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    • The 2018 Road and Track Performance Car of the Year is... The McLaren 720S - Was AMG robbed?

      Road and Track gets this right although there are some surprising results in the 2018 Performance Car of the Year competition. Giving the crown to the 720S despite it being bested on the track by not one but two cheaper cars will make this controversial.


      The damn thing is so fast though. Road and Track tested the 1/4 mile time for the 720S at 9.9 @ 148.2. This is another example of magazines showing numbers that are faster than reality.

      They get a 10.2 @ 134.6 for the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

      What is amusing is that BoostAddict put up an article on both of these cars testing on the same dragstrip at the same time last month. The times? 9.98 @ 141.1 for the McLaren 720S and 10.78 @ 129.78 for the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

      Something is off here especially when you look over the entire field and their acceleration results:

      1. McLaren 720S - 9.9 @ 148.2
      2. Lamborghini Huracan Performante - 10.2 @ 134.6
      3. Mercedes-AMG GT R - 11.2 @ 128.9
      4. Camaro ZL1 1LE - 11.7 @ 124.0
      5. Bentley Continental Supersports - 11.7 @ 119.6
      6. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio - 11.9 @ 119.7
      7. Audi TT-RS - 11.9 @ 115.7
      8. Lexus LC500 - 13.0 @ 111.8
      9. Civic Type-R - 13.7 @ 106.3
      10. 991.2 GT3 - NOT TESTED


      You have some times that are fast like for the McLaren and Lamborghini but then the new TT-RS only get a 115.7 trap speed. Iroz Motorsport got a 119 mile per hour trap speed out of the new TT-RS (with a downpipe) and an 11.4 elapsed time in Vegas heat. European magazines got a 121 trap speed stock. What is going on here?

      Do not take magazine times as gospel although forum racers will no doubt cite these numbers even especially blatantly obvious outliers like the Huran Performante.

      Acceleration is only one part of performance. What about the laptimes? Here you are, tested at NCM Motorsports Park:


      A 1:28.25 for the AMG GT R!

      The 720S despite being lighter and more powerful than either the AMG GT-R or Lamborghini Huracan Performante is bested by them. The AMG GT R is well over a full second quicker around the than the Huracan or 720S. That's huge!

      The AMG GT R is doing more with less. Mercedes-AMG deserves tremendous credit for what they achieved. A heavier front engine car is beating two lighter mid-engined exotics around the track that are almost twice its price. Remarkable!

      So why does the McLaren win? This:

      Quote Originally Posted by Road and Track
      It rides better than the Bentley, outhandles the aero-intensive Huracán, and leaves the snorting Camaro dead to rights in a drag race, all while making its driver feel like the most special person in the world. You could own this car for a lifetime and never grow tired of the pur sang manner in which it conquers everything from a 200-mph blitz to the commuting crawl. No street car in history has offered a better driving position, a more immediate command of the road, or a better integration of usability and capability.
      It seems to just be the best all around performance car in the world. You will not get an argument from BoostAddict. It is the best all around performance car in the world at any price.




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      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        These times are all over the place, for laps and ET. Is the 720S really trapping 14mph faster than the Peformante? I'm skeptical. And I'm even more surprised the 720S didn't clean up on the road course, but I guess it was on the non Corsa tires. (Side note: Why doesn't McLaren just use Michelin??)
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        The AMG GTR is a keeper.

        ZL1 1LE out lapping the 991.2 GT3 is impressive.
      1. Sticky2's Avatar
        Sticky2 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge

        ZL1 1LE out lapping the 991.2 GT3 is impressive.
        I wanted to highlight that but show me a PDK GT3...
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky2 Click here to enlarge
        I wanted to highlight that but show me a PDK GT3...
        The GT3 needing PDK to outrun a Camaro is something I thought would never be said.
      1. SVP03's Avatar
        SVP03 -
        Attachment 55379

        Here is the Scandinavian test. The GT3 pdk is faster, the 720S was to new then.
        The yellow is this year.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nbrigdan Click here to enlarge
        Is the 720S really trapping 14mph faster than the Peformante?
        It is trapping 12 miles or so higher in the real world...

