On the face of it, the McLaren is a touch cheaper than the 458 Italia, but the 12C does not have standard carbon-ceramic brakes like the Ferrari. In any case, price is hardly a finite thing: it is remarkably easy to inflate the cost of either car with options.

Our estimates suggest the two will depreciate with much the same speed, with some of the more 'dressy' options not keeping their value as well as the vehicle itself.

Matt Burt

Matt Burt

Executive Editor, Autocar
The McLaren promises purchase and running costs competitive with its rivals

We achieved an average economy figure of 18.9mpg over our full road test, which is not to be sniffed at for a car delivering this sort of performance, and sounds somewhat more realistic than McLaren’s official 24.2mpg combined figure.

A touring consumption of more than 22mpg is even more impressive, and it means the car will cruise for well over 300 miles without needing refuelling. The glib view of supercars is that if you can afford the lifestyle you probably won’t choose your car for economy, but it’s not true. Even high performance car owners appreciate efficiency.

And for the record, the McLaren promises purchase and running costs of a very competitive level next to any comparable rival.

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