Supercars: With Bread and In Ditches

Ferrari McLaren Ford

My good friend Jeremy Clarkson has a way with words. (I liked him on Facebook, which means we’re friends, right?)

Here’s a status he so eloquently posted yesterday on his fan page:

Supercars appeal to the small boy in us all. We may hate the bastards who have them and we may know they make no sense at all, but that doesn’t stop us wanting one.

Well, we only hate the people who have them when they don’t appreciate them or have the skill to drive them. For those people, the car is nothing more than a symbol of success. For others, though, the supercar is owned because of a true passion for the design, engineering and performance behind the car.

Both types of people have made the news over the last couple of days.

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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.

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World’s Sexiest Car: the McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C, front

There’s something about the word “sexy” as applied to cars that in my book just doesn’t cut it. But what else is there to describe the McLaren, now finally coming to the U.S.? “Sensuous”? “Gorgeous”? Get outta here.

We’ve ogled this car before and discussed some of its innovations and performance. Built to compete with the Ferrari 458 Italia, the MP4-12C outclasses it in everything but its name—if only slightly. In exclusivity and style, however, the McLaren clobbers anything on the road.

And yet some idiot tuners, like John Hennessey of Texas, insist on gilding the lily and making a sow’s purse out of a silk ear. Not content with 592 stock horsepower, Hennessey boosts it to 800, adds carbon-fiber aero doodads and so on, to extort more money from you. Stock, the MP4-12C will start at $231,400; no price yet on the Hennessey.

Other tuners with better taste have left the basic design alone, simply adding bigger rims and performance items, while making a sharp car look even better. Wheelsandmore, a German tuning shop, did boost hp to 666 and torque to 472 lb-ft. It sells separate performance parts for McLaren and other rare breeds. Photos above and after the break.

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Ferrari Enzo Replacement Inspired by Bugatti Veyron?

Ferrari Enzo

In the world of a true car enthusiast, rumors of a new supercar take precedence over anything else that might be happening that day. Pursuing a new love interest, browsing friends’ Facebook status updates, reading up on Snooki… suddenly none of it matters.

That’s especially true when we’re talking about two of the most legendary supercars: the Ferrari Enzo and the Bugatti Veyron.

The Enzo ended production in 2004, just before the Veyron captivated the world in 2005. If Autocar is to be believed, the Veyron just may set the benchmark for whatever car Ferrari is planning to replace the Enzo.

Since I know nothing you hear today will make you happier, keep reading!

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