" Now the McLaren MP4-12C is hardly a cheap car but the 991 Turbo S price has ballooned so far this comparison makes a lot of from a performance and price perspective. The 991 Turbo S starts at $182,050 and with options can easily go to over $200k out the door
. The cars also have other similarities other than being expensive such as twin turbo powerplants with the same 3.8 liters of displacement although the Porsche motor is a direct injected flat-6 whereas the McLaren MP4-12C has a port-injection V8 with a flat-plane crank.
On paper, the McLaren is lighter (rear wheel drive instead of all wheel drive like the 991 Turbo S) and more powerful at 616 horsepower to the 991 Turbo S 560 horsepower.
So Chris Harris got his hand on both and pitted them against each other in the real world. So what happened?
In the drag race the McLaren gets a slight jump but the all wheel drive of the 991 Turbo S eliminates the advantage quickly. As speeds rise, the McLaren MP4-12C simply pulls away. This is exactly what should happen and is in stark contrast to the junk AutoCar gave us of a short sprint between the two on a tight road that showed the 991 Turbo S coming out on top