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
Before we go chasing any more bikers, cars first. Peas in a very speedy pod, when you check bald facts. Both V8s, both mid-engined two-seaters, both rear-wheel drive with electronic traction conjuration, both seven-speed double-clutch gearboxes with near-identical weight distribution. Rumour has it that McLaren benchmarked the 458 in terms of performance, and tasked itself with making the MP4-12C better in every direction. So the McLaren produces 592bhp and 443lb ft of torque from a 3.8-litre bi-turbo; the Ferrari, 562bhp and 398lb ft from a naturally aspirated 4.5-litre. It's pretty much the same with the performance figures too: the Ferrari manages 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and 202mph, the McLaren strips the sprint in just 3.3 and tops out at 205mph.