Video: McLaren MP4-12C vs Ferrari 458 Italia

Here it is folks, a McLaren MP4-12C vs Ferrari shoot-off. Ever since the McLaren MP4-12C debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year, the only thing people wanted to know was, is it better than the Ferrari 458? Both feature a 400kW-plus mid-mounted V8 engine, both use a sophisticated dual-clutch gearbox, the main difference is the Mac is four-wheel drive whereas the Fezza is rear-drive.

In the first video, Tiff Needell and Jason Plato from Fifth Gear do a conventional comparo road test. Comparing the 441kW/601Nm 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 of the MP4-12C, to the 420kW/540Nm 4.5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 of the Ferrari. The guys seem to like the Ferrari’s playful handling while praising the McLaren’s sure-footed four-wheel drive system and build quality. Anyway, take a look, we don’t want to spoil final outcome for you.

In the second video, EVO in the UK pitches the McLaren MP4-12C up against the Ferrari 458, the Porsche 911 Turbo, and the Noble M600 in a straight line drag race. For those who don’t know what a Noble M600 is, it’s a lightweight (1300kg) rear-drive supercar with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 outputting three different levels of power, respective of the adjustable boost; 336kW (on 8.7psi), 410kW (on 11.6psi) and a whopping 485kW (on 14.5psi).

It’s a pretty awesome race, take a look below. You’ve got to love the sound of that Ferrari.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.