Ferrari 488 GTB driven by Chris Harris
Ferrari 488 GTB is 458 Italia’s replacement, and another blow to naturally aspirated V8s.
With introduction of the new Ferrari 488 GTB, Ferrari is also introducing their new 3.9 liter turbocharged V8 which is much more powerful than 458 Italia’s naturally aspirated V8, but it doesn’t sound as good.
Unfortunately, due to switching to a turbocharged V8, the new Ferrari 488 GTB sounds just like a McLaren 650S.
The new Ferrari 488 GTB is faster, more powerful and more fuel efficient than its predecessor, the Ferrari 458 Italia.
The name 488 is derived from the 488 CC per cylinder, and the new super-car is only available with a seven speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission).
Here’s the obligatory Ferrari 488 GTB on road and track – Chris Harris on Cars video
The new Ferrari 488 GTB is the first mid-engined Turbo Ferrari since the Ferrari F40.
Ferrari 488 GTB: extreme performance for extreme driving thrills
Forty years on from the unveiling of Ferrari’s first ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history.
The 488 GTB name marks a return to the classic Ferrari model designation with the 488 in its moniker indicating the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.
The new car not only delivers unparalleled performance, it also makes that extreme power exploitable and controllable to an unprecedented level even by less expert drivers.
An exceptional engine and sophisticated aerodynamics combined with refined vehicle dynamic controls radically improve the already razor-sharp responsiveness of Ferrari’s road cars to near-track level.
Power (670 cv), engine and vehicle response times (0.8 s and 0.06 s respectively) give the 488 GTB a unique character and guarantee unmatched driving pleasure to drivers of all abilities.
To achieve this result, Ferrari drew on its experience in both F1 and GT racing, in which the 458 holds the WEC title and has won its category in two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari engineers over the last decade through the XX program which makes extreme track-only cars available to test-drivers