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Porsche 911 Turbo S vs McLaren 720S Drag Race Confirms AWD Is King

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is quickly turning into the king of the drag strip

  • Porsche 911 Turbo S beats the McLaren 720S with a quarter-mile with a time of 10.1 seconds.


The new Porsche 911 Turbo S is quick, we all know that. Now that it has been run through a few quarter-miles, however, we are seeing just how quick it actually is.

Not only did the 911 Turbo S beat the all-electric Taycan Turbo S in a surprising drag race recently, but it also bests another strip heavyweight, the McLaren 720S. Run by Carwow, this drag race shows just how useful all-wheel drive is at getting off the line quick and why that it is such an important variable in any race.

The Porsche rockets off the line immediately, quickly gaining almost car’s length over the more powerful but rear-wheel drive McLaren. It then keeps going all the way to a quarter-mile time of 10.1 seconds. The 720S gets to the end in 10.4 seconds. Both are quick, but despite being heavier and having 640 horsepower vs 710 horsepower, the Porsche 911 Turbo S uses its power more efficiently.

In a rolling race from 50 mph (80 km/h), however, the weight and power advantages of the McLaren 720S are too much for the 911 Turbo S to overcome. The Porsche leaps forward initially, but the McLaren quickly catches up and never lets up.

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It’s another testament to just how quick and fast the new Porsche 911 Turbo S actually is. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s slowly knocking out a range of even pricier, seamingly more powerful competitors.

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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