3. Sonorous Engine
Without a truly great engine you can’t have a truly great car. Would the McLaren MP4-12C be as awe inspiring if it were hauled around by a wheezing three-cylinder powerplant? No, of course it wouldn’t. The V8 Vantage S Roadster is exactly the same. Under its long, shapely bonnet rests a powerful 4.7-litre engine that delivers 430 brake horsepower at a vigorous 7,300 rpm. Torque tops out at 361 lb-ft at a more reasonable 5,000 revolutions per minute. Looking at the stats this is clearly an engine that loves to run; it’s got enough kibbles and bits for a top speed of 190 miles an hour, a terrifying (or perhaps exhilarating) figure for a drop-top car.
SEE ALSO: 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Review
Drivers have a choice of transmission, either a classic six-speed stick or a seven-speed “Sportshift II” automated manual – which is a bit rough around the edges. If you’re going to buy a Vantage do us all a favor and get one with three pedals; like abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy, it’s the right thing to do.