Last weekend, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Ferrari 458 Spider was showcased and, in our opinion, it’s got to be one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Then, this week, the McLaren MP4-12C Spider has been revealed. It seems these two just cannot escape one another. If they’re not going head to head on the Grand Prix circuit then they’re competing off it with their respective road cars.
Ferrari 458 Spider
The 458 is incredibly stylish with striking angular lines in all the right places and ageless beauty. Whilst looking at the thing, I was quite taken aback. Inside too, everything fits into place perfectly and everything feels just how it should – delicate, precise but strong nonetheless.
When sitting inside the car, the driver is also cocooned by lashings of carbon fibre and fine materials. It’s simply a wonderful place to be!
The car just has a feel of engineering perfection. The metal folding roof for example will enable the car to go from being a hard top to an open top in just 14 seconds. The electric hard top is also 25kg lighter than a fabric hood equivalent.
Under the bonnet lies a 562bhp 4.5 litre V8 powerplant that will propel the prancing horse from a standstill to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds. It will then go on to hit 199mph making it slightly slower than the original 458, but extremely quick nevertheless.
McLaren MP4-12C Spider
So, we’ve heard about the Ferrari, what about the McLaren? What will the lucky few that can afford a car insurance quote on the MP4-12C Spider be able to look forward to? Well, to start with they can expect a slower time between hard top and open top as the electric metal folding roof takes 17 seconds in the McLaren.
However, the McLaren has more power than the Ferrari with 616bhp from a smaller, 3.8 litre V8 engine. Perhaps we can attribute British engineering brilliance to the fact that more power has been extracted from a smaller engine. That’s not a biased point either. If we look at the majority of F1 teams, they are based here in the UK. McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Red Bull amongst many others, are all based in England.
The added power in the McLaren means it is faster than the 458 with a 0-62mph time of 3.1 seconds, which is astonishing from a convertible. The top speed, without the roof is 196mph, whilst with the roof up, the top speed is 204mph. This, again, is quicker than the prancing horse.
What would you have?
So the McLaren has a lot going for it, however, the fact remains that the 458 is just oh so good looking! It’s absolutely glorious and the great thing is the Ferrari can be enjoyed from all angles whilst cruising along at road speeds. The McLaren, on the other hand, just doesn’t have the same appeal. It looks too much like its natural habitat is the race circuit; it looks a bit too serious! The Ferrari, on the other hand, is a car for all occasions that will put a smile on, not only the drivers face, but everyone else’s too at just 30mph!