Since the McLaren F1’s debut in the early Nineties, many have tried to best it. While some manufacturers have come close, there isn’t another car out there that delivers the same sort of experience, even 30 years later. Let this latest review from Carfection’s Henry Catchpole remind you why that is.
In the first of three videos comparing the three most iconic road cars of the Nineties—the F1, the Porsche 911 GT1, and the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR—Catchpole drills down on exactly what makes the F1 so special. After a detailed walkthrough of the car’s three-seat interior, he hits the road. He revels in the naturally aspirated V-12’s excellent sound and praises the hyper-accurate, easy-to-use steering afforded by the F1’s relatively thin tires.
The F1 is the most road-going-focused of the three, though its high-strung engine and wafty suspension can make it unnerving to drive hard on a damp surface, according to Catchpole. The shifter, while rifle-bolt slick, can also be a bit tricky at times. It’s still an overwhelmingly pleasant experience, though. For the full story and video, check out this article from Road & Track.