- The Ferrari SF90 was added to the Hamilton collection because it is a special car with impressive acceleration, but its depreciation and modest exhaust note outweighed its positives.
- Although not as fast as the SF90, the McLaren 765LT offers driving pleasure, impressive traction control, aggressive styling and the exclusivity of a limited edition supercar.
- Despite being faster, the SF90 had to leave the collection due to its shortcomings and the overall better package offered by the McLaren 765LT. Speed alone does not determine which car is the best.
A noble project of The Hamilton Collection estimated to be worth about $30 million (according to the DuPont Registry). The incredible roster of supercars in The Hamilton Collection is nothing short of impressive, all coming together to raise awareness and funds for important causes. The collection includes a McLaren 765 LT and a Ferrari SF90 Stradale, but there’s only room left for one of them.
Both supercars cost about half a million dollars and took Steve Hamilton about a year to acquire. In their latest video, Steve and Tommy Gauthier talk about both cars, how they came to be part of the collection and what they like and don’t like. But in the end either Ferrari or McLaren had to go Read on to find out which one and why.
How the white SF90 joined the Hamilton collection
Steve Hamilton considers the Ferrari SF90 a very special supercar. When he bought the car, it was selling for $200,000 over MSRP. But he found that a local dealer was selling it for MSRP. It seemed like a simple problem to him because he thought he couldn’t lose money on it. It was also the fastest car with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds all year. That sweetened the deal.
Aside from the Tesla Model S Plaid, Hamilton suggests that the SF90 is the only other car that gives him a “pushed back into your seat” feeling with its acceleration. Ferrari can claim that the SF90 can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. He quotes that when The car and driver tested the Ferrari, he did it in 2.0 seconds, breaking the record previously held by the Porsche 918 Spyder. Although Hamilton claims the Ferrari did it in 2.1 seconds, he kept a fairly rudimentary time on his phone.
In terms of quality, refinement and high-speed stability, Gauthier found it excellent. He claimed it was comparable to million dollar hypercars like the Bugatti Chiron, and the praise couldn’t be higher than that.
In addition, Hamilton was able to personalize the car and the specifications. This makes it even more special. He specified the car in white, combined with a black interior and a yellow accent on the interior upholstery, it looks perfect. Ferrari offers different shades of plain white with SF90. But the one Hamilton chose was unusual enough that even the dealer wasn’t sure it was available.
Is the Gas Only 765LT superior to the Hybrid SF90?
The 765LT fire is not as rapid as the SF90. Where the SF90 hits the quarter mile in 9.5 seconds at 148 mph, the McLaren takes 10.4 seconds at 147 mph. When they tested it with the synchro mechanism, the McLaren went from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds. It’s hair-splitting, but the Ferrari’s hybrid acceleration is probably why it’s faster.
However, Gauthier believes there is no car more fun to drive at its price than the 765 LT. He praises the McLaren’s traction control system, which he believes is the best in the industry, because it inspires confidence when you’re behind the wheel.
Ferrari looks more elegant and cleaner. But Hamilton can’t ignore the striking resemblance of the SF90’s taillights to the Chevrolet Camaro. Compared to the McLaren, Hamilton added that “it doesn’t look as raw and aggressive, but it still looks really good on the road.” On the other hand, Gauthier doesn’t find Ferrari’s rear design unattractive. He considers them quite similar, but prefers the McLaren’s more aggressive rear end.
Disadvantages of SF90 and 765LT
The SF90 is a production Ferrari, while the McLaren 765 LT is a limited edition supercar. Anyone can buy an SF90 Stradale, but the 765 LT is made to order, making it more exclusive. To order a 765 LT, you have to be one of McLaren’s top customers for them to even consider selling it to you.
While Hamilton was able to specify the SF90 to his liking, the extended delivery time did not sit well with him. As he had to wait for the car to arrive, the situation changed. Hamilton believes this is the biggest problem The SF90 has not retained its value as he had hoped. He claims that while the V8 hybrid supercar sells above MSRP, you can flip it to make some money or at least break even. But you can’t get $800,000 today like you could. “It’s kind of disgusting,” he adds.
Also, hybridization and modern sound standards mean that the Ferrari’s exhaust note is quite quiet and subdued. In addition, some people complain that electrification sucks the soul out of the car. Hamilton believes this happened to some extent with the SF90.
Both Hamilton and Gauthier believe that the Ferrari is more comfortable to drive on the road, while the suspension on the hardcore McLaren is quite stiff, resulting in a bouncy ride. What plays in McLaren’s favor is the interior. As Hamilton explained, people expect a fully digital cabin with touchscreens from Tesla. But the Ferrari’s all-digital dashboard and lack of any physical switches is not something Hamilton or Gauthier appreciate.
Only room for one: this supercar had to leave the collection
It was quite obvious which of the two cars was faster. At the lights, Gauthier and Hamilton tried to race both cars and Ferrari smoked McLaren both times. 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with a capacity of 755 hp. can’t match the excellent acceleration of the SF90’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo hybrid V8 with a total of 986 hp.
As Hamilton says, at the end of the day, it’s not about speed, it’s about the total package. Because of this, the Ferrari SF90 cannot remain in the collection. It’s only been part of the collection for about a week, but it has to go. The cons simply outweigh the pros of the Ferrari, and it’s truly amazing.