Ferrari 458 Italia or McLaren MP4-12C.

Now I am not going to discuss the performance figures of these cars, there are plenty of articles already on this, and many more to come I expect.  I want to discuss which car is most beautiful and which is most desirable.

Now I have seen the Ferrari 458 up close several times in the last few months at Goodwood Supercar Sunday, the Scuderia Italia event and this weekend at Goodwood Festival of Speed, which including seeing it blast up the famous Goodwood hill.  The Ferrari 458 Italia is definately a good looking car, no scrap that thought, it is a beautiful looking car and yes it sounds as good as it looks.

Ferrari 458 Italia (2010)

Ferrari 458 Italia (2010)

Ferrari 458 Italia (2010)

Ferrari 458 Italia (2010)

If I was being hyper critical then I would say the backend is a not great looking, but that is the only weakness I can see from an asthetic perspective.  The Ferrari 458 Italia is a beautiful looking car of that there is no doubt.

MyCarHeaven score: Ferrari 458 Italia

Beauty: 8/10

Desirability: 8/10

 

That brings us onto the McLaren MP4-12C, which I saw in the flesh for the first time at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.  Now I like the looks of the McLaren MP4-12C, yet my friend did not like the looks and I suppose this is where McLaren will divide opinion.   People buy Ferrari’s as they have history, are object’s of desire, made with passion and are normally cars of beauty.  Me and a friend both agreed that the McLaren will be highly engineered and performance wise will probably match if not better the statistics of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

McLaren-MP4-12C (2010)McLaren-MP4-12C (2010)

McLaren-MP4-12C (2010)

McLaren-MP4-12C (2010)McLaren-MP4-12C (2010)

I do not like the backend on the McLaren MP4-12C, even more so than the Ferrari 458 Italia.  What’s more the car just looks like an engineering exercise, which I suppose appeals to some, more than whether the car is beautiful.  

MyCarHeaven score: McLaren MP4-12C

Beauty: 7/10

Desirability: 7/10

In conclusion, I would like to own the McLaren MP4-12C, so it is ceratinly desirable, however, in a straight contest with the Ferrari, it would have to be the Ferrari that I actually would buy.

 

A small mention on performance.

You can make you own mind up on the looks; the brand; what pulls at your heart strings.  However, the cars performance and how these cars make the drivers feel we will have to wait and see.  Last time round McLaren came up with a Supercar to top the lot (F1), will it this time?  I was speaking with two McLaren employees who inform me they got hold of a Ferrari 458 about one month ago and have been benchmarking their new car against the Ferrari, so expect compariable performance figures, if not better when the McLaren eventually goes on sale.

 

More pictures for the McLaren MP4-12C

More pictures for the Ferrari 458 Italia

Follow MyCarHeaven on Twitter

Read more on

Leave a Reply

Please write your reply below. We will not publish your email address.

One thought on "Ferrari 458 Italia or McLaren MP4-12C."

  • We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve performed a formidable activity and our whole group shall be grateful to you.

Our Top 10 cars from Salon Privé 2017

Ralph Lauren’s Dream Garage and Interview 2017

Our Top 10 cars from the 2017 Goodwood Revival

Get in touch with us

Looking to advertise on My Car Heaven?
Would you like to join our team, or have an enquiry for us?

Find out how

Receive My Car Heaven updates

Subscribe to the My Car Heaven Newsletter to be kept up to date with all the latest posts, competitions and happenings.