Both McLaren and Ferrari have announced performance figures for their respective hypercars, but how do they compare?

The LaFerrari has been officially revealed at the Geneva motor show, setting up the most eagerly anticipated showdown of recent history as it battles for supremacy and sales among the super-rich with the McLaren P1.

LaFerrari -– or ‘The Ferrari’ –- is the successor to the Ferrari Enzo hypercar and it is already clear that while McLaren has set out to build what it calls the ‘ultimate driver’s car’, Ferrari has set out to build the fastest, most extreme car ever made.

Consequently, every performance figure Ferrari has quoted exceeds those of McLaren. That may be no coincidence, as Ferrari released details a week later than its rival, giving the opportunity to ensure it came out on top by revealing only what it wanted to.

What’'s clear, though, is this battle will continue to run. While LaFerrari will inevitably capture all the main headlines from the Geneva motor show, the ultimate verdict can only be delivered when the two cars leave the motor show stands and are driven in anger.

To read more about the new LaFerrari, click here. For more on the McLaren P1, click here.

Join the debate

Comments
15

5 March 2013

Dry weight 1255kgs?

Until we see a customer car stuck on the scales, we'll never know what it really weighs.

Customer cars, same day, same track, is going to be the only way of seeing which one is really the fastest.

Chances of that happening. Zero.

5 March 2013

I do not understand why they are bragging about the dry weight considering its main rival is not using dry weight at all (and rightly so), I know the people who buy this car will not car if its this much they want a uber rare ferrari.

I do not get the name of the new ferrari either the LaFerrari and I am not sold yet on the exterior of the new ferrari (nor am I on the P1 to be fair)

It is hard to say which is faster, but I would bet on the McLaren being the faster out of the two around a track because of that rear spoiler.

5 March 2013

This a test that must happen!,someone somewhere will get them together either officially or not, probably in the Emirates, because to the seriously minted out there, the price for either is Taxi fare.

Peter Cavellini.

TBC

5 March 2013

........ to see if either can outpace the Pagani..............

5 March 2013

When I saw 'La Ferrari' I thoughtit was a typo!

The first gay sounding Ferrari....form an orderly queue boys!

On a track expect the P1 and Pagani to show it what real men are capable of!

5 March 2013

Gotta admit, it sounds so 'fashionista', almost like  perfume ad but it does also looks like ths cat's pijamas 

6 March 2013

They will be almost identical in every respect apart from the way they look.

Why not support an English firm doing a new thing, rather than an Italian one who takes it for granted?

McLaren are surely taking a massive risk with their new car ventutre. Ferrari have the support of their government.

In an equal race, I support English.

 

TBC

6 March 2013

The question that really needs to be asked is, who cares if one has slightly more power than the other, or if one weighs slightly less. Most, if not all, will be bought by collectors hoping that their investment will appreciate.

If you're lucky, one brave owner may allow the odd motoring journalist to have a go in one, but as with the Lamborghini Veneno, almost completely pointless (other than filling up wall space on young boys/mens bedroom walls).

6 March 2013

Those performance figures on the graphic are unviewable even when enlarged. They're too small and blurry.

6 March 2013

When I click on photos in the articles, why can't I scroll through the photos in the site, instead of having to click back and forth?...

Would make it far more user friendly......As for the two cars.......The P1 is the nicer prospect

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK