• Apr 30, 2010
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It's an unlikely duel, but EVO's Chris Harris has pitted the Ferrari 458 Italia against the Porsche 911 GT3 RS in an odd comparison that's dripping with dichotomy. Why?

The GT3 RS is the ultimate embodiment of Porsche's arse-engined track machine, while the Ferrari is a high-tech tour de force that handily eclipses our feeble ideas of what a car is capable of. Naturally, this being an EVO review, it's all about what's the better driver's car. And per usual, it all depends on what you value most.

To Harris' mind, if lightening-quick shifts, techowizardry and ease of use are your thing, then the 458 is your bag, baby. But if you're looking for that visceral, connected, analog experience, then the GT3 RS is packing more thrills-per-ton than anything out of Italy.

The premise might be slightly weak, but it begs the question: Which one would you choose? Check out the video after the jump, vote in the poll below and justify your choice in the comments.









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      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no school like the old school...Porsche GT3 RS for me. If you want to play video games, buy the Ferrari. Frankly, I'm disappointed that they've descended into this electronic malaise, a fad that is killing real sports cars. A clutch and shifter will always produce a better driving dynamic than paddles, and this idea that making supercars more accessible daily drivers may mean more of them are sold, but less of them are really driven.

      I'm sure Ryan Seacrest has a 458, but I am equally sure he could never handle a GT3 RS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I too would prefer a third pedal in any car I own, but I think they have a valid reason for putting in their F1 transmissions. It isn't that they are making it more accessible, but apparently it's a cost issue because people keep breaking the clutches. Of course, the paddle shifters are faster too but I doubt that really matters to anyone. Or at least personally, I'd go slower with a traditional set up so I can enjoy the ride more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chris Harris is more boring than James May.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chris Harris does automotive video reviews in a much different manner. I wouldn't say he's better or worse than anyone on Top Gear, but he probably is more serious in his analysis. You need to watch more of him to get a true understanding of his skill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Personally, I prefer Chris Harris much much more than any of those clowns on top gear. The top gear crew are entertainers. Chris Harris is a true automotive journalist.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ racewithferrari- I agree. The mili-second he spoke I fast-forward to the driving. So tired of these pompous Brits and their car shows. Show me the damn car and spare me the speech.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love the 458, in my opinion it's the best looking Ferrari in the past 20 years, but it has one major flaw, no stick shift option. Not that I can afford one, but if I could I would spend my money elsewhere. I don't want flappy paddle nonsense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        James May is hilarious, just because he likes everything to move at a molasses pace doesn't mean he's boring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chris Hanson is the best reviewer. He doesn't @#$@# around when he reviews car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the first time in my life, I find myself siding with a Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I kinda like the 458 but I'd have the GT3 RS thanks. It looks meaner, it's more track-focused (ie the perfect weekend warrior), and if I wanted a good everyday driver, well, here in Oz the $200K price difference would get me an LS460 which would do the job rather nicely...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is in some ways similar to the oft-made comparison between the GT-R and BMW M3. The answer is that you want both, but if you can only have one, it depends on whether you want to use the car as a regular driver or only for track day and weekend racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really don't care for Ferraris but in this case, I'd probably go for the 458 over the GT3 RS. I see no sense in having a race car for driving on public roads, and the paint scheme is simply ridiculous. I happened to see one this weekend while I was out in my Cobra, and to be honest, the thing is so dopey looking that I laughed at it. Orange wheels? Give me a break. Plus, the old dude driving it obviously had no clue how to drive a car like that. Silly, just plain silly IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GT3 RS Please. The 458 is nice, but I'd take a 430 Scuderia before I touch a 458.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I couldn't buy the Ferrari, I could never convince myself to drive it. Parking it would be another nightmare because it is, like someone stated above, an effing Ferrari. The GT3 however looks enough like any other Porsche, to the layman, to blend in somewhat. Anyone who knows what it actually is, will probably have a little respect for it. The GT3 has a boxer so it wins by default.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, if it were only a possibility I would have to make the choice! I would take the GT3 in the hypothetical. I have lukewarm feelings towards Ferrari design post Daytona and Dino. If I really was this wealthy, I think I would start looking for my personal ultimate dream car...a 73 Carrera RS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Improper matchup.

      The Porsche to compare to that Ferrari would be the Turbo, or the GT2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If given to me: The 458. If bought with my own money, the GT3-RS.
      I agree with Harris. I would like a car, where I'm there enjoying my drive, get to my destination and park the car with satisfaction that onlookers will look, say "cool car" and walk away. With the prancing horse, you are undeniably concerned for its well being in every way and thus not enjoy the drive so much, the place where you are going to and your time there.

      Unless you are in LasVegas or Monaco. (y).
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