Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari 488 GTB

The naturally aspirated V8 engine from Ferrari that we’ve grown to love may be no more in that the unveiling of the 458’s successor announces it’ll be powered by turbo technology. The 488 takes an evolutionary approach in the aesthetics department – more of a 458 that’s followed a course of steroids. The slightly wider more aggressive looking bodywork is some of Maranello’s finest work – which it needed to be with the likes of the Huracan and 650S showing Ferrari how Supercars should look. Wearing the GTB badge (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) the 488GTB has big shoes to fill in carrying on the tradition of great Ferraris from years gone such as the 355GTB, 348GTB and the immense 599GTB. The new 3.9L turbocharged V8 certainly won’t disappoint and is sure to win over naturally aspirated fans with its 661bhp. 62mph passes by in 3 seconds whilst 124mph is met in 8.3 seconds highlighting that turbocharged Ferraris will be around to stay. Peak power is delivered at 8000rpm along with maximum torque of 561lb ft, Ferrari have worked hard to reduce turbo lag and it’s safe to say the 0.8 seconds throttle response time will be the least of your worries. Ferrari have teamed the V8 with their twin clutch gearbox which utilises their variable torque management. At the rear the twin exit tailpipes connect to the specially tuned sports exhaust which Ferrari will aim to please with their unique supercar soundtrack.

The 488 spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel and it’s here where Ferrari tweaked the car’s bodywork into delivering 50 percent more downforce than the 458. Active aerodynamics help to achieve this with the double front spoiler and rear spoiler derived from F1 technology.

Inside the 488 GTB leather, carbon and aluminium blend with touch screens and more instrument panels than a fighter jet.

It’s one hell of a road going Ferrari, with performance figures that show Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche that the horse is once again prancing.

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