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Ferrari LaFerrari vs. McLaren P1 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder Performance



The battle of the supercars has heated up with the arrival of the Ferrari LaFerrari, which was first seen during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. In fact, it was such a huge hit that 499 examples of the hybrid supercar were sold out even before the car was made available to the market. With a price tag of around $1.4 million, this supercar is expected to give the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder a run for their money.

But which is the best supercar between these three, at least in terms of performance? To be able to arrive at an answer to the question, it’s best to look at each supercar separately.

Ferrari LaFerrari

The LaFerrari is powered by a 6.3 liter, V12 engine that can produce 789 horsepower. It works in tandem with a Samsung electric motor with a rated power of 161 horsepower, both of which drive the rear axle. The high motor torque output, according to Ferrari, allows the motor to tune the engine to produce its best output at high revs. Overall the LaFerrari has a combined rating of around 950 horsepower and 664 pound feet of torque.

ferrari-laferrariIts top speed is more than 217 miles per hour. According to Motor Trend, it can zoom from 0 to 60 miles per hour in very impressive 2.4 seconds. Fuel economy according to EPA is around 12 mpg for city and 16 mpg for highway, which is pretty respectable for this type of vehicle.

This car joins an impressive list of Ferrari supercars like the 288 GTO in 1984, the F40 in 1987, the F50 in 1995 and the Enzo in 2002. However, car experts who have driven all Ferrari supercars agree that this is the fastest of the lot.

Aside from its power and speed the LaFerrari is also getting rave reviews for its precise handling. You will love the accurate steering that in some occasions, you would feel that the chassis is connected to your body directly.

McLaren P1

This $1.35 million supercar made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, with deliveries to retail customers starting in October 2013. This is the successor to the McLaren F1 although it lacks the three seat layout which is found in the latter. It utilizes hybrid power and F1 technology.

mclaren-p1The car is powered by a 3.8 liter, twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine. The twin turbos combine to deliver around 727 horsepower and 531 pound feet of torque while the in-house electric motor produces 176 horsepower and 192 pound feet of torque. Combining these powertrains, the P1 has a total power of 903 horsepower and torque output of 722 pound feet.

The P1 can zoom from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as fast as 2.6 seconds, which means that it is just .2 of a second slower compared to LaFerrari in this regard.

Still, the P1 has its own merits. One is that its braking system is impressive, clocking in at 2.9 seconds from moving at 62 miles per hour to a flat 0. It is also equipped with Formula 1 features like Instant Power Assist System that enables the electric motor to give an instant boost in acceleration, and a Drag Reduction system that increases straight line speed. Said features are activated via two buttons placed on the steering wheel.

Porsche 918 Spyder

This sports car was first shown as a concept car during the 80th Geneva Motor Show in 2010. Three years later, the actual car was unveiled during the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6 liter V8 engine that can produce 608 horsepower. It is also equipped with a couple of electric motors that can deliver 279 horsepower for a combined output of 887 horsepower. It has a seven-speed, dual clutch automatic with manual shifting mode. Top speed is around 210 miles per hour.

Around 918 units of this limited edition sports car have been manufactured and sold since 2013 with a starting price of around $847,000. Production ended in June 2015.

Due to being the only AWD supercar on this list, the 918 Spyder is a bit quicker than the P1 and LaFerrari, at least when it comes to accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour. It can do so in around 2.2 seconds according to Car and Driver, which is .2 seconds quicker than the Ferrari and .4 seconds quicker than the McLaren supercar.

The 918 Spyder has five drive modes—Sport, Race, Hybrid, Hot Laps, and E-drive. Activate the latter and the car uses only the electric motor, which makes its acceleration much slower achieving 0 to 60 mph in about 6.7 seconds. Hybrid lets you enjoy a relaxed and responsive gearbox, while Sport gives the car a better response and handling.

In terms of performance, the 918 Spyder has the best 0-60 times due to its AWD system, while the LaFerrari catches up and beats it later in the ¼ mile. The McLaren P1 ends up lagging behind both. However, there’s no denying that all three cars appeal to thrill-seeking motorists.

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