Forty years on from the unveiling of the 308 GTB, Ferrari's first ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history.The Ferrari 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 usable 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.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the 488 GTB features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character. Its large signature air intake scallop is a nod to the original 308 GTB and is divided into two sections by a splitter.The front is characterized by the dual grille opening which channels air into the two radiators. There is also a double front spoiler which, on close inspection, looks very much like those of Formula 1 single-seaters. At the center, two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody.
The bonnet has a pronounced, raised central section and two side channels. These channels have the dual function of making the car look more sporty and channeling the air from the two vents in the bumper, which have been skillfully hidden from sight in the front view to keep the lines clean.The tail is dominated by the blown spoiler and the large air vents which help improve the car's aerodynamics. The new exhaust tailpipes have been repositioned to accommodate the greater height required for the diffuser. The overall result exudes a sense of power and performance.
The 488 GTB's cabin was designed to exude extreme sportiness without sacrificing occupant comfort. This heightens the impression of a cockpit tailored around the driver's needs: the commands not clustered on the steering wheel are on the wraparound satellite pods which are angled directly towards the driver.The new lighter and horizontally more compact dashboard features ultra-sporty air vents inspired by military jet air intakes.The overall result is an effortless marriage of innovative volumes and compact, functional forms.
The design references typical Ferrari traits, such as the clear separation between dashboard and tunnel, the multi-functional steering wheel, and the control bridge on the tunnel. All of these elements beautifully handcrafted with materials and trim that are both elegant and sporty, with a strong emphasis on creating functional spaces.The characteristic longitudinal F1 bridge has become a Prancing Horse icon and, in practical terms, frees up plenty of storage space for small items while the main function buttons are now in a more ergonomic position. Meticulous attention was lavished on the various odds and ends compartments which provide generous storage space.
The Ferrari 488 GTB's new door panels feature a more comfortable, ergonomic armrest. The design is very clean and sporty, while the buttons are very easy to reach.
|Type||V8 - 90° Turbo - Dry Sump|
|Total Displacement||3.9 L|
|Bore and Stroke||86.5 X 83 mm(3.4 X 3.3 in)|
|Maximum Power*||661 HP at 8000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque*||561 lbs-ft at 3000 rpm in 7th gear|
|Specific Output||170 HP/L|
|9.4:1 with 98 RON fuel|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT|
|Length||4568 mm (179.8 in)|
|Width||1952 mm (76.9 in)|
|Height||1213 mm (47.8 in)|
|Wheel Base||2650 mm (104.3 in)|
|Front Track||1679 mm (66.1 in)|
|Rear Track||1647 mm (64.8 in)|
|Kerb Weight*||1475 kg (3252 lb)|
|Dry Weight*||1370 kg (3020 lb)|
|Weight Distribution||41.5% front - 58.5% rear|
|Boot Capacity||230 L (8.12 cu ft)|
Fuel tank capacity
The new Ferrari 488 GTB is the Prancing Horse's most high performance V8 engine ever, with zero turbo lag and a unique, seductive soundtrack.
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