It’s muscle versus European supercars when a McLaren 720S takes on a 570S and a tuned Dodge Charger Hellcat.
This time we have a rolling start in this pair of races where a 720S competes against a tuned McLaren 570S and an even more ludicrously modified Charger Hellcat.
But first, the 720S. As usual, under the hood is McLaren’s big 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 engine with 710 hp and 568 lb-ft. Zero to sixty is done in 2.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 212 mph. Since everything is made of carbon fiber, weight is kept down to just 3,180 lbs, making it easily the lightest car on the strip.
The 570S was born with a smaller 3.8-L twin-turbo V8 but has been modified with a brand new exhaust system courtesy of Hydra Motor Works, This probably gives it a few more horses over the stick 562 ponies it was born with, but it also adds a few pounds bringing it to 3,300 lbs. We don’t expect much from this car against the 720S.
On the other hand, the Hellcat should give the 720S a run for its money. It’s 6.2-L HEMI V8 has been given a larger supercharger, new pulley, and E85 octane fuel to produce 1,000 reported crank hp, or 850 hp at the rear wheels. It does weigh in at well over 4,500 lbs, however, so don’t expect it to demolish the 720S by any means.
DragTimes also notes that since the strip is only prepared for cars starting from a dig, gunning the throttle before the lights is a sure way to cause wheel slippage, especially from the big Hellcat. Thankfully, it looks like each car gets a good grip, although the Hellcat seemed to cheat a bit.
Against the 720S, the 570S gives a good account but just can’t keep up. The 720S walks away without much challenge from the smaller McLaren. The Hellcat provides much more work for the 720S, especially considering it definitely started the race faster than 40 mph.
But never bet against a McLaren. It seems all those horses trapped under the hood don’t necessarily equate to faster lap times. The 720S is able to close the gap and win handily despite the early handicap.