Road Tests Real world tests of Golf GTI vs McLaren P1


Golf GTI
6.6 s
McLaren P1
2.7 s

Top speed

Golf GTI
130 mph
McLaren P1
217 mph


Golf GTI
16.2 s
McLaren P1
5.5 s

1/4 mile

Golf GTI
15 s
McLaren P1
9.8 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Side view of McLaren P1

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McLaren P1

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Much faster in the quarter mile 9.8 s vs 15 s Around 35% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 217 mph vs 130 mph 87 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much faster to 100mph 5.5 s vs 16.2 s 2.9x faster to 100mph
Much more powerful engine 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM vs 206 HP @ 5,300 RPM Around 4.5x stronger engine
Much more expensive sticker price $1.2M vs $24k Around 48x more expensive harder to own
Much more torque 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 206 ft-lb @ 1,700 RPM Around 3.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 3,799 cc vs 1,984 cc More than 90% bigger engine
Slightly lighter curb weight 3,036 lb vs 3,285 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Golf GTI  vs
McLaren P1 
Brand Volkswagen McLaren
Price 23,890 1,150,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2014

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 15.95 lb/hp 3.36 lb/hp
Maximum hp 206 HP @ 5,300 RPM 903 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 206 ft-lb @ 1,700 RPM 663 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,984 cc 3,799 cc
Bore/stroke 3.2 in / 3.7 in 3.66 in / 2.75 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Golf GTI  vs
McLaren P1 
Top speed 130 mph 217 mph
1/4 mile 15 s 9.8 s
0-60mph 6.6 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 16.2 s 5.5 s


Drivetrain FWD Rear wheel drive
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,285 lb 3,036 lb
Volkswagen Golf GTI
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