It’s a battle of supercar titans when a Porsche 911 GT2 RS takes on a McLaren 720S.
Finally, we get to see a fair fight between two incredible European supercars. The McLaren 720S is no stranger to these parts, with its 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 all carbon construction. Power is rated at 710 stampeding horses along with 568 lb-ft of torque delivered to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
McLaren spared no expense when making the 720S, which helps explain its $330,000 price tag.
The McLaren’s German nemesis is the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Powered by a 3.8-L twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, the GT2 RS boasts 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Once again we see a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission spin the rear wheels, with a trunk, engine cover, and rear wing made out of carbon fiber. Instead of opting for an entire carbon body, the Porsche uses magnesium in the roof and polyurethane for the front and rear apron.
Both cars can manage 0-60 in just 2.7 seconds. Both cars have a top speed in excess of 210 mph. And both cars weigh close to 3,200 lbs, with the McLaren getting a 60 lb advantage.
To find out which is better, the 888MF YouTube channel held a series of 3 races: two from a standstill, and one rolling race. With two cars so evenly matched, we expect to see some very close races.
Unfortunately, it turns out the drivers might be the ones with the greater disparity than the cars. In the first race, the McLaren can be heard spinning its wheels and failing to keep up with the Porsche off the line. The GT2 RS wins handily by a full car length.
In the video description it says that the driver engaged launch control on his first run, which seems highly suspect given how McLaren’s launch control system should produce flawless starts.
The second race is a rolling race where launch control isn’t a factor. This time it was the McLaren that won thanks to its lighter weight and sleeker design. But on the last race, it was the GT2 that took the checkered flag when once again the McLaren spun its wheels. On the third race, the driver did not engage launch control, which is obviously worse than with launch control on.