You'll have to wait until somebody gets a hold of a customer car. If you have a look at the Twitter feed of @McLarenF1Tech, you'll see that Ferrari did indeed bring a ringer to the TG test, with bigger brakes, probably higher RPM, 5 engineers, an F1 truck full of spares and who knows what else. Take that with a grain of salt, of course, considering the source.It's funny. All those reviews are basically the same: McLAren clearly much faster (although there is a lot of dancing around the numbers), but the sound of Italia makes the experience. Amazingly enough, all those reviews are LESS informative than the early ones.
I can't wait for a real head-to-head track and straight-line acceleration comparisons. I know it will never happen since Ferrari will never allow it.
also quoted that the 458 had light weight seats,and the 12c had electric,hence at least adding 40 to 50 kilosYou'll have to wait until somebody gets a hold of a customer car. If you have a look at the Twitter feed of @McLarenF1Tech, you'll see that Ferrari did indeed bring a ringer to the TG test, with bigger brakes, probably higher RPM, 5 engineers, an F1 truck full of spares and who knows what else. Take that with a grain of salt, of course, considering the source.
What I'm curious to see is whether TG has a new power board time for the 458, or if they will stick with 1:19.1. Either way, @McLarenF1Tech claims that the 12C "comfortably" beat the hopped up Italia.
usually it adds at least 20 kg per seat over a full lightweight race seat which the 458 hadIs adding electric to seats really THAT heavy?
Oh, that's me trying to stir up a fight .Interesting fact I just read on ferrarichat.com and their many pages of wishing the 458 was better than the 12C
"It is a bit disappointing since McLAren-quoted weight is 1434 kg. So, it is off by 30 kg. However, the quoted weight of 1485 for Italia is utter fantasy. The lightest independently weighed US car was 1585 kg and that's with the lightest equipment possible"
That's a very good point. Also, I think journalists write their reviews assuming that the buyer can only afford one car. Therefore, they claim that you'd have to be daft to order your supercar with anything but a proper manual. But if you already have other cars with stick shifts in your garage, you don't miss it.All this debate about "passion" and "soul" of the car boils down to the same argument as paddle shifters vs. stick. Lots of people, particularly in the automotive press, seem to prefer a stick, even though it's slower. I just bought a Cayman R w/ PDK (and proper paddles, not buttons), and EVERY reviewer said that was wrong, and that it should be had with a stick. But let's be real. Paddle shifting is significantly faster than using a stick - there's a reason why that's all they use in F1. And in the 12C vs 458 debate, we're buying a $250K+ cars to go FAST. As fast as we can possibly go. That said, much like paddles, the 12C is definitively faster.
As far as I'm concerned, if the argument is about the noise from the engine and the passion/feel of the car, then the Gallardo is the way to go - but you never hear commenters bring that up (as of yet). That V-10 in the LP560 is wild, and the guttural roar of that car is intense. But it's not quite as fast as the Italia or the 12C (that said, the new Superleggera is no slouch and we're talking about a couple of tenths of a second).
i doubt...For the McLaren MP4-12C. Depends on if it's standard or all the carbon options are there. This is however without the driver or any fuel aboard
They certainly do, andy. And, judging by the sentiment on this forum, it is easy to see why they go to such great lengths. Very effective!ferrari PR have been doing their job again unfortunatley,The 458 in the mag test,which the 12c was faster in a straight line and around corners,looked like a standard car used in previous ferrari tests,but the car in the show around Dunsfold is reg 599tv which is one of the 2 which keep breaking all previous 458 lap records.Thet certainly know how to play the game!!