• McLaren 720S vs. Ford GT - Who Wins the Half-Mile Drag Race?

This is a shootout you don’t want to miss

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The new Ford GT is an amazing machine. It might be a little overpriced compared to other models in the same niche (and especially now that Chevy has a mid-engined coupe that starts well below the $100,000 mark), but it’s a true successor to the original GT, even with that EcoBoost V-6 hidden behind the seats. But, how does it compare against something a little more exotic, more powerful, and significantly cheaper? How does it compete against something like, say, the McLaren 720S?

Well, Youtube channel DragTimes set out to determine exactly that as it put these two low-riding supercars to the test in a half-mile shootout. The results are pretty much what you would expect but, there might be a little twist in there as well (we’ll let you watch the video to find out for yourself.) Before you click play, though, let me remind you what we’re working with here.

The Ford GT has a 3.5-liter V-6 that’s good for 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque while the McLaren 720S has a 4.0-liter V-8 with 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The difference in power-to-weight ratio isn’t much, though as the 720S is a bit heavier (3,053 pounds vs. 3,167 pounds). The GT pumps out 0.212 horsepower per pound while the 720S pumps out 0.224 horsepower per pound. That’s a difference of 0.2 seconds to 60 mph in favor of the 720S, which is also nearly a second quicker to the end of a quarter-mile strip. How do they stack up in a half-mile sprint, though? Well, check out the video below to find out for yourself.

Ford GT vs. McLaren 720S Specifications
Ford GT McLaren 720S
Engine 3.5-Liter V-6 4.0-Liter V-8
Transmission Seven-Speed Auto Seven-Speed SSG
Horsepower 647 @ 6,250 RPM 710 @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 550 LB-FT @ 5,900 RPM 568 @ 5,500 RPM
Weight 3,053 LBS 3,167 LBS
Power-to-Weight Ratio 0.212 HP Per Pound 0.224 HP Per Pound
0-60 MPH 3.0 Seconds 2.8 Seconds
Quarter-Mile 10.8 Seconds 9.9 Seconds
Top Speed 216 MPH 212 MPH
Price $450,000 $284,745

Further reading

2017 Ford GT High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford GT.

2018 McLaren 720S High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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