Ferrari 488 GTB boosted to 568kW

Ferrari 488 GTB boosted to 568kW

Stetten, Germany – For most people Ferrari’s 488 GTB is the ultimate sports car. For specialist tuning house Novitec Rosso, it’s just the beginning.

The company’s ‘refinement program’ for the mid-engined Maranello two-seater includes a huge power boost, suspension upgrades, carbon-fibre aero kit and specially developed rims up to 22 inches in diameter.

It all starts with two Novitec Rosso N-Tronic piggyback control modules, one with revised mapping for the fuel-injection and ignition systems, the other to modify the turbo’s electronic boost pressure control.

For more power and a more authoritative engine sound track, a lightweight high-performance exhaust system made of Inconel (a nickel-chrome alloy developed for use in aircraft jet engines) is next, along with a high-flow, 100 cell catalytic converter.

The result is a massive 76kW power increase – from 492 to 568kW at 7950 revs – and 132Nm more torque, up to 892Nm at 3250rpm. The Novitec 488 will launch off line to 100km/h in a whiplash-inducing 2.8 seconds, and hit 342km/h flat out.

But the most impressive part is that the tuning upgrade can be activated or de-activated with one click of the Manettino dial on the steering wheel.

The company’s in-house hydraulic suspension upgrade retains the standard active damper control of the original but lowers the GTB’s ride height by about 35mm – and will also raise the front by 40mm at the touch of a button to deal with real-world hazards such as parking garage ramps and speed humps.

Novitec Rosso offers a number of wheel options for the 488, including lightweight NF4 21-inch forged rims shod with 255/30 front and 325/25 rear Pirelli P Zero tyres. To really emphasise the wedge shape of the aero kit, you can opt for three-piece NF7 rims, with 255/30 ZR 21 front and 335/25 ZR22 rear Pirellis.

The light stuff

The carbon-fibre aero kit – available either clear lacquered or in body colour – includes a front splitter with canards, central air intake trim, special rocker panels, mirror housings, deflectors for the side air intakes, tail-light and rear air-outlet trims, a diffuser and a large rear airfoil.

Novitec Rosso also offers custom interior upgrades, ranging from extended carbon-fibre paddle shifters to leather or alcantara trim in any colour you think of.

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