        The times are suspect though here.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SVP03 Click here to enlarge
        Here is the Scandinavian test. The GT3 pdk is faster, the 720S was to new then.
        The yellow is this year.
        What magazine is this?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SpeedLimit? Click here to enlarge
        The GT3 needing PDK to outrun a Camaro is something I thought would never be said.
        Why not? Not only does the GT3 have a smaller motor it is naturally aspirated. To be at its best it needs to be very efficient and use technology.

        The ZL1 is more about raw grunt.

        It's like saying the ZL1 needs a V8 and a blower to get near what Porsche can do with almost half the displacement naturally aspirated.
      1. SVP03's Avatar
        SVP03 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        What magazine is this?
        Carmagazine i Denmark and i cant remember the name in Sweeden.
      1. marcvtec's Avatar
        marcvtec -
        Great looking car - when will it be 200K so I can sell some of my blood to get it ?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by marcvtec Click here to enlarge
        Great looking car - when will it be 200K so I can sell some of my blood to get it ?
        If these things hit $200k... hell, sign me for the blood drive too.
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        That LC500 is a turd. Should have put an ///M car in there instead (any M will do).
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        That LC500 is a turd. Should have put an ///M car in there instead (any M will do).
        No idea why the LC500 is in any performance competition...
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by marcvtec Click here to enlarge
        Great looking car - when will it be 200K so I can sell some of my blood to get it ?
        Shouldn't be long honestly, I'd give it 2 years tops. Look at 650S prices right now, absolutely beautiful used examples are at 180-190K USD already.
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why not? Not only does the GT3 have a smaller motor it is naturally aspirated. To be at its best it needs to be very efficient and use technology.

        The ZL1 is more about raw grunt.

        It's like saying the ZL1 needs a V8 and a blower to get near what Porsche can do with almost half the displacement naturally aspirated.
        I'll wait til Randy Pobst tests one. He's shown that manuals can still be faster. A v8 and blower is necessary to have a chance when the car is almost 4,000lbs trying to hot lap.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nbrigdan Click here to enlarge
        Shouldn't be long honestly, I'd give it 2 years tops. Look at 650S prices right now, absolutely beautiful used examples are at 180-190K USD already.
        650S examples are even less than that and MP4-12C's are the performance bargain of all time in the 120's.

        I think people may be catching on to McLaren though. They're more technologically advanced than anyone else with better performance.

        The only reason to get a Ferrari or Lamborghini is because you're a badge whore. The McLaren badge is more exclusive anyway. I hope it remains a marque for connoisseurs.
      1. PianoProdigy's Avatar
        PianoProdigy -
        I intend to buy a used 720s to replace my GTR when the prices come down some. Maybe late next year the highly-optioned cars that were just under $400k will come down to $275k or even less?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PianoProdigy Click here to enlarge
        I intend to buy a used 720s to replace my GTR when the prices come down some. Maybe late next year the highly-optioned cars that were just under $400k will come down to $275k or even less?
        The baes price for the model is about $285k so I don't get how they are doing $100k in options on them.

        The high 200's will come but next year is optimistic?

        I'm hoping in three year they are within range for me.
      1. Alpina_B3_Lux's Avatar
        Alpina_B3_Lux -
        I like the test and the result - it’s fairly balanced overall. Quite amazed at the performance of the Camaro which doesn’t get much press over here in Europe (yet?). Not too surprising the Lamborghini and AMG are a bit faster on track - they’re track focused derivatives whereas the Macca is on street tires, and more focused on everyday usability.

        The TT-RS got a huge beating just a few weeks back for its catastrophic brake performance - not even a single Nürburgring lap possible without cooking the brake pads (seemingly not enough cooling). The Civic gets a lot of excellent reviews too, seems to be the best hot hatch right now.

        If money was no issue, I’d also go for the McLaren. Hopefully I’ll be able to test drive one next year...
      1. MSIZZLE's Avatar
        MSIZZLE -
        i won't be able to get a 720s but the 570 is definitely my next car. I just got an R8 to replace my M6. With the M6 growing to an M8 eventually and the m5 is now awd and automatic and huge I think I'm unfortunately done with M.