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Drag race: Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti vs Lamborghini Aventador SV vs tuned Porsche 911 Turbo S

July 09, 2021 by

Picture this — you’re ultra-wealthy and fancy one of a Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti, a Lamborghini Aventador SV or a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Ignoring how they look, handle corners, sound or make you feel, all you want to decide between them is ‘which will win in a drag race on a secluded airfield in rural England’?

Well first, what a lovely life you’re living and second, today’s drag race will answer that for you.

Let’s start with the Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti, then. This Italian stallion (which we should note you could only buy new if you raced in Ferrari’s exclusive challenge motorsport series) is powered by a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 720hp and 770Nm of torque.

That’s sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This two-wheel-drive setup is great for giving you the pure supercar experience, but it puts the 488 a slight disadvantage compared with today’s rival from Bologna.

See, the Lamborghini Aventador SV has a bigger engine — a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 — producing 750hp and 690Nm of torque.

It too uses a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, though puts its power through an all-wheel-drive system which should give it an advantage off the line compared with the 488.

The Aventador is something of a heavyweight in comparison though, tipping the scales at 1,575kg compared with the Ferrari’s 1,385kg weigh-in.

Charging down from Stuttgart is the third of today’s competitors. Normally the Porsche 911 Turbo S would be at a bit of a horsepower disadvantage here with its 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine producing 650hp and 850Nm.

This is no normal 911 Turbo S, though. It’s been tuned by ES Motor, who have boosted it up to 800hp and 950Nm of torque.

That still gets sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It’s the porkiest of the trio though, with a 1,640kg kerbweight.

Which way is your hypothetical money going, then? Well, you’ll need to watch to find out…

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