Check out a brand new McLaren 600LT take on a 720S in drag race action.
John Hennessey just took delivery of a brand new McLaren 600LT, and he loves it. In an earlier video where he essentially reviews the car, he describes the 600LT as having power everywhere and being a lot of fun to drive. He even got a chance to compare it to the 720S in everyday driving conditions, and he says he still prefers the 600LT even though it has vastly less power.
Which is all well and good, but what if we wanted to compare the two cars in a more clinical setting? For example, in a drag race?
On paper, the 720S is still king. It’s got a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 2.7 seconds on its way to a blistering top speed of 212 mph. It’s light, at around 3,180 lbs, and uses everything that McLaren knows to be one of the fastest track cars in production today.
The 600LT just released this year and is still a bit of an unknown quantity. We know that it has a tuned version of the 570S’ 3.8-L twin-turbo V8 and makes around 592 hp. It’s lighter than the 570S and the 720S at 2,749 lbs thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber for everything from the chassis to the seats.
But we don’t know how fast it truly is. McLaren says it has a 2.9-second zero to sixty time, but that’s completely unproven. We know the 720S is fast, but how fast is the 600LT?
As it turns out, plenty fast.
Hennessey partnered with McLaren Houston to get a loaner 720S so they could race against their new 600LT. The black 600LT gives a good account for itself, managing to keep up with the 720S in the drag race, but losing horribly in the rolling race. The 720S' superior power just can’t compare to the little 600LT no matter how light it is.
And yet, John swears by the 600LT. And when a man like John Hennessey says power isn’t everything, you absolutely have to believe him.