With the release of the Ferrari 488 GTB, it seems that McLaren pre-empted the inevitable with the twin-turbocharged V8 McLaren 12C and then the 650S. Turbocharging is the future for high-performance cars. To see how the McLaren 650S compares to its last naturally-aspirated rival, the Lamborghini Huracan, Car Magazine in South Africa set up a drag race between the pair.


On paper, the McLaren 650S delivers 642 hp from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8. By comparison, the 5.2-litre V10 of the engine produces 602 hp driving all four wheels. Official performance times suggest the Huracan can reach 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds while the 650S reaches the same mark in 3 seconds flat.

However, it is in the sprint to 200 km/h where the 650S really gains an upper hand over its Italian rival. It’ll travel from a standstill to 200 km/h in just 8.4 seconds compared to the 9.9 seconds required by the Huracan.

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