Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster vs McLaren P1


Top speed

Roadster Base
119 mph
McLaren P1
217 mph


Roadster Base
11.1 s
McLaren P1
5.5 s

1/4 mile

Roadster Base
12.7 s
McLaren P1
9.8 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Roadster

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Base

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Lighter curb weight 2,500 lb vs 3,036 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of McLaren P1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren P1

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Faster top speed 217 mph vs 119 mph 98 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more powerful engine 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM vs 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM Around 3.2x stronger engine
A lot faster in the quarter mile 9.8 s vs 12.7 s Around 25% faster at the drag strip
Much more torque 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM More than 3.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Much more expensive sticker price $1.2M vs $109k More than 10.5x more expensive harder to own
A lot faster to 100mph 5.5 s vs 11.1 s 2x faster to 100mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Roadster  vs
McLaren P1 
Brand Tesla McLaren
Price 109,000 1,150,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008 2014


Body style Coupe Coupe
Top type Soft removable Hard fixed


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

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

road tests

Roadster  vs
McLaren P1 
Top speed 119 mph 217 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 9.8 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 11.1 s 5.5 s
Drag coefficient 0.36 0.34

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 3.36 lb/hp
Maximum hp 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion


Air compressor None Twin turbocharger
Valvetrain Unknown DOHC

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,500 lb 3,036 lb
Width 73.7 in 76.6 in
Height 44.4 in 46.8 in
Length 155.4 in 180.6 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in 105.1 in
Tesla Roadster Base
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