In 2009 Ferrari unveiled the iconic 458 Italia which broke the internet and changed the motoring scene for the likes of Lamborghini, McLaren, and Mercedes. The 458 which was powered by a 4.5 L V8 engine producing a roaring 562 bhp with the record of 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. The Italia 458 is fast, unbelievably appealing, and definitely one of the most beautiful cars on the road so far.
This isn’t about the 458, let’s move to 2015 where Ferrari took a very bold step to celebrate their 40th anniversary and unleashed their new project dubbed the 488 GTB which I shit you not, if you’re a motoring enthusiast will make you weak at the knees so you better sit down. With this, Ferrari has turbocharged its way into the future, leaving the new Lamborghini’s very promising new project called the Hurracan and McLaren 12C way behind.
This beast of a machine is fitted with a 3.9 L V8 which is in power a little short to its predecessor the 458, BUT, the GTB is fitted with two turbo-chargers making it insanely quick. It produces a ground wrecking 661 bhp with the record of 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds with the top speed of 330 km/h and over. Yeah….
Ferrari uses the Fiorano test track to record lap times and the performance of its machines, the 488 marks the time of 1 minute and 23 seconds on the d.o.t making the GTB half a second quicker than the fully stripped 458 Speciale (which held the record of fastest lap on the Fiorano) which in turn makes the 488 a whole 2 seconds quicker than its predecessor the Italia and the mighty Enzo. That’s correct, it’s faster than the Enzo.
For a car like a Ferrari, performance is not the only thing us motor enthusiasts care about… the engineering of the car is another major factor why we love Ferrari the way we do. The new beauty weighs 1370kg making it 10kg lighter than the 458 Italia, and a new and improved aerodynamic package in the 488 creates 50 percent more down force than the 458. A double front spoiler, active under-body aerodynamic system and a blown rear spoiler all help to keep the beast glued to the road.
Ferrari has promised a throttle response and progressive power delivery for which Ferrari engines are renowned, with a tech upgrade called “variable torque management” or VTM which is fitted in the paddleshift gear box to push the torque over the rev range. Main power kicks in at 8000RPM, which is dizzyingly high for a forced induction engine, and also like always Ferrari has promised a screaming and yet soothing soundtrack from the brilliantly engineered engine.
Another most-anticipated feature of the car is the brand new second-gen version of the Side Slip Angle Control which now incorporates with the suspensions active dampers for sharper and greater precision. Ferrari says, “The 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers.”
Ferrari engineers and designers are one of the most detail-oriented and precise in the motoring business. Some elements of the 488 are pretty radical compared to the Italia but that’s because the 488 GTB is an evolution of the 458 instead of a redesign.
That being said we know at some point the 488 will also be replaced with its faster and better version in the coming years and we can only imagine what that would look like. Or maybe we can’t imagine as Ferrari never seizes to amaze… Ferrari is set to officially release the 488 GTB in March at the Geneva motor show and WE CANT WAIT!