Ever since deliveries commenced in 2017, the McLaren 720S quickly made a name for itself in the drag racing world, as it was the car to beat in a quarter mile sprint.
Countless vehicles, some with more power than Woking’s machine, have fallen victim to the 720S over the years. The question is, can it add the Porsche Taycan Turbo S to this list?
The Taycan Turbo S benefits from the instant torque of the two electric motors that put out 774 lb-ft (1,050 Nm), with a 750 HP (761 PS / 560 kW) peak output, enabling a 161 mph (260 km/h) top speed and a 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration of 2.8 seconds. In the right hands, the Taycan Turbo S is a 10-second car, although one with spacious and comfortable back seats and a generous boot space.
At its lightest, it tips the scales at 5,060 lbs (2,295 kg), whereas the dry weight of the 720S Spider, which was the one racedin this video, is 2,937 lbs (1,332 kg). The Macca has a twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that pumps out 710 HP (720 PS / 530 kW) and 568 pound-feet (770 Nm). Thus, it needs 2.9 seconds to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) and can reach a top speed of 212 mph (341 km/h).
So, the British supercar has the weight advantage, but the Porsche is more powerful and, thanks to its electric powertrain, quicker off the line. All things considered, then, this is a drag race that could be anyone’s game.