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 McLaren is incrementally faster, then, possibly thanks to also being some 51kg lighter. But on the road, such fine on-paper delineations are much harder to call. Both will leave your flabber-well-and-truly-gasted the first time you really allow them some room, the Ferrari almost ridiculously vocal in ‘Race' mode, howling and screaming, gurgling and spitting on the overrun. It devours revs, a constant goad. It feels light at the fingertips, communicative, visceral, passionate. Like a proper bloody Ferrari, in other words. The paddles are huge carbon-fibre sickles mounted to the column, the view a little restricted, but by no means bad by supercar standards. When it really winds up, it's hard to imagine much faster this side of a Veyron.