Forty years after it unveiled its first-ever mid-rear-engined V8, the 308 GTB, Ferrari has revealed the Ferrari 488 GTB.

FERRARI CLAIMS its brand-new 488 GTB represents a “new chapter in its 8-cylinder history”. And that it offers track-level performance that can be “enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use”.

Ferrari 488 GTB revealed

The 488 GTB (which is more than just a facelift of the 458) gets a new 4.0-litre V8 that thumps out 493kW (at 8000rpm) and 760Nm of torque (at 3000rpm). That’s enough grunt to get the thing to 200km/h in just 8.3 seconds. This is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission featuring Variable Torque Management which allows the torque to be fed in progressively and maintains it right through the rev range.

Ferrari 488 GTB revealed

To ensure a balance between grip and slip, the 488 GTB gets an updated version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 – SSC2) which apparently “is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners”. Aside from integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the 488 GTB features creased and flowing flanks with the air intake scallop a nod to the 308 GTB. According to Ferrari, “The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the centre two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an innovative blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned”.

All up, the 488 GTB’s body offers up to 50% more downforce than its predecessor.


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