Video: Ferrari 458 Speciale Vs. Porsche 911 GT3
UK motoring magazine CAR has released an awesome video pitting two titans of the sports car world to a no-holds-barred rumble for supremacy. In the blue trunks, weighing in at 3,150 pounds, hailing from Stuttgart, Germany, we have the Porsche 911 GT3. And in the yellow trunks, weighing at 2,850 pounds, hailing from Maranello, Italy, we have the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Each of these iconic automobiles boasts a long line of prestigious sports car pedigree. Both are barely street-legal race cars. Both rev to 9,000 rpm. And both post blistering performance specs.
CAR is obviously fond of the GT3, as it gave the Porsche a victory in its Sports Car of the Year Giant Test back in 2013. Equipped with 470 horsepower, this latest edition of the 911 comes with a dual clutch, seven-speed, paddle-shifted gearbox. Additionally, the Porsche comes with active rear-wheel steering. The hardcore 911 enthusiasts deride both of these additions as sacrilege, but the result, as CAR will attest, is a vehicle that is highly controllable at the limit, with the new electronics enhancing the feel instead of numbing it.
Then there’s the 458 Speciale, which comes packing 130 more horsepower. The Ferrari is also lighter, and features revamped aerodynamics to reduce drag and increase downforce. And, of course, there’s that wonderful howl emanating from the naturally aspirated V-8. However, the 458 costs twice as much, something that CAR must consider when choosing between the two.
Which car took the win? Press "play" to find out. Expect plenty of analysis in a lilting British accent, accompanied by the sound of two high-end sports cars at full tilt. Don’t forget your headphones.