McLaren MP4-12C Spider Hotter Than Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

McLaren MP4-12C Spider

On the list of things the world can’t get enough of, I would place: beer, Pirelli calendars and convertible supercars capable of topping the 200-mph mark.

The topless supercar club currently marks its membership with the likes of the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, the Bentley Continental Supersports, the Bugatti Veyron, the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider and a number of topless Lamborghini models.

There’s a new member, though, which strolls into the club with confidence and looks that could send the owners of other cars running directly for the nearest McLaren dealer.

I’m not a huge fan of the McLaren MP4-12C‘s looks. It’s chief competition, the Ferrari 458 Italia, wins the beauty pageant hands down. It’s sexy, beautiful and curvy rather than angular and rough around the edges. The brand new MP4-12C Spider, though, does the convertible thing better than its Italian counterpart. In fact, I’m willing to say the convertible McLaren is hotter than Kate Upton in a sauna. Whew.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

Like its hardtop sister, the machine leaps to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds, though the droptop comes with a slightly lower terminal velocity of 204 mph compared to the 207 mph of the coupe. Power still comes from a 616-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.

McLaren included a retractable hard top, instead of a ragtop, which the company says takes around 17 seconds to put up or down. The MP4-12C Spider also has a power wind deflector that can be raised or lowered behind the seats. If this all looks pretty convincing, you’ll need to pull $265,750 from your wallet in order to drive one home.

Because the MP4-12C started off on the drawing board with a convertible in mind, there was no need for McLaren engineers to reinforce any of the structural components. That means no added weight except the additional 88 pounds from the retractable hard-top system.

Which car is hotter: the McLaren MP4-12C Spider or the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider?

-tgriffith

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3 Comments

  1. But do we really need 35 or 40 new models a year, most of which look basically the same and few of which can be safely driven by their buyers?

  2. I love the supercars! Typically Ferrari is the king of design (RIP Pininfarina), but the McLaren spider takes the cake this time. If I was buying, or having an oil-rich arab buy for me, I’d take the 458 Italia coupe!

  3. Ah, another in the seemingly endless parade of supercars built to fleece Arabs out of some of that oil money.

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