If you think that the McLaren 540C is no good, you really need to watch this video fast.
When it comes to straight-line performances, it’s hard not to appreciate the performance of a good all-wheel drive system, especially if it is paired with lots of power that runs through a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There are mainly 3 cars that quickly comes to mind here.
The Nissan GT-R is the first car that comes to mind when talking about this kind of topic. It’s the car that set this trend and with the car’s newest iteration which produces 562hp from its from its twin-turbo V6 engine, a number that will easily get you into trouble with the law in a blink of an eye.
Next is the Honda NSX or Acura (North America), a car that uses one of the most advanced hybrid powertrains in the market, mixing also a twin-turbo V6 with no less than three electric motors for a total of 573hp.
The last and the weakest of the three is the McLaren 540C. With “just” 533hp the McLaren 540C is already at a disadvantage. Add in the traction disadvantage, the McLaren 540C is indeed the weakest of the three on paper. The only thing that the McLaren 540C has is that it is miles lighter that the two cars thanks to its carbon tub chassis. More specifically, the 540C is 412kg (908 lbs) lighter than the Honda NSX and 439kg (967 lbs) lighter than the Nissan GT-R.
In this video, Auto Express pitted the three cars on a straight-line race to see who wins at the end. Watch the video and you may learn a very valuable lesson right here!