Ferrari stepped up its game at the recent Geneva International Motor Show, debuting the record-breaking new Ferrari 488 GTB. The replacement for the Ferrari 458 Italia, the car promises thrilling performance—even for amateur drivers.
The 488 GTB’s styling is aggressive but still features Ferrari’s classic, sleek lines. Aerodynamic enhancements include a double front spoiler, two side channels, large rear air vents, and a blown spoiler on the tail. Inside, the Formula 1–inspired cabin combines sportiness with comfort, with lighter seats, a new infotainment system, and a more compact dashboard with air vents designed to look like jet intakes.
From Car and Driver Magazine:
Can you feel the generational shift? That change in the supercar game comes from Ferrari, which has unveiled its new eight-cylinder, mid-engine sports-car standard-bearer, and the successor to the much-loved 458 Italia sees the insane-revving, naturally aspirated V-8 retired in favor of a turbocharged unit. This follows Ferrari’s recent promise that all of its future engines will be turbocharged or hybridized.
Power and Speed
The new engine is smaller than its predecessor, and its displacement of 488 cubic centimeters per cylinder gives the car its name: 488GTB. Multiplied by eight, that works out to 3902 cc for the new 90-degree V-8, which is mated to, as was the 458’s V-8, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Despite the 0.6-liter reduction in displacement, the new engine makes more power: 661 horsepower at 8000 rpm, versus 597 horsepower at 9000 rpm for the 458 Speciale. Torque, predictably, is greater as well, reaching 561 lb-ft at a low 3000 rpm, far eclipsing the 458 Speciale’s 398 lb-ft.