Road Tests Real world tests of CLK GTR vs McLaren F1

0-60mph

Top speed

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

Reasons to consider the
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More expensive sticker price $1.70M vs $970k More than 75% more expensive harder to own
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
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Faster top speed 242 mph vs 198 mph 44 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Significantly better power-to-weight ratio 4.01 lb/hp vs 5.87 lb/hp More than 30% better power-to-weight ratio
Significantly lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 3,594 lb More than 30% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

CLK GTR  vs
McLaren F1 
Brand Mercedes-Benz McLaren
Price 1,700,000 970,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2002 1992-1998

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.87 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 7,200 RPM 7,500 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,898 cc 6,064 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Air compressor None None
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  vs
McLaren F1 
Top speed 198 mph 242 mph
0-60mph 3.2 s 3.2 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.23:1
2: 2.1:1
3: 1.56:1
4: 1.23:1
5: 1.02:1
6: 0.87:1
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/? 267 432/? 229
Rear wheels 457/? 318 432/? 292

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,594 lb 2,513 lb
Width 76.8 in 75.6 in
Height 43.3 in 44.1 in
Length 191.1 in 168.8 in
Front track width 65.6 in 61.7 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 107.1 in
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