The search for perfection is like driving dynamics, the hunt for the Holy Grail. Ferrari and McLaren promise with their latest creations now salvation. A ride full of thrills and happiness.
McLaren 650 S Spider Ferrari While the lightweight version of its 458 occupied with the promising words “Speciale”, the English call their revised McLaren 12C pragmatically 650 S. What spills out of its tailpipes at start up, on the other hand sounds not at all cold. Fat bubbling and gurgling deep jumps the sharpened 3, 8 liter biturbo V8 in action. He mimes willingly everyday life mate, but without neglecting his favorite terrain: hairpin, straight. Hairpin, straight. The likes of the English. And his driver as well!
Ferrari 458 Speciale opposite the thick jaws of the Biturbos brace themselves displacement of 4.5 liters, packed with Italian passion. Was already the normal 458 Italia with 127 hp output per liter not a child of sorrow, it drives the ratio of 14:1 compressed lightweight variant on the top. Flow-optimized combustion chambers, new pistons along with modified geometry, this changed Pleuellagerbuchsen as well as a redesign of the crankshaft and intake system – the way the engine to eight kilos of relief – tickle up the overall performance of the mid-engine to 605 hp.
|Charge / charge pressure||–||Biturbo / 1.2 bar|
|Mounting position||center back along|
|Valves / camshafts||4 per cylinder / 4|
|Capacity||4497 cc||3799 cc|
|Bore and Stroke||94.0 x 81.0 mm||93.0 x 69.9 mm|
|Compression||14.0: 1||8.7: 1|
|kW (hp) at 1/min||445 (605) / 9000||478 (650) / 7250|
|Specific Output||135 hp / l||171 hp / l|
|Nm at 1/min||540/6000||678/6000|
|Transmission||7-speed dual clutch|
|Front brakes||398 mm / innenbel / punched.||394 mm / innenbel / punched.|
|Rear brakes||360 mm / innenbel / punched.||380 mm / innenbel / punched.|
|Wheel Size Front – Rear||9 x 20-11 x 20||8.5 x 19-11 x 20|
|Tire Size Front – Rear||245/35 R 20-305 / 30 R 20||235/35 R 19-305 / 30 R 20|
|Tyre Type||Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (K1)||Pirelli P Zero Corsa (MC1)|
|Length / width / height||4571/1951/1203 mm||4512/1908/1203 mm|
|Wheelbase||2650 mm||2670 mm|
|Kerb weight / payload||1395 kg / no answer||1468/279 kg|
|Power to weight ratio||2.3 kg / hp||2.3 kg / hp|
|Tank volume||86 l||72 l|
|Boot volume||230 l||144-196 l|
|Price||233,000 €||261 030 EUR|
Both super sports are perfectly positioned and unique – they offer but for periods of what the other does not. The 650 S is a very logical development of the McLaren 12 C. The performance figures are still impressive, the handling is even sharper, the driving comfort is exemplary for sports car proportions – and a particularly sexy Spider-variant, it is him also. The radicalized Ferrari 458 Speciale, however, is to have only as a coupe, but it is aimed clearly at the racetrack from – although his manners amaze in everyday life. If his naturally aspirated engine screams at 9000 rpm, while chassis, tires and aerodynamics pave the way to best, gushing happiness hormones. Who are spoiled for choice between the two, so it is not to be envied – who has not, even less.