Ferrari 488 GTB
Not content with the 458 being one of, if not the, finest supercar money can afford you, Ferrari has given it’s mid-engined masterpiece an indulgent makeover to create something even more fierce. Introducing the all new Ferrari 488 GTB.
The remnants of the 458 are still there with the luxury shell almost intact. It’s just been modified with a few tweaks. Most notable is a front end that references the 308GTB, and some rather gigantic vents in the rear three-quarter. But these vents aren’t just for show – they’re needed to bring some much needed air to that turbocharged V8.
The 4.5-litre, naturally-aspirated unit found in the 458 is gone and has been replaced a new 3.9-litre twin-turbo lump, which produces 660bhp and 560lb ft of torque. All of a sudden, the old 458’s 562bhp and 398lb ft seems a bit wimpish. This gets the 488 from 0-62mph in three seconds dead with a top speed of 208mph. The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo engine unleashes 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. We aren’t entirely sure what all that means, but I think they call it. Rapid.
The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which, according to Ferrari, unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle.
Aerodynamics naturally play a huge role with the 488 too. The 488’s underbody is flat, for greater airflow, while there are numerous active flaps and spoilers. Aero’s dictated the car’s styling, too: there’s an aggressive rear diffuser, an intricate front splitter and then there’s those magnificent air intakes. And whilst a pretty nice car, it doesn’t really blow your socks off does it? Visually at least.
Ferrari say the 488 GTB “provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non- professional drivers in everyday use.” There’s no word on pricing just yet but there’s estimations flying around of in excess of £180,000 based on the prices of competition. We best start saving now.