There’s no shortage of supercars available today. High-horsepower machines come from nearly every automaker in one shape or another, but few cars turn heads like a Ferrari or a McLaren. Both are pinnacles of performance, so when two line up at a drag strip – the F8 Tributo and 720S – it’s best to pay attention.
Both produce 710 horsepower (530 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque, sending power through seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes to the rear wheels. The Ferrari uses a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 while McLaren uses a slightly larger 4.0-liter unit. One of the few differences is their weight. The McLaren tips the scales at 3,120 pounds (1,415 kilograms) while the Ferrari is heftier at 3,480 pounds (1,578 kg).