Ferrari Unveil the 488 Pista Ahead of Geneva
Ahead its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, Ferrari has unveiled images and specs for the 488 Pista. Named after the word for ‘track’ in Italian, the Pista comes after some very successful supercars for Ferrari, and the Prancing Horse is looking to raise the bar even further.
Following in the illustrious lineage of the 360 Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia and the 458 Speciale – all genuine greats in their own right – Ferrari say the 488 Pista makes a ‘significant step forward’ from its predecessors, with some techy motorsport gadgets thrown in for to ensure that happens.
First let’s talk under the hood. The 488 is the first in the series to be turbocharged, using the regular 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 but just with lots of lightweight components. The car has dropped 90kg (1,280kg in total) but there’s a power hike, raising things from 661 to 711bhp.
What that means is the Pista will be rapid with Ferrari saying it’ll do 0-62mph in 2.85sec, 0-124mph in 7.6sec and has a top speed of ‘more than’ 211mph. While that’s obviously impressive, anyone who loves the Stradale, Scuderia or Speciale will know that noise and feel matters just as much.
A new Inconel exhaust should ensure the noise side of things are covered, while tweaks to the body should give the 488 an even better handling experience. There’s front and rear diffusers to hike downforce up by 20%, and the Side-Slip Angle Control system is only getting more accomplished.
Style-wise, the 488 has been given a facelift with squared-off angles to offer some subtle aggression. We absolutely love it, and the track-ready vibes only continue inside with four-point seatbelts and no carpets. You do have the option of making it all plush but that would sort of be missing the point now, wouldn’t it?
The Ferrari 488 Pista will be officially unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show where it’ll go up against the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments below and head over to the Ferrari Website for more details.