View Poll Results: Ferrari Vs. McLaren

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  • Ferrari 458

    22 66.67%
  • McLaren MP4-12C

    11 33.33%
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Thread: Ferrari 458 Italia Vs McLaren MP4-12C

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    England, somerset

    Ferrari 458 Italia Vs McLaren MP4-12C

    As they are direct rivals, have similar performance and virtually the same price i though it would be a good idea to compare them. If you had a chose which one would you have.


    Ferrari 458 Italia - Technical specifications

    3.5L V8
    562 bhp
    0-60 3.4
    Top speed 202 mph
    Price £169,000


    McLaren MP4-12C - Technical specifications

    3.8L twin turbo V8
    592 bhp
    0-60 3.3 (or 3.1 with PZero Corsa tyres)
    Top speed 205 mph
    Price £168,000

    If i had the chose i would have the Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren MP4-12C may be better but the Ferrari 458 seems more fun.
    Last edited by Sledgehammer; 03-29-2011 at 10:21 AM. Reason: Added Poll
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  2. #2
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    May 2005
    USA, Colorado, Vallecito Lake
    Where is the poll?
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  3. #3
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    Aug 2010
    England, somerset
    Quote Originally Posted by Sledgehammer View Post
    Where is the poll?
    I forgot to tick the option box for a poll, so it's too late, unless a moderator wants to put one in for me, if that’s the case they are welcome to.
    Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you."
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2005
    I prefer the Skoda Fabia 1.6 TDi.

    There you go.

    EDIT Can please some mod make it feature in the poll?
    Last edited by Ferrer; 03-29-2011 at 10:55 AM.
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  5. #5
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    Jun 2006
    I picked the Mclaren because of the novelty factor.

    But I'd pick the Skoda in a heartbeat.


  6. #6
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    Apr 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I selected the 458 for two reasons:
    1) I'm a Ferrari fan.

    2) It's certainly the better looking of the two cars.

    That being said the reviews of the McLaren are excellent and Ferrari's new trend of putting as many controls as possible on the steering wheel seems ridiculous. I also think one of the flaws of the 12C is that it's very colour sensitive; it looks great in the medium blue they've shown it in as well as the metallic black, it looks horrible in silver.
    Last edited by NicFromLA; 03-29-2011 at 12:19 PM.
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  7. #7
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    Aug 2005
    I pick the F1 LM, but for now the 458 will do and I will wait to see what Mclaren does in the near future.

  8. #8
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    Jan 2005
    Calgary AB
    In terms of looks, for reasons unknown to even I, when next to each other the Ferrari seems to come out the winner, but by it's own the McLaren is superior.

  9. #9
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    Jul 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    Quote Originally Posted by aiasib View Post
    I picked the Mclaren because of the novelty factor.
    Ferrari has it's own novelty factor too but that's not the reason i picked it. Gotta go with looks and it's one of my dreams to own a prancing horse

  10. #10
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    Apr 2007
    Auckland, NZ
    Before, it used to be a simple Decision, when the 2 big names in this class were the F430 and the Gallardo. Now it's become impossibly difficult to choose. I agree with aiasib about the McLaren; it is a novelty thing, but you really can't ignore the Ferrari's looks.

    Will need to hear more about the McLaren before any solid judgement can be made imo.

  11. #11
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    Jul 2008
    Orange County, California
    For me, its too close to call.
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  12. #12
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    Aug 2006
    Porsche 911 Turbo S

    3.8L twin turbo opposed 6
    530 hp
    0-62 - 3.3 seconds
    Top speed 196 mph
    Price £126,000

    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    6.2L supercharged V8
    638 hp
    0-60 - 3.3 seconds
    Top speed 205 mph
    Price £109,000

    Nissan GT-R

    3.8L twin turbo V6
    530 hp
    0-62 - 3 seconds
    Top speed 196 mph
    Price £70,000

    Last edited by Drones; 03-30-2011 at 01:01 AM.

  13. #13
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    Apr 2003
    Rozenburg, Holland
    A couple of weeks ago I saw the two of them together at Goodwood which resulted in a.o. these shots. As a direct comparison, I think the front and rear end of the McLaren are a bit busy with all sorts of black grills, the sides of both cars are different as the McLaren uses large air intakes, whereas the Ferrari has a clean piece of metal. The roof line of the two is totally different and I personally prefer the extended side windows of the McLaren over the uptapering small ones of the Ferrari.
    Between the two it is a close call from the aesthetics side, and I think I would be very happy having either one of them.

    I had a ride in a GTR and getting in the 3 seonds 0-60 range with full launch control is quite something else....
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  14. #14
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    May 2007
    I know this isn't the point of what's going on, but I'd take a Porsche GT2 RS over either of these.

    It may not be as glamorous or have the same widespread appeal to a lot of people, but it's what I'd prefer. If I was going to own a car in this category it would only be for short bursts of sporadic use so I take the one I thought best.

  15. #15
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    Jan 2004
    Perth, Australia
    I see your point, but I'm not sure a GT2 RS ls better for sporadic use. In fact it may be the better every day choice. Where I do definately agree with you is that there is no correct choice and you should go with what feels right.
    Life's too short to drive bad cars.

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