Company boss shrugs off McLaren's threat to 458 Italia
24 June 2010

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo says the company has nothing to fear from the launch of the McLaren MP4-12C, a direct competitor to the 458 Italia.

The MP4-12C mid-engined supercar will go on sale sometime in 2011.

The company intends to price the car towards the upper limit of the supercar segment at between £125,000 and £175,000, against rivals like the forthcoming Ferrari 458, the Lamborghini Gallardo and Aston Martin DB9.

But di Montezemolo shrugged off suggestions the McLaren could rival Ferrari's efforts.

"‘I’ve got a lot of respect for McLaren if they want to do a road car," he said, "but I like competition and I like to win."

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24 June 2010

Sounds like Autocar is reading rather a lot more into di Montezemolo's words than is actually there.

Mind you, I'd be worried if I was him - the handsome McLaren will show up the 458 for the hideous pile of needless technogeekery it is.

24 June 2010

[quote Autocar]Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo says the company has nothing to fear from the launch of the McLaren MP4-12C, a direct competitor to the 458 Italia. "I like to win," he adds.[/quote]A car manufacturer with a competative spirit. How unusual. Any chance that attitude might be put to work on lower pricing?

24 June 2010

[quote Autocar]The company intends to price the car towards the upper limit of the supercar segment at between £125,000 and £175,000,[/quote]

If 175k is the upper limit what does that make the Noble?

DKW

24 June 2010

"but I like competition and I like to win."

This would seem to suggest a justified confidence and fighting spirit, except for the fact that McLaren rather enjoy winning too - and currently both McLaren as a team, and both their drivers, are beating Ferrari and their drivers by a good margin in FI.

If McLaren win both the constructors and drivers championship, and they may well, this would provide the best marketing support for the launch of their road cars that they could ask for.

Bearing in mind that Ferrari have just had to slash waiting times for their road cars due to falling sales (and therefore reduce the exclusivity that is part of the brands marketing bag of tricks), the fact that McLaren is wopping their behind in F1 is bad news.

I don't believe them when they claim they are not concerned about the MP4-12C - it seems likely to take a significant bite out of their already reduced sales figures.

Still, however bad it gets, at least they will retain enough dignity not to produce a Ferrari Cygnet ...

24 June 2010

In the next interview, Montezemolo explains how he'd like to get rid of the slower cars on the road, because they hinder Ferrari's customers when trying to reach their destination....

24 June 2010

"Ferrari have just had to slash waiting times for their road cars due to falling sales (and therefore reduce the exclusivity..." Selling fewer cars than previously surely makes them more exclusive....

24 June 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

Mind you, I'd be worried if I was him - the handsome McLaren will show up the 458 for the hideous pile of needless technogeekery it is.

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handsome McLaren ? 458 hideous ?

I think you need to go to Specsavers !

24 June 2010

Of course Luca doesn't fear the new mclaren and why should he? sales' figures will show that he is right. The lure of the prancing horse is way beyond anything else just ask Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche. The Mclaren f1 was the most powerful fastest car in its time, this new one is nothing like that. My prediction is that this MP4-12C compared to the f1 will be what was the F50 compared to the F40. Mecca need to try much harder to recapture F1's magic

24 June 2010

[quote PHILBY]Mecca need to try much harder to recapture F1's magic
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So Ron Dennis is off to Islam's holiest shrine to pray for his new car?

24 June 2010

[quote pabs]

[quote Straight Six Man]

Mind you, I'd be worried if I was him - the handsome McLaren will show up the 458 for the hideous pile of needless technogeekery it is.

[/quote]

Handsome McLaren? 458 hideous?

I think you need to go to Specsavers !

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Rubbish! The 458 is a discordant mess of non-matching surfaces, gills and vents, and the detailing generally is horrible. The front end looks like a very angry alien. The side is just a mess - and having vents either side of the Ferrari badge at the back, with a single tail-light sticking out of the top of the tail on either side... it's just terrible. The McLaren, on the other hand is (and I speak with authority here, having seen several in the flesh, from the earliest test-mules to the production-ready cars I'm seeing now) understated, well-proportioned, elegant, its lines are very simple. It looks to me like a cross between the old F1 and a Ferrari 355. It's a very good-looking car - and non-petrolheads will almost certainly respect the McLaren driver more than the Ferrari driver.

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