Top Gear’s supercar showdown
Five of this year’s finest supercars, plus some perfect roads and errant livestock. Sound like heaven? It’s certainly close
Posted: 02 Feb 2011
Not that the baubles matter. Because what unites all five of these cars is the astonishing completeness of their engineering. Their engines alone are worth the price of admission. Work your way through the 458's sublime dual-clutch gearbox - instant, seamless shifts with just enough mechanical grit built into it to keep the analogue purist happy - and even changing up early is a satisfyingly meaty process. The exhaust makes that brilliant Ferrari ‘bwap' noise. But hunt for the redline in second, third and fourth and keep an eye on that wheel strip light, and the 4.5-litre V8's appetite for revs is unbelievably addictive.