vs
Maserati MC12 
Top speed 205 mph 204 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 11.3 s
0-60mph 3.1 s 3.4 s
0-100mph 5.9 s 6.8 s
0-200kph 8.7 s 9.9 s
Distance 100 ft 108 ft
Top gear time 1:16.20 1:18.90
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:24.30
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.35

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.35 lb/hp 5.41 lb/hp
Maximum hp 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM 624 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 481 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Max RPM 8,500 RPM 7,700 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 feet 39.4 feet
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Independent Wishbone,Coil Spring, Anti-roll Bar, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone, Unknown Wishbone,Coil Spring, Anti-roll Bar, Independent
Front brakes 14.6 in Ventilated Disc Brembo Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes 13.8 in Ventilated Disc Brembo Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front tires Pirelli P Zero Pirelli P Zero Corsa 245/35 ZR19
Front wheels 235/35 19 245/35 19
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy
Rear tires Pirelli P Zero Pirelli P Zero Corsa 345/35 ZR19
Rear wheels 305/30 20 345/35 19
Wheel material Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,375 lb
Width 75.2 in 82.5 in
Height 47.2 in 47.4 in
Length 177.4 in 202.5 in
Front track width 65.2 in 65.4 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 110.2 in
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