The European sports car war is really heating up and it is now more evident than ever before with the latest kids on the block – the McLaren 650S, the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 and the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
After the mind – blowing P1, British firm McLaren have now introduced the 650S to the world. This car slots in between the P1 and the 12C and is powered by a 641 bhp V8 engine that has not one, but two turbochargers. This is apparently good enough to do 0-100 kph in 3 seconds flat and hit a top speed of 333 kph! The car also follows the same design philosophy of the P1 and the 12C and while it’s a tad minimalistic, the overall effect is uncluttered and good to look at.
Lamborghini has had the Gallardo for quite a few years now and it has had an incredibly successful run. Making a car to improve on the Gallardo is a pretty big deal but that is exactly what the new Huracan LP610-4 is for. While this new car looks a lot like a baby Aventador, we feel that it should have had more of some Lamborghini outlandishness.
Behind the driver is a 5.2 litre V10 that whips out 610 hp mated to a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission; a setup that is good enough to propel this car to a top speed in excess of 325 kph. In a 0-100 kph dash, compared to the McLaren 650S, the Huracan will do it in a marginally slower time of 3.2 seconds.
Last but not the least is the Ferrari 458 Speciale. This car is the latest in a line of 458s and it is purely focussed on delivering high performance. While it still looks like a 458, it is plain to see the styling tweaks and modifications done to this car that leave no doubt that it belongs on a track.
Powering it is a naturally aspirated 5.0 litre V8 that delivers 597 bhp. Despite being almost 50 bhp shorter on power than the McLaren 650S, this new Fezza can do the same time on 0-100 kph drag race as the McLaren.
Don’t expect to be cosseted in luxury inside this car because it is purely race oriented and Ferrari has gone to great lengths to lighten it. Forget about leather and wood, even the thickness of the windshield glass has been reduced to bring the car’s weight down to just 1,290 kg.
These 3 new cars focus on 3 different areas but have one thing in common – performance. In time, we’ll get to see who comes out as top dog.