A new turbo era for the Prancing Horse?
On its official début at the Geneva Motor Show, the 488 GTB sets a new benchmark for the sports car sector. Forty years on from the launch of Ferrari’s iconic first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 Berlinetta, the 308, the 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this particular architecture.
The 488 in the car’s moniker indicates the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, a reference to its deep roots in Ferrari history.
The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Replacing the spectacular 458 range with its crisp naturally aspirated V8, the 488 GTB sports a mid-mounted 3,9 litre turbocharged V8 delivering about 492kW and 760Nm of maximum torque. Ferrari claims the 488GTB creates 50 percent more down force than the 458 and will dash the 0-100kph in just 3,0 seconds with a top speed of >330kph. The 0-200 kph run takes just 8,3 seconds! With a response time to the accelerator of just 0,8 seconds at 2000rpm, the car’s Variable Torque Management system ensures a fat flat torque band available across the entire rev range.
The extreme power required by the car is delivered by the new 3902 cm3 turbo engine which is coupled with a seven-gear F1 dual-clutch gearbox featuring Variable Boost Management which optimally distributes torque (a maximum 750 Nm in seventh gear). The 488 GTB guarantees exuberant performance that is absolutely exploitable to the fullest regardless of driving conditions and is accompanied by a deep, seductive soundtrack, the signature of all Ferrari engines.
The 488 GTB’s revolutionary aerodynamics incorporate patented solutions, such as the blown rear spoiler, as well as innovative features like the 458 GT-derived aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators. The result is a new efficiency record for a Ferrari (E=1.67). Downforce increases to 325 kg at 250 km/h, thanks in part to active aerodynamic devices which reduce drag whilst simultaneously generating downforce when required.
The 488 GTB’s dynamic vehicle controls have also been further evolved. It sports a new version of the Side Slip Control System (SSC2) which, aside from just integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, now also controls the active dampers. This renders the 488 GTB’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable, so that less expert drivers can enjoy its potential to the fullest, resulting in an astonishingly engaging driving experience.
Availability and price in SA is yet to be confirmed.