McLaren MP4-12C vs Ferrari 458 Italia
It's the twin test of 2011: Ferrari vs McLaren on the Isle of Man, without limits...
Posted: 14 Jul 2011
The styling seems to polarise neatly. Some prefer the lean, clean lines of the McLaren, sensing purpose and resolve in the low sweep of the nose and slash-vented haunches. The Ferrari is more sensuous, more organic, more insectile evolution than graphic design. Immediately, we're into the realms of taste rather than objectivity, though it would be wise to point out that the 458 Italia costs £173,132 as standard, and a whopping £211,623 as presented here (£13k nuclear Giallo Tristrata yellow paint, £5k racing seats), while the MP4-12C costs £168,500, and an only-slightly boggling £224,760 in the form of this white car. That'll be £10k carbon-ceramic brakes, a £4k sports exhaust, £4.5k for carbon bits in the engine bay and on the mirrors, five-and-a-bit for a carbon diffuser and splitter, 3k for wheels, about another £12k for interior upgrades... I could go on, but you'd probably keel over with option-overload shock.