Every McLaren is fast. From the company’s first attempt at a production car in the M6GT to the mighty McLaren F1 to the latest luxury GT, they all lead their respective competitors in terms of outright performance. The numbers don’t lie. It is part of the McLaren promise to prospective owners that you are getting one very rapid car for your money. McLaren is always upping the ante with every new model. We are talking about a car company that consistently delivers cars that launches from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat or under, it is quite an accomplishment.
It really started in the 1990s. Early 1990s era supercars were fast, but McLaren came along in the mid-90s with the McLaren F1 and it simply blew everybody away in terms of performance. The F1 did not just beat the other supercars at the time, it blew them away so convincingly that it wasn’t until the Bugatti Veyron came along more than a decade later that its acceleration and top speed records were beaten. It was Gordon Murray, the former F1 engineer and his obsession with weight savings and attention to detail that redefined what a supercar could be. It was like no other supercar before it (or like any other since), a car that redefined what it meant to be a supercar and what performance leaps could continue into the future.
While lap times and top speed numbers were important, most of you wanted to see McLaren 0 – 60 mph and quarter miles times. There is just something about a car going from standstill to sixty mph that gets car guys talking, it is the bread and butter of car enthusiast arguments and has been for decades. You can feel a McLaren’s 0-60 mph time and even quarter mile in a way that you can’t with top speed. Any modern McLaren will hit 200 mph and you can do that speed exactly nowhere. Hit 60 mph in under 3 seconds in a McLaren, you can do that anywhere you want, anytime you want. Plus, most top speeds are electronically limited (usually to protect tires) so it is an artificial number. In saying that, enough people wanted the McLaren top speed numbers so we included them.
In this post you will find McLaren 0-60 mph, 0-124 mph times and 1/4 mile times for every production McLaren ever. We also added horsepower numbers and top speed numbers for every McLaren model to round out the performance elements we believe made most sense to compare. We focused on production model performance and chose not include any of the McLaren MSO cars or the pure race cars. McLaren MSO cars mimic their donor cars so we don’t get anything from those numbers and the race car numbers are not published so the data is sporadic or just wrong when we can find it.
The 570S McLaren range can hardly be called “entry level” by any reasonable person. We are talking about cars with an advanced Carbon Monocell II monocoque chassis and a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 driving the rear wheels. The range is quite varied.
At the bottom you have the 540C which is focused on daily driving and despite its lower price it still gets the all the main performance-aiding technologies from its pricier siblings. The 570S Coupe is our favorite, the right balance of performance and supercar abilities with enough manners to be driven every day. The Spider version is just as good but with some extra volume and wind running through your hair.
The 570GT Coupe is less track focused and has some more creature comforts, particularly when it comes to cargo space as well as slightly softer suspension settings and improved sound insulation. All of the cars in 570S range are insanely fast supercars as the numbers below show you.
Technically, the 600LT and 600LT Spider are part of the 570S range, but they are special enough to us that we wanted to break them out separately. Based on the 570S, the 600LT and 600LT Spider are the ultimate, souped up and track focused 570S. 592 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque plus perfect handling and eye-watering performance they are deserving of the LT name.
The McLaren 720S was released in 2017 , a successor to the McLaren 650S platform. While the 650S was quick the 720S took things to a whole new level. With a larger 4.0L M840T twin-turbo V8 and power of 710 hp it is able to go 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and 0-124 mph in 7.8 seconds. Top speed is an absurd 217 mph.
In addition to raw speed the McLaren 720S has become a true sports car experience. Driver centric with epic performance it is lightweight, has direct steering and spot on dynamics. McLaren it seems has also figured out how to make convertibles as good as their coupe siblings. Take the top down (15 seconds) and you add a whole host of sounds and sensations that are unique to the Spider.
McLaren’s latest model it is McLaren’s answer for executives looking for a high performance luxury car. The team focused on creating space and comfort, making cross-country trips and daily driving more enjoyable. McLaren has said the GT model was built with express purpose of delivering a better overall daily car that is more comfortable and luxurious, it is hard to imagine any other McLaren being better for daily use.
The car has a mid-engine 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 that makes 612 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. McLaren has changed the way that power is delivered, making it different than the rest of the range in order to suit a GT-like driving experience. The car isn’t some plush boat though. It is still a McLaren and as such performance will be amazing. It can do 124 mph in nine seconds flat and has a top speed of 203 mph.
McLaren claims this is the most extreme road car it’s ever built. It was designed to smash lap records and spend days destroying circuits lap after lap. Every aspect of its design is focused on making it fast around a track. The Senna is all about aerodynamics – up to 1500 pounds of air pressing the mid-engined two-seater into the tarmac at 155 mph.
It develops 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque all deployed through the rear wheels via a seven-speed twin clutch gearbox. The sprints to 62mph is over in 2.8 seconds while 124mph comes up in just 6.8 seconds.
Successor to the McLaren F1 (including iconic 3-seat layout). The Speedtail is a limited-production hypercar (only 106 will be built). McLaren calls it their first ever Hyper-GT. Top speed north of 250 mph. While McLaren has been a little quiet on the full specs of the car and its ultimate performance, they have given us some numbers to chew on and it is mighty impressive.
List of McLaren Performance Numbers for Legacy Models
The McLaren F1 is the best supercar ever made. Its puts much of today’s supercar crowd to shame, and ergonomic features like the driver-centered, three-seat cockpit have rarely been seen since. Sure there are cars that are faster, but nobody did it the way the F1 did it.
On 31 March 1998, Andy Wallace set the record for the fastest road car in the world, topping at 231 mph (372 km/h) with rev limiter on, and 242.95 mph (391 km/h) with rev limiter removed. Many still believe that with better gearing (inclusion of a 7th gear) the McLaren was capable of even higher speeds. Drivers who got the McLaren up to top speed said the car was still pulling and only gearing stopped them for achieving more.
This was the start of the modern day McLaren story. Cutting-edge carbon-fiber composite structure, trick suspension that is part luxury part race car. You could drive the 12C supercar every day. Launched with 592 bhp and later upgraded to 616 bhp. The inevitable convertible version of the MP4-12C supercar was known at the 12C Spider and was equally potent. With the same lightweight engine developing 616 bhp and unique folding roof system and carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the 12C. Blistering pace and road manners meant this was a great intro to the new McLaren company.
The McLaren 650S range was more a mid-life upgrade for the 12C range than an outright new model. The goal was to fix all the bad stuff in the 12C. On the outside, the front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance that makes the 12C look plain. It is also quicker, more assertive and dynamically better than the 12C. Mechanically identical to the 650S Coupé, the 650S Spider is fitted with the M838T twin turbo V8 engine, producing 641 bhp and 500 lb ft. This means a 3.0 second sprint to 60 mph, identical to the Coupé.
A lighter, faster and more hardcore version of the McLaren 650S. Track-focused but still absolutely scintillating on the road. Nothing less than one of the greatest automotive experiences ever. The 675LT Spider has the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 as the Coupe with its 666hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Reaching 60 mph from a standstill takes just 2.9 seconds, making it a tenth of a second faster the 488 Spider.
Limited production run of 375, the P1 showed people that hybrid hypercars could be astonishing from a performance perspective. Cool electric motor handily fill in the torque hole left by turbo lag. One of the best ever. Given the focus on performance, it’s no surprise that McLaren allowed aerodynamics to define the overall design of the P1. The top speed may be below the F1 – an electronically limited 217 mph to the F1’s 240+mph VMax – but absolute maximum speed is not what P1 is about. The P1 makes the dash from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-186mph takes just 16.5 seconds (that’s 5.5 seconds faster than the F1).