When it comes to competition, Ferrari’s 458 Speciale is almost in a league of its own. There are few other cars on the market which are as track-focused as Maranello’s most hardcore 458, however you could easily argue that the 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 is capable of trading blows with the prancing horse.
On paper, there are few similarities between the 458 Speciale and the 911 GT3. The 911 has its engine in the rear, while the 458’s is in the middle. The 911 has a 3.8-liter inline-six, while the Ferrari has a busy 4.5-liter V8. But both these cars currently represent the most pure and high performance variants of the models they are based on, making them perfect candidates for a head-to-head comparison test.
Car Magazine recently took the pair out on some twisty British B-roads to see which is best. As with any other Porsche/Ferrari comparison, they say the 911 GT3 is the more refined and tame driving experience, while the 458 offers a much more encompassing and visceral drive. That doesn’t tell you which one is better though, so watch the video below and find out!