Road Tests Real world tests of CLK GTR Straßenversion vs McLaren F1

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Straßenversion

Reasons to consider the
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A lot faster in the quarter mile 9.4 s vs 11.1 s More than 15% faster at the drag strip
More expensive sticker price $1.547M vs $970k Around 60% more expensive harder to own
Faster to 100mph 5.7 s vs 6.3 s Around 10% faster to 100mph
More torque 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM vs 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 6,898 cc vs 6,064 cc Around 15% bigger engine
Side view of McLaren F1

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Faster top speed 242 mph vs 191 mph 51 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much better drag coefficient 0.32 vs 25 78.1x better drag coefficient
Significantly better power-to-weight ratio 4.01 lb/hp vs 5.57 lb/hp Around 30% better power-to-weight ratio
Significantly lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 3,406 lb More than 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

CLK GTR Straßenversion  vs
McLaren F1 
Brand Mercedes-Benz McLaren
Price 1,547,000 970,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1998 1992-1998
Highest auction price 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, $1.10M, August 2012 1994 McLaren F1, $1.705M, August 2006

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.57 lb/hp 4.01 lb/hp
Maximum hp 612 HP @ 6,800 RPM 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,800 RPM 7,500 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,898 cc 6,064 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.5 in / 3.64 in 3.4 in / 3.4 in
Valvetrain DOHC Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

CLK GTR Straßenversion  vs
McLaren F1 
Top speed 191 mph 242 mph
1/4 mile 9.4 s 11.1 s
0-60mph 3.4 s 3.2 s
0-100mph 5.7 s 6.3 s
Drag coefficient 25 0.32

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.71:1
2: 2.2:1
3: 1.8:1
4: 1.52:1
5: 1.33:1
6: 1.18:1
Axle ratio 2.88:1 2.37:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Disc Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front wheels 457/? 559 432/? 229
Rear wheels 457/? 660 432/? 292

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,406 lb 2,513 lb
Width 76.8 in 75.6 in
Height 45.8 in 44.1 in
Length 191.1 in 168.8 in
Front track width 63 in 61.7 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 107.1 in
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