May 21, 2022

World’s Greatest Drag Race Has A Predictable Winner And One Big Surprise

The annual World’s Greatest Drag Race returns, with MotorTrend gathering 12 of the fastest new cars on the Vandenberg Air Force Base’s huge runway to settle their differences over a half-mile sprint.

As with every previous drag race, the cars here come from across the performance spectrum. The fleet includes the Toyota Supra, BMW M2 Competition, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, BMW 850i xDrive, Bentley Continental GT, Lamborghini Urus, Dodge Challenger Hellcat Red Eye, Jaguar XE SV Project 8, Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and the McLaren Senna.

With the McLaren Senna being the single hypercar of the group, it’s rather obvious that this is the car to beat in this drag race. Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 789 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque, making the Senna capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and of a 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in just 6.8 seconds.

The real battle to watch out for is behind the Senna, as there are eight cars here capable of doing the quarter mile in the 11s. These include the Lamborghini Urus, the Bentley Continental GT, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Red Eye and more.

But the biggest surprise of this World’s Greatest Drag Race? It has be that Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Despite lacking massively in power compared to most of the cars here, the new 911 was simply breathtakingly fast, demonstrating Porsche’s know-how in setting up a launch control and in dual-clutch transmissions among other things.

A ‘regular’ Carrera 4S doing the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds? Imagine what the upcoming 911 Turbo models will be like.

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