Ever since the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari were introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, we wanted to see a drag race between two. It took more than two years for that to happen. Likewise, gearheads have been clamoring to see a test between the newer McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB, but that has yet to happen as of this writing. But how about a drag race between the P1 and 650S? Would that be interesting enough?

Sure it would, despite the fact that the 650S would be no match for the 903-horsepower P1. The question here is, exactly how quick is the hybrid supercar compared to the less powerful, yet still exciting, 650-horsepower 650S. After all, we’re talking about two vehicles that are miles apart in terms of pricing, but are separated by less than 300 horsepower.

The video above might answer that question, even though the face-off you’re about to see isn’t a proper drag race, as there’s no timing. It only provides the speed at which the two McLaren’s cross the finish line, but these numbers as well as the footage are enough to get an idea about how quicker the P1 is. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but let’s say that I’m not exactly impressed with the P1. Have a look and tell me what you think in the comments box below.

McLaren P1

2014 McLaren P1 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the McLaren P1 here.

McLaren 650S

2015 McLaren 650S High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the McLaren 650S here.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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