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Archive for the ‘Ferrari 488 GTB’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia

Ferrari has developed a fairly predictable pattern when it comes to releasing mid-engine V-8 models. First, we get the “regular” one, and then the lighter, faster, more-powerful road-racer variant follows. So far, the 488 GTB is the only one that hasn’t received this treatment, but we know it’s just around the corner. However, recent developments suggest that the 488 Scuderia — or whatever it will be called because it’s not yet official — might be a bit more special than its successors, especially under the hood.

The still fresh 488 GTB is great in just about any regard. It looks fast and aggressive, it has a race-inspired interior that’s also luxurious, and a twin-turbo V-8 that cranks out a massive amount of power, while still returning decent fuel economy. The upcoming beefed-up version should be not only lighter, but more powerful too, in addition to having what it takes to handle a weekend full of racing action at the track. The car is already being tested on public roads, and word has it it might arrive with a KERS system in addition to the turbo V-8. Definitely something to get excited about since KERS was restricted to Formula One cars and the LaFerrari up until now.

Updated 06/27/2019: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming 488 GTB Scuderia our for a testing session at Nürburgring.

Continue reading to learn more about the future Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia.


PostHeaderIcon Here's How You Can Own All 350 Of Ferrari's 70th Anniversary Special Edition Models

Before any of you start hyperventilating in excitement, there are a few qualifiers to keep note of. The first is that these aren’t the actual special edition cars that Ferrari is planning to roll out as part of its 70th anniversary. These bad boys are 1:8 scale models of the real things and they come from Amalgam Collectibles, the maker of exquisite scale models that have graced these pages a handful of times over the years. Remember the 1:8 versions of the Jaguar E-Type that secretly stole the show at the 2016 Paris Motor Show? Yep, it’s the same company that’s bringing us 350 of these special edition Prancing Horse beauties.

The differentiation among these Ferraris come in the form of liveries, which we also first saw in Paris back in September 2016. All those liveries represented various designs that were pulled from Ferrari’s long and illustrious history, including “The Schumacher,” “The Magnum PI,” and “The Prototype.” All told, Ferrari has 70 unique liveries on offer, all of which will be used on five of the automaker’s current models, including the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T, F12 Berlinetta, and the GTC4 Lusso. Do the math and that adds up to 350 different cars, each having their own mini-me versions courtesy of Amalgam Collection.

Needless to say, the scale models come with unparalleled detail. That much we can expect from the same company that brought us those beautiful E-Type scale models in Paris. That said, they don’t come cheap either as each scale model comes with a price tag of $695. If you can stomach that much damage to your wallets, it might be best to pre-order these scale models now ahead of their initial release in July since each of the 350 unique scale models are one-offs.

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PostHeaderIcon Student in Ferrari 488 GTB Finds Out Why You Shouldn't Have a Heavy Foot

It seems like there have been quite a few supercar accidents lately. There was that journalist in the new Acura NSX that supposedly crashed because of a bee, then, more recently, there was that McLaren 650 Spider that crashed in Southern California. And, let’s not forget about the Ferrari 488 GTB that was smashed up thanks to a jay-walking dog. Today, we’re talking about another 488 GTB, and this one has been declared a total loss. News-Gazette out of Champaign Illinois has reported that 18-year-old Lima Shen not only collided with a 2017 Volvo, but also hopped a curb, slid across 100 yards of grass, and ultimately came to a stop when it met the brick wall of a local barber shop.

There isn’t much information available about the accident at this time, but it has been reported that the owner of the barber shop is estimating at least $20,000 in damages while the 18-year-old owner of the GTB has learned an expensive lesson – one that’s set him back at least $245,000. Reports indicate that the driver had purchased the 488 GTB just weeks prior to the accident. Luckily, nobody was injured, but the driver has been cited for reckless driving and improper lane usage – apparently he saw The Fast and the Furious one too many times – and will be suffering from a bruised ego for quite some time.

You can really chalk this one off to another rich entitled kid who thought he was the man and failed miserably. Obviously, he had no business driving a vehicle with a 4.0-liter V-8 that has 659 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. There’s no word on how fast the GTB was traveling when the accident occurred, but with the ability to hit 60 mph in around three seconds and a top speed of 205 mph, you can bet he was traveling well above the posted speed limit. After all, he did slide the length of a football field before smashing into that barbershop. Hopefully, Junior’s rich parents will think twice before buying their irresponsible child anything more powerful than a Toyota Camry.


PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 Challenge

Unveiled in 2015, the Ferrari 488 GTB replaced the successful and still very potent 458 Italia in the lineup. Although the new sports car isn’t radically different than its predecessor, it created a small revolution in Maranello’s lineage of entry-level supercars by introducing the turbocharged engine. Arguably the most important upgrade, the force-fed, 3.9-liter V-8, replaced the iconic, naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-12. Like its predecessor, the 488 received a convertible version (Spider), as well as two racing variants for international motorsport series, GTE and GT3. For 2017, the 488 also replaced the 458 Challenge in the company’s one-make racing series.

Unveiled at the Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona in December 2016, the 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series. Set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017, the Ferrari Challenge was established in 1992 and has so far, used Challenge-spec versions of the 348, F355, 360, F430, and 458. Having hosted over 1,000 races, with over 1,000 drivers taking part in up to three series organised on three continents, the Ferrari Challenge series has proved to be an ideal starting point for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships. Needless to say, it’s not surprising that Ferrari was so quick to replace the 458 Italia with the faster and more aerodynamic 488 GTB in the one-make racing series.

The new Ferrari 488 Challenge will make its North American track debut in January 2017 at the Daytona International Speedway. The Ferrari Challenge North America season will also include races at Sonoma Raceway, Circuit of the Americas, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Lime Rock Park, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 488 Challenge.


PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Although Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1939 as Auto Avio Construzioni, Ferrari wasn’t recognized as a full-fledged automaker until 1947. Maranello is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and the celebration began at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Italian brand announced the introduction of 70 special liveries that pay tribute to iconic Ferraris from the past.

Five models were selected for the livery feast: the F12beriletta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso, and California T. Each sports car is available with any of the 70 liveries, but there’s a catch. Ferrari will only build one of each model in that livery, meaning there’s won’t be two identical cars with the same paint scheme. For instance, once someone orders a F12berlinetta in livery, that same livery won’t be offered on the same car again. However, it will be available on any of the remaining models (as long as they haven’t been ordered already, that is!).

As a result, Ferrari will build only 350 cars with the special, 70th anniversary liveries.

At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari showed off four of its new liveries. There was an F12berlinetta inspired by Stirling Moss’ 250 GT SWB race car, a brown California T painted like Steve McQueen’s 250 Lusso, a 488 GTB that pays tribute to Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Formula One racer, and a Ferrari 488 Spider inspired by the 365 P2 that won the Nine Hours of Kyalami in 1965. The latter features the race car’s atypical metallic green paint.

The remaining 66 liveries also include several iconic paint schemes from the company’s past. There’s a red, No. 56 livery paying tribute to the first Ferrari race car from 1947, a red paint with yellow and blue accents on the nose based on Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1 car, as well as liveries inspired by the many Ferraris raced at Le Mans in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ferrari offers Can-Am- and Sunoco-inspired liveries, as well as paint schemes based on car built for celebrities back in the day.

Each livery comes with its very own name, and some of them are quite interesting. Customers can order “The Heartthrob,” “The Patriarch,” “Gran Turismo Perfection,” “The Lucybelle”, “California Dreaming,” “The Lauda,” “The Wedding Gift,” or “The Pro.”

There’s no word on pricing, but expect these models to be significantly more expensive than their standard counterparts since they will be unique. Also expect them to sell out quickly, as Ferrari has already received inquiries about matching sets of five cars in one livery.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB by Novitec Rosso

The Ferrari 488 GTB is one heck of a supercar. It’s got a design that’ll make the most hardened of men swoon. It packs a 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8 engine that pumps out 670 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Those are strong numbers and yet, the spirit of aftermarket tuning has always been to take what an automaker’s finished product and add to it. One look at Novitec Rosso’s new program for the 488 GTB and it’s clear that even if the Ferrari’s standard output is impressive, 772 horsepower and 658 pound-feet of torque is much better.

