The Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C are currently natural born enemies in the sports car segment. Both models have had problems at the beginning - the Ferrari was recalled last year and the McLaren recently had to stop production due to safety concerns - but all that aside, they are both fantastically superior machines with killer engines to exploit.

There will always be a competitive vein connecting these two sports cars which is why a video displaying both of their strengths is always a must see. This video shows a black Ferrari 458 Italia chasing a MP4-12C into a tunnel. If you want to see the beautiful curves of both models, find another video. But if you want to hear the glorious and thunderous sound escaping the exhausts, turn the volume up.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is powered by a 4,499 cc V8 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 398 lb-ft at 6000 rpm. The engine is mated to a F1 dual-clutch gearbox and sprints the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.4 seconds while top speed goes up to an impressive 201 mph.

The McLaren MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 weighing only 439 lbs. The engine produces 592hp at 7,000rpm and 443 lb-ft. of torque between 3,000 and 7,000rpm. It will reach 60mph in 3.3 seconds and an even faster 3.1 seconds with the optional high-performance tire option. The new team made sure the top speed of the 12C would be formidable topping out at 205mph.

So which supercar would you prefer, Italian or British?


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  (619) posted on 10.12.2011

It’s impressive. It only proves that Ferrari never let any one to go ahead of them whether in the market or in the race track..

  (6) posted on 10.8.2011

Well, in my opinion this two cars are effectivelly two top performance monsters. The Ferrari 458 Italia is powered with a 4.5 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with flat plane crankshaft, dry sump lubrication and direct fuel injection as standard and the all new, all british McLaren MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with also flat plane crankshaft, dry sump lubrication and direct fuel injection as standard. The engines of these two cars are really true masterpieces but the difference is on the power output. The Ferrari 458 Italia develops 570 bhp, while the McLaren MP4-12C churns out approximately 600 bhp, all with improved performance, higher engine torque, low fuel comsumption and, of course, less CO2 emissions. Both engines can be mated to a 7-speed twin clutch gearbox, but in the case of the Ferrari the gearbox is a 7-speed F1 twin clutch gearbox made by Getrag, while in the McLaren the gearbox is a 7-speed Seamless Shift twin clutch gearbox (SSG) made by Grazziano. I think that the McLaren can be so fast on the race track than the Ferrari (with the 7-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox with double clutch and two shift paddles located behind the steering wheel) it mugs the tarmac and has no mercy for anything else. So, in terms of preference, if I went to choose between these two exotic monsters, I would like to prefer the McLaren because is slightly faster on track and also on the road than the Ferrari, is British and, of course, is less expensive than its Italian rival.

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