There’s been more than a handful of drag races popping up on line of different match car match-ups. Some have been a little out there, like the Challenger Hellcat racing a Jet while others have been of Tesla’s Model S putting to shame petrol power.
In this latest shootout from the guys at CAR magazine, we get to see something more traditional: two evenly matched supercars duking it out to see which is faster in a straight line. No gimmicks, no poor starts, just a dry road and two cars engaging warp speed from a controlled launch.
In one corner, the Lamborghini’s replacement for the Gallardo, the Huracán LP 610-4. This bad bull sports a 5.2-liter V10, cranking out 610 horsepower and 412 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Lambo quotes a 0 to 62 time of 3.2 seconds and tops out at 202 mph.
On the McLaren side, the 650S houses a 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 that produces 641 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to the rear through its own seven-speed dual clutch transmission. This car’s quoted acceleration time is a 0 to 62 of 3 seconds dead.
Of course, what’s on paper doesn’t always translate to real life, so the end result might be different than one would expect. A straight-up drag race also doesn’t necessarily mean the victor will be the fastest around a circuit, either, but it’s still a very important (and exciting) metric of performance.
We won’t spoil the result, but this clean, unambiguous test shows a clear winner. If you want to cut to the chase, jump to the 1:15 mark and watch the super cars fly.