The successor of the 458, the Ferrari 488 GTB – Gran Turismo Berlinetta – is introduced exact 40 years after the debut of the 308 GTB. Its twin-turbocharged 3.9 litre V8 offering 661 hp and 760nm of torque, replaces the atmospheric 4.5 litre V8 of the 458, which had 605 hp at best.
This new engine propels the 488 from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.0 seconds and 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) takes only 8.3 seconds. The 7-speed gearbox features Variable Torque Management to cope with the enormous amount of torque. Traction is controlled by the 2nd version of the Side Slip Angle Control which also governs the active dampers. Ferrari emphasises that a lot of work went into creating an enthralling soundtrack despite the turbochargers.
The new bodywork makes this the most aerodynamic production Ferrari ever and generates 50% more downforce than the 458. The double front spoiler and rear “blown” spoiler are the most visible contributors to these figures. Underneath the car “Vortex generators” enhance the aerodynamics even further.
The side air intakes, highlighting the sculptural side flanks, refer to the original 308 GTB.
Inside the cabin, the dashboard has been redesigned for better ease of use and houses new control clusters and an upgraded infotainment system.
And if you’re not in the 488 GTB, the new key makes you dream about it, by referring to the car’s cylinder banks.
As always Ferrari made a good looking car event more gracious. Packing more emotion than more clinical competitors like McLaren. While Lamborghini oozes brutal animal-like emotions, Ferrari features more elegance in its design.
And surely the Spider version should be named GTS (Gran Turismo Spider), reviving memories of Tom Selleck’s 308 GTS in Magnum P.I..