Drag Race: McLaren 720S Vs. Modified Porsche 911 Turbo S

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Are these modifications enough to beat the McLaren 720S?

Time and time again, the McLaren 720S has proven to be a formidable hypercar slayer. A few weeks ago, we watched in awe when a stock McLaren 720S defeated a modified Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with 800 hp on tap. Now, McLaren's mighty Super Series comes up against a 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, one of the fastest sports cars currently on sale, in a series of drag races.

In stock form, the Turbo S Cabriolet produces 640 hp and 590 lb-ft from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six, which is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. For comparison, the McLaren 720S has a 4.0-liter V8 producing 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, paired with a seven-speed automatic that sends power exclusively to the rear wheels.

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This is no stock 911 Turbo S, however, as the sports car been upgraded with new downpipes and a tuned ECU to give it some extra grunt. While the power output wasn't revealed, these modifications should give it a better chance of taking on the 720S in a quarter-mile drag race. But as we can see in the video, the 720S consistently beats the 911 Turbo S by a significant margin.

In the first drag race, the McLaren 720S rockets past the quarter-mile line in 9.98 seconds at 144.27 mph, followed by the 911 Turbo S in 10.87 seconds at 134.87 mph. In the second run, the 911 Turbo S was slightly faster with a quarter-mile time of 10.68 seconds at 134.78 mph.

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This wasn't enough to defeat the 720S, however, which did the same run in 9.83 seconds at 145.44 mph. During the final run, the McLaren 720S completed the quarter-mile in 9.82 seconds at 142.28 mph, whereas the 911 Turbo S did it in 10.48 seconds at 134.97 mph. However, with added race gas and a lighter driver the 911 Turbo S managed to do a sub-ten second run, completing the quarter-mile in 9.91 seconds at 138.97 mph during a separate run.

In truth, the 911 Turbo S didn't stand a chance since it has a higher curb weight of 3,680 pounds compared to the lighter 720S, which tips the scales at 3,180 pounds, but it still put up a fair fight against the more powerful and more expensive McLaren.

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