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McLaren 600LT Takes On Porsche 911 GT2 RS In Drag Race Action

On paper, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS should smoke the 600LT, but you should never count out a McLaren.

McLaren 600LT Takes On Porsche 911 GT2 RS In Drag Race Action

Can a McLaren 600LT keep up with the mightiest Porsche of them all, the 911 GT2 RS?

The McLaren 600LT was supposed to be a slightly more performance-oriented version of the 570S. Not that the 570S isn’t already somewhat performance oriented--as with every car McLaren makes, performance is ingrained into the car’s very soul. But the 600LT takes the 570S platform and gives it just that little bit of extra power to push it into an entirely new class.

Starting with the engine, the 570S’s twin-turbo 3.8-L V8 now produces 592 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Nearly all of those horses make it to the rear wheels, as Hennessey proved in one of their latest dyno videos.

A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission provides lightning-fast gear changes to allow the 600LT to accelerate from zero to sixty in just 2.9 seconds. Top speed is 204 mph. The whole car weighs less than 3,000 lbs, which is an accomplishment for a supercar of this performance level.

Meanwhile, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS takes the standard Porsche 911 and makes it absolutely bonkers. Twin-turbos pish the 3.8-L inline 6-cylinder to 700 hp with 553 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch provides power to the rear wheels and lets the RS shoot from zero to sixty in just 2.7 seconds.

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The RS is a little heavier than the 600LT at 3,241 lbs, but it also has over 100 more hp than the McLaren. Will that push things in favor for the Porsche, or will the McLaren’s much lighter weight keep it in contention?

As it turns out, the Porsche is slightly faster than the McLaren, but only just. In a 1 km (or 0.62 mile) drag race, the Porsche and McLaren remain neck and neck until about three-quarters down the track, then the RS pulls away ever so slightly from the 600 LT.

The Porsche finishes with a time of 19.1 seconds, while the McLaren finished in 19.2 seconds. It’s amazing how well the 600LT keeps up with a vastly more powerful car, and it’s a testament to McLaren’s engineering. If you’ve got $250,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can’t go wrong with the 600LT.

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