Ferrari has taken off the wraps of the 488 GTB, beginning a new chapter for the brand in the 8 cylinder world. Aiming to provide track like performance to lesser mortals, who have not had the opportunity to drive a track centric car, for day to day use, the 488 Grand Tourismo Berlinetta is a product of four decades of innovation by the company in the mid rear engined V8 segment.
Bringing the technical know-how of Formula One, World Endurance Racing and the XX programme, the new ‘entry level’ Ferrari 488 GTB gets a 3,902 cc turbocharged V8, their first mid engined turbocharged V8 since the F40. It churns out a massive 668.9 PS of power at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. Once again, that’s an entry level Ferrari guys! Weighing 1,370 kg (dry), the car can hit a ton in just 3 second and 200 in 8.3 second, with a top speed of around 330 kmph. All this with a fuel efficiency of a little more than 8 kmpl! That’s just brutal!
The gearbox features variable torque management which helps in reigning in the massive torque output in a smooth manner right across the rev range. The car includes special innovative elements such as double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler. The 488 GTB also gets the evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2) which is more precise yet less intrusive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration while exiting corners.
The Ferrari 488 GTB is to be showcased in flesh at the Geneva Motor Show in March.