The Ferrari F8 Tributo is a very quick car, but it can’t hold a candle to the McLaren 765LT in a straight line.
In order to show the difference between the two supercars, the guys over at Hennessey Performance recently headed to the drag strip with both a F8 Tributo and a 765LT. Sure, the F8 Tributo isn’t a direct rival to the 765LT, but until a hardcore version hits the market, it remains Maranello’s closest competitor to the McLaren.
In the first race, the 765LT needed just 9.532 seconds to sprint down the quarter-mile, at a trap speed of 147.54 mph. By comparison, the F8 Tributo took 10.139 seconds with a trap speed of 139.44 mph. The second race delivered very similar results, with the 765LT recording a 9.571-second quarter mile at 145.63 mph whereas the F8 Tributo set a 10.119-second run at exactly 139 mph.
It only takes a quick look at the spec sheets of both cars to understand why the 765LT is so much quicker. Slotted beneath the sexy bodywork of the Ferrari is a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 710 hp and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque. This engine is coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to the rear wheels, while the car tips the scales at 3,164 lbs (1,435 kg).
By comparison, the McLaren features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing a claimed 755 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. It too uses a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive, but weighs less than the Ferrari at 2,952 lbs (1,339 kg). Moreover, dyno runs suggest that the 765LT could actually be producing closer to 900 hp at the crank.