Lamborghini Aventador S Takes On McLaren 720S In Supercar Drag Race Action

The McLaren 720S Spider is McLaren's latest convertible model, but can it stand up to the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster?

Aventador 720S

It’s a Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster taking on a McLaren 720S Spider in a roofless supercar drag race.

This looks to be a bit of a grudge match between Carwow host Mat Watson and arch-rival Lambo owner Yianny, who tends to win races whenever he fields his custom Aventador S Roadster. However, this time Watson has a team of McLaren engineers and a brand new 720S Spider on his side, so things might be different.

The two cars are fairly evenly matched. The 720S Spider might be a little heavier than the standard 720S thanks to its drop top, but it still has the same 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque from its 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 engine. Zero to sixty is a little bit slower than the original 720S, but top speed is still 212 mph with the top closed. Open, top speed is reduced by roughly 10 mph.

The Aventador S Roadster has a 6.5-L naturally aspirated V12 with 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is slightly slower at 2.9 seconds, but it’s far more consistent off the line thanks to a powertrain that feeds to all four wheels at the same time. The Aventador is about 600 lbs heavier than the Spider, so this race will come down to how well the Aventador can launch off the line before the McLaren is able to catch up.

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But first, a roof race. Because the McLaren has an electronically retracted roof while the Aventador has manually removed roof panels.

That out of the way, we arrive at the drag race. The 720S starts with a bit of difficulty in getting the launch control to work, but McLaren engineers are present to get that problem sorted out. Then it starts to rain, giving the Aventador an added advantage due to its AWD.

As expected, the Lambo pulls ahead off the line, but then the 720S’s turbos kick in and it starts to catch up!

Check out the video above to see how this drag race ends and even see how these two convertible supercars compare in a rolling race.

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