Battle of the spiders: Ferrari vs McLaren
Which V8 drop-top supercar is best? 458 or 12C? Time for a road trip...
Posted: 24 Jun 2013
The 458 reacts faster to the throttle, feels more immediate, more linear, even if it hasn't got the punch-in-the-forehead boost in the mid-range of the McLaren. And yes, that's probably also an effect of the 12C having such a ridiculously massive amount of extra, turbine-fed, free-range torque on offer - you just can't mitigate that much extra thrust without hamstringing it and missing the point - but the Ferrari feels finer-boned, more delicate as it builds. More involving. The Ferrari picks the lock and slips between the physics - the McLaren just kicks in the door. A draw.