Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Jason Plato had a go at both the McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia, testing each car for thrills and for precision. While both may seem to be winners in the pantheon of automotive excellence, one one can come off victorious.


Both drivers render the same verdict, and it’s the kind of final assessment you don’t often get from motoring shows: one wins on paper, then gets trounced once they discard the spec sheet and grab the wheel.