In the latest episode of Fifth Gear, Tiff Needell and Jason Plato have compared two of the greatest super cars – the Ferrari 458 Italia and the new McLaren MP4-12C.
The Ferrari has a 4.5-liter V-8. This is a new engine developed by Ferrari that uses direct injection, increasing power and fuel economy over the smaller 4.3-liter V-8 in the F430.
The new engine develops 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.
The McLaren has an all-new, mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with 592bhp and 442lb ft of torque, which it puts through the rear wheels via a seven-speed twin-clutch paddleshift gearbox. Being turbocharged, the engine is mainly dormant at low speeds: just as well really, because with 592bhp and 0-62mph taking only 3.1sec, the last thing you need is an over-sensitive throttle.
So – both cars have V8 engine and rear wheel drive with a central power really exaggerated. But the differences are many – and the boys tries to determine which one is actually more interesting . Enjoy!