Road Tests Real world tests of McLaren P1 vs MP4-12C

0-60mph

McLaren P1
2.7 s
MP4-12C
3.1 s

Top speed

McLaren P1
217 mph
MP4-12C
205 mph

0-100mph

McLaren P1
5.5 s
MP4-12C
5.9 s

1/4 mile

McLaren P1
9.8 s
MP4-12C
11 s

Nurburgring time

McLaren P1
6:47.0
MP4-12C
7:28.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of McLaren P1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren P1

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Much more expensive sticker price $1.2M vs $229k More than 5x more expensive harder to own
Way more more powerful engine 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM vs 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM Around 55% stronger engine
Faster in the quarter mile 9.8 s vs 11 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
More torque 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 50% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 217 mph vs 205 mph 12 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 6:47.0 vs 7:28.0 Around 10% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
Side view of McLaren MP4-12C

Reasons to consider the
McLaren MP4-12C

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TwinRev is not aware of any important advantages of the MP4-12C vs the P1.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

McLaren P1  vs
MP4-12C 
Brand McLaren McLaren
Price 1,150,000 229,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2014 2011

design

Body style Coupe Coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed

transmission

Drivetrain Rear wheel drive 2WD
Shift system Automatic Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 14.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Disc 13.8 in Ventilated Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,036 lb 3,161 lb
Width 76.6 in 75.2 in
Height 46.8 in 47.2 in
Length 180.6 in 177.4 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 105.1 in

road tests

McLaren P1  vs
MP4-12C 
Top speed 217 mph 205 mph
1/4 mile 9.8 s 11 s
0-60mph 2.7 s 3.1 s
0-100mph 5.5 s 5.9 s
20.6km nurburgring time 6:47.0 7:28.0
Drag coefficient 0.34 0.36

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 3.36 lb/hp 5.35 lb/hp
Maximum hp 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,799 cc 3,799 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger Twin turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 2.75 in 3.66 in / 2.75 in
Valvetrain DOHC Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 4
McLaren P1
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McLaren MP4-12C
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