Is a McLaren a Supercar?

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There are differences that are clear to every driver around West Palm Beach between a typical commuter car and an ultra-powerful vehicle like a McLaren. However, when you are reaching the upper echelons of powerful vehicles, you may start hearing terms like “supercar” and “hypercar.” What is a supercar exactly? And what is the difference between a supercar and a hypercar? Is a McLaren a supercar? Learn about the differences between these two elite segments of performance vehicles. Then, apply for financing and explore the inventory of McLaren models at McLaren Palm Beach! 

What is a Supercar? 

Supercars are high-performance vehicles that offer similar specs to racecars but remain street legal. You can drive them on the track and to the grocery store in Wellington. Supercars used to refer to muscle cars like Dodge Chargers or Ford Mustangs. Today, this term is reserved most often for the very elite models in automotive performance. These models are usually created by small manufacturers in limited runs for performance enthusiasts. Models usually cost over $80,000 and feature 500-1,000 hp and torque. 

What is the Difference Between a Supercar and a Hypercar? 

A hypercar has to fit all of the criteria mentioned above. Traditionally, many hypercars cost half a million or more. Hypercars are in the top 1% of supercars. Is McLaren a supercar? Yes. Do McLaren vehicles reach the hypercar level? Several. The McLaren P1 is a hypercar with a maximum speed reaching up to 217 mph with 903 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Bear in mind, however, that these terms are subjective. In fact, many journalists don’t define hypercars as being super supercars. Just as the definition for “supercar” has changed over time, you’ll find that journalists are using the term “hypercar” to refer to supercars that feature hybrid, PHEV, or EV powertrains. Working with this definition, the PHEV McLaren Artura is probably the most iconic hypercar on the market right now.

Test Drive McLaren Supercars in West Palm Beach

Now that you know what a supercar is and what a hypercar is, you may want to experience what the difference is between a supercar and a hypercar for yourself. Come visit us at McLaren Palm Beach to test drive the ultimate vehicles of the supercar class. Boca Raton drivers can explore all of the technology, engine power, and other features that make McLaren vehicles such an impressive option. Come visit us in West Palm Beach today to see for yourself. 

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