This McLaren 720S is definitely going to beat a Ford GT. The only question is: by how much?
When Ford announced the GT way back in 2016, it made a lot of people excited. Ford typically doesn’t dip its toe into the supercar market, and many people were breathlessly waiting to see just what Ford was capable of when they put their engineers to the task of building a true performance vehicle.
Buy here’s the problem: Ford doesn’t make supercars. They make trucks and Mustangs, and that’s it. A rear-wheel-drive, twin-turbo supercar is about as far removed from pickups and muscle cars as you can get. They did their best, and the GT is an impressive piece of engineering, but it’s hardly considered the be-all, end-all of supercars.
McLaren, on the other hand, only builds supercars, and they have since the company was founded. They only know supercars. Supercars is their bread and butter. It’s in their very DNA. And the 720S is perhaps one of the best supercars that money can buy.
On the GT, we’ve got a 3.5-L EcoBoost V6 that puts out 647 hp and 550 lb-ft. Weight is roughly 3,400 lbs. Meanwhile, the 720S has a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 that puts out 710 hp and only weighs 3,180 lbs. Even without taking reputation into account, the numbers alone speak to the superior racer.
But while the GT is bone stock, the 720S has been modified. It’s been tuned by Velocity AP and given ultra-lightweight wheels from ANKRY, making it both lighter and more powerful. Our lovely host at DragTimes estimates the 720S to have gained an additional 100 horses thanks to the modifications.
So an 800 hp 720S versus a 650 hp GT that weighs more. This race is over before it started.
Unsurprisingly, the 720S just walks away as soon as they both reach the starting line in their rolling race. The GT does surprise by keeping up briefly at the beginning, but it’s a momentary thing at best.
The McLaren finishes in 8:31 seconds, while the GT finishes in a time of 9:11 seconds.
A better matchup might be the McLaren 570S against the GT. Then at least the GT will have the power advantage.