• Can the Lexus LFA Beat a Mercedes SLR McLaren 722S In a Drag Race?

It’s a Japanese V-10 against a German V-8 in a straight-line dash

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Lexus introduced the uber-cool LFA sports car back in 2010. The Japanese automaker built just 500 examples of this beauty, but surprisingly, there are a few of them – less than 10 – still sitting pretty at the dealerships. Anyway, the folks at Lovecars managed to get one of them and pit it against the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S in a drag race. Do you think the Japanese can trump its German counterpart?

Can the Lexus LFA Beat a Mercedes SLR McLaren 722S In a Drag Race?
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The Lexus LFA comes with a mighty big 10-pot engine under the hood that displaces 4.8 liters. It churns out 563 ponies and 354 pound-feet of torque. It sends power to the wheels via a six-speed Aisin-sourced automated manual gearbox. The LFA weighs roughly around 3,260 pounds and takes 3.8 seconds to sprint to 62 mph from a standstill. The top speed is rated at 202 mph.

Can the Lexus LFA Beat a Mercedes SLR McLaren 722S In a Drag Race?
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The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S, on the other hand, comes with a 5.4-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that is a lot more powerful. It makes 660 horses and 664 pound-feet of torque. It is paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox, which sounds like a bummer, but helps the car sprint to 62 mph in three seconds flat! The 722S weighs around 3,420 pounds, but its power-to-weight ratio is better than the LFA.

Even though all the odds are stacked up against the LFA, can it still beat the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S? Watch the video below and find out for yourself, and let us know your thoughts on it.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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