2010 Ferrari 458 Italia vs 2011 McLaren MP4-12C November 2009 AUTORIVALS.NET
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Both Ferrari and McLaren have finally revealed their new super cars set to debut by 2011 that will compete against the Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS, and many others. Both are stunning cars to look at and drive, although few will be able to experience the latter.
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia vs 2011 McLaren MP4-12C

The 458 Italia is a Pininfarina design with a two-seat mid-rear engine layout. A combination of sharp edges and curves make for a compelling design that has aerodynamics in mind. The car's curves not only look beautiful, but also direct airflow to the radiators. The new headlights and hood create an interesting look with small air inlets.

The MP4-12C is the first McLaren that features no other parts from other manufacturers. It will be a pure McLaren with a two-seat mid-engine layout. At it's core is the all-new Carbon MonoCell, a revolutionary carbon fiber chassis that brings numerous performance gains. It reduces weight and allows the car to be more compact due to its narrow structure for greater control of the car.

The 458 is stunning especially in this view. There isn't any other car that's as curvaceous in its profile. The 458 is a combination of different design cues with sharp angular edges up front flowing into smooth curves in the rear.

The MP4-12C takes a more traditional shape similar to other super cars but every surface, line, and detail have a purpose in mind, performance. McLaren has tried to style a more subtle looking car that will look timeless for the years to come.

The curves continue from front to back. The crease on the door flows downward which leads into the curved rear fenders. The profile is extremely low with the roofline that flows perfectly into the rear.

The double gill side air intakes recall the Saleen S7, although looks better on the MP4-12C. Their larger-than-life size were designed with function in mind and should be able to swallow gulps of air.

The 458 goes for seductiveness. The MP4-12C goes for aggressiveness. Both achieve their goals.

Cooling vents are placed on the rear rather than on the side like the McLaren. Air outlets connect to the taillights similar to how the front headlights have air inlets. The taillights are simple and small, similar to the Ferrari Enzo. The 458 features triple exhaust pipes centered in the rear that look absolutely exquisite.

The MP4-12C decided to put the exhaust pipes straight through the middle of the rear to minimize the length and therefore weight. This is one example where function actually trumps form. A rare thing in the auto industry. The radiators are also located in the rear as close to the engine as possible to save even more weight.
The interior's differ as much as their exteriors. The 458 has a F1 cockpit-inspired design while the McLaren is completely original. The best way to sum it up is different but equal. The MP4-12C is really stunning from an aesthetic standpoint with it's extremely clean and minimalist design but who wouldn't want to get behind wheel of the closest thing to an F1 car?
SPECIFICATIONS
Estimated
PRICE: $220,000
ENGINE: 4.5L V8
HORSEPOWER: 563 hp
TORQUE: 398 lb-ft
SIZE (L x W x H): 178.2 x 76.3 x 47.8 in.
CURB WEIGHT: 3,274 lbs.
0-60 MPH: 3.3 sec
TOP SPEED: 202+ mph
FUEL (City/Hwy): 16 (Combined) mpg
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SPECIFICATIONS
PRICE: $225,000
ENGINE: 3.8L V8 Twin-Turbocharged
HORSEPOWER: 600 hp
TORQUE: 443 lb-ft
SIZE (L x W x H): 177.5 x 75.1 x 47.2 in.
CURB WEIGHT: 2,870 lbs. (dry)
POWER TO WEIGHT: 375 hp/ton (est)
0-60 MPH: 2.9 sec (est)
0-100 MPH: 7.0 sec (est)
1/4 MILE: 11.0 sec (est)
TOP SPEED: 200+ mph
FUEL (City/Hwy): Unknown
RECAP RECAP

PROS
+Exquisite curves
+F1 inspired cockpit
+Ferrari Enzo taillights

CONS
-Front grille doesn't match the car's curves

PROS
+Function over form but still looks good
+Lightweight chassis
+Minimalist interior

CONS
-Front grille resembles a mouth
Video Source: YouTube via Autocar Video Source: YouTube via Autocar
NOTES
While the McLaren's name isn't as sexy as the 458 Italia, the MP4-12C's name is a combination of meanings: 'MP4' recalls McLaren's racing heritage; '12' means its focus on performance and efficiency; 'C' stands for the Carbon MonoCell. I guess MP4-12C sounds better than 'McLarenHeritage-CompletePerformanceCarbonMonoCell.'

Ferrari chose to its entire homeland as a name for its new super car rather than just a town in Italy. 458 designates its engine with 4.5-liters and 8-cylinders.
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