In another wild drag race, Top Gear has surprised us with an unlikely victory. Four of the world’s fastest cars lined up for a quarter-mile shootout. Each contender has around 600 horsepower, but that is the only common factor between them. McLaren’s 570S is the shining star of their Sports Series. It has a mid-mounted 3.8 liter V8 with twin turbos and rear wheel drive. The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is also 3.8 liters, but in the form of a flat six with forced induction.
If you are noticing a trend, engines of this size are becoming the norm thanks to fuel economy regulations and clean air laws. Japan was represented by the revised 2017 Nissan GT-R which (shockingly) arrived with a 3.8 liter V6 and turbochargers. Audi’s latest R8 is a 5.2 liter V10, being the largest engine in the race. All four cars have the latest in launch and traction controls, but the McLaren is at a disadvantage without AWD. If you prefer manual transmissions look elsewhere, the dual-clutch automatic is a great equalizer. While some might not agree with the winner, the numbers speak for themselves. Stay with us for more Top Gear updates.