Road Tests Real world tests of 911 Turbo S vs MP4-12C

0-60mph

MP4-12C
3.1 s

Top speed

911 Turbo S S
195 mph
MP4-12C
205 mph

1/4 mile

911 Turbo S S
11.5 s
MP4-12C
11 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Porsche 911 Turbo S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 911 Turbo S S

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More torque 516 ft-lb @ 2,100 RPM vs 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM More than 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
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 to 60mph 3.1 s vs 3.7 s More than 15% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 11 s vs 11.5 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 205 mph vs 195 mph 10 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More expensive sticker price $229k vs $161k More than 40% more expensive harder to own
More powerful engine 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 530 HP @ 6,250 RPM More than 10% stronger engine
Lighter curb weight 3,161 lb vs 3,494 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

911 Turbo S  vs
MP4-12C 
Brand Porsche McLaren
Price 160,700 229,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2013 2011
City mileage 17 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 25 MPG 22 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.59 lb/hp 5.35 lb/hp
Maximum hp 530 HP @ 6,250 RPM 591 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 516 ft-lb @ 2,100 RPM 442 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Engine placement Rear Mid
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 feet 40.4 feet
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,800 cc 3,799 cc
Cylinders Flat 6 V8
Air compressor None Twin turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9.8:1 8.7:1
Bore/stroke 4.02 in / 3.05 in 3.66 in / 2.75 in
Valvetrain DOHC Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,494 lb 3,161 lb
Width 72.9 in 75.2 in
Height 51.2 in 47.2 in
Length 176.3 in 177.4 in
Front track width 58.7 in 65.2 in
Wheelbase 92.5 in 105.1 in

road tests

911 Turbo S  vs
MP4-12C 
Top speed 195 mph 205 mph
1/4 mile 11.5 s 11 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 3.1 s

design

Body style Coupe Coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed

transmission

Drivetrain 4x4 2WD
Shift system Automatic Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Independent Double wishbone, Independent
Rear suspension Multi link, Independent Double wishbone, Unknown
Front brakes 14.96 in Ventilated Disc 14.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 13.78 in Ventilated Disc 13.8 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheels 235/35 19 235/35 19
Wheel material Alloy Aluminum alloy
Wheel material Alloy Aluminum alloy
Porsche 911 Turbo S S
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McLaren MP4-12C
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