The Real Winner of This Twin-Turbo Shootout Isn’t Actually the Quickest Car

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The last volume supercar manufacturer using natually-aspirated engines is Lamborghini. Everybody else has made the switch to forced induction by now, with most preferring a pair of turbos over single turbines, superchargers or twin-charging. Which means that if you want to find out which twin-turbo performance car is the fastest this side of a Koenigsegg Agera, there are plenty to choose from.

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First off, how about a 190mph wagon, the Audi RS6 with the Performance Pack? 605 horsepower, all-wheel drive. No matter what a great machine the Mercedes-AMG C63 S is, with “just” 510 horsepower sent to the rear wheels, the bigger Audi clearly has an advantage head to head over a standing half mile. Or does it?

Then, a 2017 Nissan GT-R pitted against the winner? Talk about a decade-old platform! Surely, a brand new Porsche 991.2 Turbo S has to take that, even with its top down. Right?

The current Turbo S is the most infamous all-wheel drive acceleration champ if you don’t count the EVs, and although there’s a new version with 607 horsepower on tap, the “standard” S should still beat a rear-wheel drive baby McLaren due to its traction advantage alone. But wait! McLaren employs some celtic wizards now. We must not forget that.

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Then, the Ferrari 488 Spider. Basically, a 458 Italia made less attractive, but much faster. Since that’s at the level of the McLaren 720S, what chance does the entry-level model have against it?

Certainly less than McLaren’s most aggressive car to date, the limited edition 675LT. Rear-wheel drive against rear-wheel drive, Pirelli against Pirelli, V8s at full tilt.

Still, the real winner of this game…

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