Initially described as a modified version of the acclaimed 458 (hence the first name it was given, the 458 M, for Modificata), the Ferrari 488 GTB is actually new and very impressive sports car worthy of its famous predecessor.
It is powered by a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine which churns out 670 hp (493 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm (560 lb-ft) of torque at 3,000 rpm. This allows it to go from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3 seconds and to double that speed in 8.3 seconds, before maxing out at 205 mph (330 km/h). According to the carmaker, a lap around its Fiorino track takes about 1 minute and 23 seconds. All this power is directed to the rear axle via an updated seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with variable torque management, while the gear ratios have been programmed to “deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle.”
With regards to the aesthetics, the car features a large air intake scallop reminiscent of the original 308 GTB, divided this time by a splitter into two separate sections. The front spoiler is now wider, while a new blown spoiler helps improve downforce and works together with the diffuser that has received active flaps. Inside, the latest Ferrari boasts new satellite control clusters, angled air vents, a slightly revised instrument panel, body-hugging seats, and a new interface and graphics for the infotainment system.
The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show taking place next month.