The legendary Italian sportscar manufacturer, Ferrari, has announced the latest mid engine supercar from Maranello - the 488GTB. The 488GTB will aim to replace the 458 Italia, utilizing similar styling with the addition of twin turbos to the V8.
Ferrari says the new berlinetta "brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari’s experience in both F1 and the WEC," as well as the know how gained by the XX programme. Ferrari claims this experience, and know how allows the electronic and vehicle control systems to make this very track-capable supercar one which can be handled by "non-professional" drivers during everyday use.
Ferrari also says, "Its response times, nimbleness and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure." Looking at the numbers, its easy to believe this statement. With an output of around 660HP and 560 ft/lbs of torque, the 488 was able to complete a lap of Ferrari's test track, Fiorano, in just 1 minute and 23 seconds, a full two seconds faster than the 458.
In terms of aerodynamics the 488 boasts a 1.67 efficiency figure, the best of any production Ferrari to date, which is the result of 50% more downforce and less drag from the 458. The 488 also includes active aero and a blown spoiler in the rear.
With a dry weight of just 1370kg, the 488 is capable of 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 8.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of greater than 330 km/h
The 458 has been known as one of the greatest and most popular supercars ever created, and it certainly appears the 488GTB is an improvement on that already astonishing platform. After winning its class in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of LeMans, the 458 has shown to be a true performer, I for one, can not wait to see what the 488 will bring.
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