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How Fast is a McLaren?

McLaren Automotive is a British automobile company known for manufacturing some of the fastest cars in the world. In this article, we dive into the list of fastest McLaren cars produced, their top speed, 0-60 times, and other interesting facts about this iconic racing brand.

How Fast is a McLaren

Top 5 fastest cars produced by McLaren

McLaren cars are capable of going up to speeds of 250 mph with 0-60 mph times ranging between 2.4 to 3.0 seconds. Currently, the company offers nine different road-legal supercars and three different variants of track cars. These performance cars range from V6 powered engines to turbocharged V8’s. Of these nine models, we have listed below the top 5 fastest cars produced by McLaren:

  • 2020 Speedtail
  • 1992 F1
  • 2013 P1
  • 2017 720S
  • 2015 765 LT (Long Tail)

2020 McLaren Speedtail

McLaren Speedtail 0-60 time

The Speedtail is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine matted with an electric motor. It produces a max power of 1035 horsepower at 1150 Nm of torque. The Speedtail has a top speed of 250 mph (403 km/h) making it the fastest McLaren ever made. It has a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds and can do the quarter mile in 9.6 seconds.

With only 106 cars being built, the Speedtail is a homage to the F1 model. Its cockpit has also been inspired by the iconic three-seat setup of the F1 with a center driver seat. The Speedtail is a hypercar with an extremely efficient design. Its smooth curved exterior provides superior aerodynamics, which enables the car to reach great speeds.

1992 McLaren F1

While talking about supercars, a list is incomplete without the legendary McLaren F1. The F1 is a supercar that revolutionized the process of designing and building high-performance vehicles. This supercar concept was conceived by Gordon Murray, who persuaded Ron Dennis to gather a team to build this iconic performance machine.

When it comes to speed and power output of the car, the F1 is powered by a BMW 6.0-liter S70/2 V12 that produces 618 bhp at 650 Nm of torque. Its transmission setup is a 6-speed manual that was configured to deliver quick shifts. The McLaren F1 0-60 mph time was recorded at 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 241 mph (386 km/h). It had set the record for the world’s fastest production car in 1998 beating the Jaguar XJ220.

The McLaren F1 was the first car to carry carbon-fiber components in its body panels and understructure. It was McLaren’s aim to build a lightweight supercar capable of reaching great speeds and delivering superior handling. They succeeded in their mission and went on to create a revolution in the high-performance vehicle manufacturing industry. Therefore, even today, McLaren F1 is considered one among the greatest cars ever produced. With only 106 models manufactured, the car is extremely rare and fetches a substantial value in the collectors market.

“Hanging the engine off the back of the monocoque was pretty much my idea.” ~ Bruce McLaren.

2013 McLaren P1

Launched in the year 2013, the P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter Bi-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 727 horsepower. Additionally, there’s an electric motor that cranks out 176 hp, creating a total combined power output of 903. It has a rear-wheel drive powertrain setup with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

McLaren P1 0-60 mph time is a mere 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h). With the sport mode enabled, the P1 drops 50 mm lower using its hydraulic spring system. Hence, it provides more road grip and a total downforce of 600 kgs at a speed of 257 km/h.

2017 McLaren 720S

McLaren 720S is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 Bi-Turbo engine that cranks out 710 horsepower at 770 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 212 mph (341 km/h) and can sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The 720S has a rear-wheel drive powertrain with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Its interior has a ton of driver assistance and comfort features. Some of the highlight features of the car include front-end lift system, 360 view camera, and McLaren Track Telemetry. The 720S is a direct competitor to the Lamborghini Huracan, but is arguably more comfortable then the Lambo as per motoring journalists.

2015 McLaren 765 LT (Long Tail)

The McLaren 765 LT is equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 755 horsepower at 800 Nm of torque. Furthermore. it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h). The 765 LT comes with Proactive Chassis Control II system that provides accurate handling and cornering capability during high-speed commutes.

McLaren has targeted the 765 LT as a track-focused road legal supercar. The car comes standard with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires for maximum grip. Its weight has been reduced by an extensive use of carbon-fiber and alcantara elements.

Top speed and 0-60 times of McLaren cars

Following are the performance highlights of the fastest McLaren cars in the world:

McLaren Models Top Speed 0-60 Mph Time
2020 Speedtail 250 mph 2.9 seconds
1992 F1 241 mph 3.2 seconds
2013 P1 217 mph 2.5 seconds
2017 720S 212 mph 2.6 seconds
2015 765 LT 205 mph 2.4 seconds

The fastest British supercars by McLaren

McLaren 720S Top Speed

McLaren is a company that has built its legacy around racing across different motorsport events like Formula 1, and 24 Hour Le Mans. This British automobile company is popular for manufacturing some of the fastest cars in the world. Since the F1 was launched the company has gone on to build several iconic supercars as mentioned above. For enthusiasts looking to get behind the wheels of a McLaren, you can rent one from a luxury car rental in Dubai.