If you listen carefully, you should be able to hear a low roar coming from the Palexpo Center in Geneva, Switzerland: the convention floor holds two all-new or updated hypercars that cost upwards of $1 million and make anywhere between 750 and 1030 hp. Strap in, because we’re taking a look at how they stack up against each other (and one important competitor) by the numbers.
Geneva’s major debuts went 1-2 with the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 battling for supremacy in the all-new segment of high-powered hybrids. But it’s impossible to mention those two without also talking about the other plug-in hypercar: the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Porsche’s 918 Spyder, which we’ve seen, heard, and experienced for a while now, is powered by a 4.6-liter, 585-hp V-8 engine mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. Porsche adds two electric motors to this, one powering the front wheels and one mounted between the engine and transmission. The discrete front motor allows for electric-only driving in front-wheel drive mode; drivers can also mate the two electric motors and drive with more power (and all-wheel drive). Flick a switch and the 918 unleashes its full fury: 795 horsepower total, good enough for a sub-three-second 0-60 time and a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
Those are great numbers, but they’re no longer class leading. The McLaren P1, officially released this morning, takes the formula up another notch. It uses a 727-hp, 531-lb-ft version of the McLaren MP4-12C’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 and attaches an electric motor between the engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Total system power is 903 hp and 664 lb-ft, good enough to rocket the car from a stop to 62 mph in less than three seconds, 124 mph in less than seven seconds, 186 mph in less than 17 seconds, and on to a top speed of 217 mph.
But the undisputed king of horsepower is the newly announced Ferrari LaFerrari. It uses a 6.3-liter V-12 that produces 789 hp, nearly as much as the Porsche 918’s total output. But the LaFerrari adds a 161-hp hybrid system (with one transmission-mounted electric motor and one motor that only runs accessories), elevating its output to 951 hp and 664 lb-ft. With power like that, the LaFerrari promises to hit 62 mph in less than three seconds and 124 mph in less than seven seconds. Top speed is more than 200 mph.
If you’d like a LaFerrari, however, you’re not in luck: it’s been reported that more than 700 buyers have stood up to purchase the car, even though Ferrari promises to make only 499 (at a price exceeding $1 million). McLaren hasn’t said if it has sold out its allotment of 375 cars yet (at $1.15 million each), but Porsche has plenty of 918s to spare (as you’d expect, it’s making 918, at a cost of $1,000,200).
|Gas Engine||4.6-liter V-8||6.3-liter V-12||3.8-liter twin-turbo V-12|
|Gas Engine Output||585 hp||789 hp||727 hp, 531 lb-ft|
|Transmission||seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic||seven-speed dual-clutch automatic||seven-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|Hybrid System||Front wheels: single electric motor, one-speed transmissionSingle electric motor mounted between engine and transmission||One electric motor coupled to transmissionOne electric motor to run accessories||One electric motor coupled to transmission|
|Hybrid System Output||116 hp; 129 hp, 184 lb-ft||161 hp||176 hp|
|Total System Power||795 hp||951 hp, 664 lb-ft||903 hp, 664 lb-ft|
|Curb Weight||3750 lbs||TBA||TBA|
|0-60 mph||less than three seconds||less than three seconds||less than three seconds|
|0-124 mph||TBA||less than seven seconds||less than seven seconds|
|0-186 mph||TBA||TBA||“no more than 17 seconds”|
|Top Speed||more than 200 mph||more than 200 mph||218 mph|
|Price||$1,000,200||est. $1 million||$1.15 million|
|Limited Run?||918 units||499 units||375 units|