The all-new blisteringly fast Ferrari 488 GTB has arrived, and with it, plenty of jabs at the brand’s naming process. Poised to challenge the McLaren 650S and others, the 488 GTB may have a confusing name that fails to fall in line with the 458 it replaces, but she is certainly a beauty and worth worship. The shocker: This nice lady is the first turbocharged Horse, bearing two of the kickers.
Introducing the newest Prancing Horse: The Ferrari 488 GTB
Without further ado, let us examine the components of the Ferrari 488 GTB:
- She is boasting a rather modest 3.9-liter V8 engine. The new power is boosted by two turbos for an output of 661bhp.
- It achieves the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in a scant 3.0 seconds and unfurls to a top speed of over 205 miles per hour. For comparison purposes, a stripped Ferrari 458 Speciale can do the same, but the 488 is a second faster than the Speciale in the 0-124 mile per hour range, with a time of 8.3 seconds.
- At Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, the 488 GTB hit a time of 1m23s flat, making it half a second faster than the Speciale and two full seconds faster than the standard 458 Italia or the Enzo.
- The dry weight without any fluids or a standard sized driver is 1370kg, which is 10kg lighter than the 458 Italia, even with those turbos latched on.
- Lightweight materials and those flat, arrow-like aerodynamics make all of the difference in the power arena. It is reminiscent of a squished-down 458 Italia, maintaining many of the styling cues.
Overall, Ferrari sums up its latest achievement as follows: “The 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers.” We all look forward to seeing more from the 488 GTB and the upcoming McLaren 675 LT at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
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