In this match of supercar heavyweights, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ takes on a McLaren 720S in a quarter-mile drag race.
Here it is: the best of the best from Lamborghini and McLaren duking it out on the quarter-mile. Both cars cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and use the very best technology that either carmaker can bring to bear. But only one will take home the coveted checkered flag.
Or not--this is more of a casual race event in Florida.
Anyway, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the be-all-end-all of Lamborghinis. Under the hood is a 6.5-L naturally aspirated V12 engine with 759 hp and 531 lb-ft. Zero to sixty is done in 2.7 seconds--the same as the McLaren--on its way to a top speed of 217 mph. Power is sent to all wheels all the time through a single-clutch semi-automatic gearbox to save weight, although it still clocks in at nearly 200 lbs heavier than the McLaren.
The 720S instead uses forced induction to make its power. A 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 makes 710 hp and 568 lb-ft torque with a 7-speed dual-clutch providing lightning fast gear shifts. The car is RWD only thanks to McLaren’s unending desire for lightness and performance--a fact that may prove key in the drag races to come.
In the first race, the Lamborghini’s AWD gives it the early lead, but then after both cars reach 60 mph in the same amount of time, the McLaren seems to just walk away. A surprising outcome given the Aventador’s greater power.
The same thing happens in the second race--the Aventador gets the jump, and then loses shortly thereafter.
This really shows that while 0-60 performance is important, there’s a lot more to winning a quarter-mile drag race than simply getting to 60 mph as quickly as possible. The Aventador’s slower-shifting single-clutch transmission really kills it on the way from 60 mph to 130 mph, while the McLaren’s lighter weight and dual-clutch transmission let it achieve some extreme speed.
Now, give the SVJ a full track to run on and we’ll see its active aerodynamics really come into play, but on the drag strip, the McLaren is king.