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Hyper Car Battle. LaFerrari vs McLaren P1 vs Porsche 918 Spyder vs Bugatti Veyron SS vs Pagani Huayra
1st part of a 3 part series called HYPER 5, where we compare all these beasts and put them to the test! Holy shit.
Our favorite automotive journo takes the latest Ferrari creation for a spin on both the road and track. He calls the new 488 is "a very interesting machine". And very fast. Watch and enjoy.
42 minute-long festival of burning rubber in 2014's best sports cars.
This Car of the Year 2014 video is an epic, 42 minute-long festival of burning rubber and petrol in seven fast cars at Portimao. Chris Harris spanks the 918, GT3, M3, F12, 458 Speciale, Trophy R, V12 Vantage S. Amazing cars, amazing location, lots of sliding and fun. Enjoy.
We love Lambos. They are the world's most recognizable, uncompromising vehicles in modern history. Think Countach. Think Diablo. Think Murciélago. Think Aventador.
Lamborghini built its empire on monstrously capable V12-powered supercars, so when the Gallardo debuted with its V10 and 'affordable' pricing in 2003, we were skeptical. A decade and several special editions later, all doubts would be dashed, and the Gallardo would claim the throne as the best-selling Lamborghini of all time. In fact, it sold more than 14,000 units in its ten-year run, making up for nearly half of the Lamborghinis ever sold. Ever.
For 2015, Lamborghini has debuted the replacement for Gallardo: the Huracán LP610-4. Time to check out some of the initial video reviews.
They'll tell you that Lamborghini is a brand that focuses on the street first, but by the end of the Gallardo's run, it had become a substantial force on the track, too. With that in mind, the Huracán steps into a somewhat crowded segment of semi-accessible, track-ready super-sports cars, primarily with competition from the Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren 650S, Audi R8, and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. However, the Lamborghini manages to set itself apart from the crowd with ease.
The Huracán is louder than the rest, both in sound and style, and there's something to be said about brand image here. While Ferrari and Aston owners will likely earn credit for being the gentlemen of the group, and McLaren guys will be the weird, tech-obsessed racers, arriving in a Lamborghini most assuredly turns you into a showman and entertainer. Everything about the car demands onlookers' attention, and that's likely one of the greater joys of driving it.
Ultimately, we're talking about a supercar here, and the Huracán is no slouch around town or on the track. That 5.2-liter V10 can launch the car to 60 miles per hour in right at 3.0-seconds flat, and to 124-mph in under 10 seconds toward a top speed of 202 mph. That makes it as quick as all but the McLaren, and just as fast as the Ferrari. We never saw those upper limits thanks to Ascari's triple-loop design, but those turns did give us the chance to really push the all-wheel-drive system and new transmission. They're brilliant.
The Huracán's steering is both effortless and insanely sharp, and the faster you go, the more responsive car becomes. Tuned up to Sport and Corsa modes, the transmission responds with lightning-quick shifts, and the suspension remains flat as you bank around corners. Those things are expected in the segment. What's unique, though, is the all-wheel-drive system's immense traction, which moves power around to each wheel within milliseconds for the very best approach to each corner. You're able to tackle each curve more aggressively than you can in rear-drive cars, making the Lamborghini very quick around the track, but also very forgiving if you need to make a quick maneuver.
As a die-hard Ferrari fan, it is hard to watch McLaren kick ass with their McLaren P1. As a die-hard sports car fan, it is intoxicating to see what is achievable in a street car in 2014. These things (including the Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari in the conversation too) are just so much more powerful, fast and straight out crazy than ever imagined. When new videos pop up of any of these cars we are quick to make sure we share them so we can all enjoy.
This Autocar review of the McLaren P1 by Steve Sutcliffe is over three days and included a drag race against an AMG Mercedes, sideways action on a race circuit and airfield and then some road time. If you don't want to watch the video the conclusion is that the P1 is remarkably usable on public roads and is probably the best supercar EVER made. Bold claim but it seems plausible. Turn up the volume and sit back and relax.