Ferrari are one of the few remaining automotive manufacturers designing new cars that are arguably their best ever. Look towards Germany and you’ll find 3 manufacturers playing top trumps and producing carbon copies of one another’s increasingly difficult to identify ranges. Japan has become somewhat of a laughing stock in recent years as Honda and Toyota do their best to blend in with their Korean competitors who are far ahead of the curve. The Brits and the Americans remain firm in the belief that bigger engines are best and more power to them. In the increasingly environmentally conscious, safety obsessed automotive industry, fun cars are few and far between.
Luckily the Italians aren’t very interested in any of that, they’re still of the old school – form over function, unless function looks absolutely beautiful. The 488 GTB is no exception.
On first impressions it’s shocking that Ferrari have managed to produce a car even better looking than the stunning 458 Italia.
Design cues to LaFerrari are all over the 488 GTB.
The Formula 1 DNA is strong with this one. Active aero has become a big part of Ferrari’s road cars and it’s no exception on the latest model.
The black and red contrasting interior is a nice departure from the standard tan leather which will most certainly be part of the long options list.
Positively stunning from every angle.
So where does the 488 GTB stack up exactly? Well for starters, gone is the 4L naturally aspirated V8. In its place is a twin turbo 3.9L V8 producing 670 HP. Purists will initially question the decision to go turbo, but it wasn’t necessarily Ferrari’s choice.
Emissions have become a crucial part of the automotive industry and under Ferrari’s new leadership, the brand has vowed to produce a greater number of cars. More cars being sold within more markets including the very strict European Union, North American and Chinese means smaller, more environmentally sound power plants. No longer will large displacement engines pass emissions regulations so to increase the power, most manufacturers have gone turbo. Ultimately it was a change that was bound to happen, even for Ferrari. Some solace can be found in the fact that Formula 1’s current power units are also turbocharged so there is a direct connection to racing.
Ferrari claims the 488 GTB is half a second faster at Fiorano than the 458 Speciale. While the 458 is likely Ferrari’s final naturally aspirated “entry-level” offering, they’ve certainly upped the ante with the successor. The 488 GTB will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Expect a Challenge Stradale version at some point as well.
The future is looking promising for Ferrari’s road car division, hopefully their Formula 1 team follows suit.
Photos courtesy of Ferrari.