McLaren P1 vs Bugatti Veyron vs Huayra vs One-77 vs Venom
How does the McLaren P1 compare to the wildest modern hypercars? Only Top Gear has driven the lot…
Posted: 26 Nov 2013
The Huayra is a different beast. It’s more theatrical than the P1, more artistic, more expressive. Compare the interiors if you want a physical manifestation of the attitudes of the two cars: both beautiful in their own way, but where the P1 is stark, focused and modernist, the Huayra is baroque, bonkers and brilliant.
Both have engines that will stand the hairs on the back of your neck to strict attention and work your neck muscles, but the P1 plays with the KERS-style electric motor to cover turbo lag and deliver a useable ev-mode.
The P1 also rides much better than the Huayra, especially at low speeds, and has an inch-perfect dual-clutch ‘box – the Pagani has a slightly tardy-in-comparison single-shafted sequential. All of which makes the P1 feel more cohesive overall, more polished. It’s not as joyous as the Huayra, but there’s a depth to it that deserves respect.
The truth is that at this end of the market, there isn’t a rubbish car to point and laugh at. They are all, in their own way, eminently desirable, and an owner could justify his purchase in a myriad of ways.