Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history, with the soon to debut Ferrari 488 GTB. Providing a full track-level performance that can be enjoyed by non-professional drivers in everyday use, the new berlinetta brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari’s experience in both F1 and the WEC.
Exploiting to the fullest the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX programme, the Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times. The engine unleashes 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character. In the cabin, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver. There are plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements, such as the clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, the multifunctional steering wheel, the control switch bridge and wraparound seats.
The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, but from today can be seen at www.ferrari.com.