Those are the numbers that Novitec Rosso was able to come up with after engaging the 488 GTB with an engine upgrade that involves a lot of new components and an equal number of modified ones. The tuner also worked on the supercar’s exterior, streamlining the body with an aero kit as well as a new set of high-performance wheels. And if those aren’t enough, the program also comes with an interior upgrade that’s entirely personalized depending on the tastes and preferences of prospective customers.

This is what owners of the 488 GTB are in line for should they let Novitec Rosso install its tuning kit into their Ferraris. The tuner has built a reputation for aftermarket excellence and this new program for the 488 GTB is the latest proof of that.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon Ferrari's Twin-Turbo V-8 Won International Engine of the Year Award

It’s unfortunate, but increasingly stiffer emissions regulations have all but killed the naturally aspirated engine in most major markets. Sports car engines that were once full of naturally aspirated soul have now been downsized and turned into exhaust-gas regurgitating whistle machines that are said to produce fewer emissions. Of course, there are benefits to turbocharging, like more power from less displacement and fewer emissions, though many say nothing can compete with the soul and growl of a naturally aspirated engine. Be that as it may, it doesn’t change the fact that Ferrari’s twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 that is found in models like the Ferrari 488 GTB just received a pretty decent list of awards, including being named International Engine of the Year.

Along with being named the International Engine of the Year by 63 judges from 30 different countries, the V-8 powerplant was also given awards in the Performance Engine, New Engine, and 3.0-liter to 4.0-liter categories as well. According to Ferrari, it’s return to twin-turbo technology for its V-8 range has “set a new benchmark for turbo-charged engines.” Of course, the brand is boasting the zero-lag effect and the engine’s ability to deliver torque throughout a wide portion of the rev range.

Graham Johnson, the Co-Chairman of International Engine of the Year Awards, said, “It’s a giant leap forward for turbocharged engines in terms of efficiency, performance, and flexibility. It truly is the best engine in production today and will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats.”

In addition to the big news about the 3.9-liter’s awards, the 6.3-liter V-12 found in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the F12tdf also to the “Above 4-liter” category at the same event. As it turns out, it’s a pretty happy day for Ferrari.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB "Project VOS-9X" by VOS Performance

The Ferrari 488 GTB. What else is there to say about a car that exudes everything we love about Ferraris. Exotic design? Check. Powerful engine? Check. Prancing Horse badge on the hood? Check. The 488 GTB is an incredible car in every sense of the word, yet there are those who believe that enough is never enough when you can get more out of it. That’s the beauty of the aftermarket business because it always comes up with a program or two to make cars like the 488 GTB that much more interesting. On that note, that’s exactly what VOS Performance did when it released a well thought out kit for Maranello’s latest road warrior.

The program is called “VOS-9X” and, while the name doesn’t give us a lot of concrete hints on what the entire kit comes with, the name does come with the number “9”, which could be an indicator on the amount of power the 488 GTB will have once VOS Performance’s program is completely installed. It’s also worth noting that the tuner offers a full menu’s worth of upgrades, from the supercar’s exterior all the way to its suspension. That’s more than what you can say for other programs we’ve seen for the 488 GTB, so in some ways, this may be the program owners of the supercar have been waiting for.

In the end, it all comes down to expectations. I can set the table as much as I want, but the real worth of a tuning program will largely depend on what the people getting it will think about it. Is VOS Performance’s program for the Ferrari 488 GTB worth the price of admission? Read on to find out.

Continue after the jump to read more about VOS Performance’s “VOS-9X” kit for the Ferrari 488 GTB.


PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB "Project VOS-9X" by VOS Performance

The Ferrari 488 GTB. What else is there to say about a car that exudes everything we love about Ferraris. Exotic design? Check. Powerful engine? Check. Prancing Horse badge on the hood? Check. The 488 GTB is an incredible car in every sense of the word, yet there are those who believe that enough is never enough when you can get more out of it. That’s the beauty of the aftermarket business because it always comes up with a program or two to make cars like the 488 GTB that much more interesting. On that note, that’s exactly what VOS Performance did when it released a well thought out kit for Maranello’s latest road warrior.

The program is called “VOS-9X” and, while the name doesn’t give us a lot of concrete hints on what the entire kit comes with, the name does come with the number “9”, which could be an indicator on the amount of power the 488 GTB will have once VOS Performance’s program is completely installed. It’s also worth noting that the tuner offers a full menu’s worth of upgrades, from the supercar’s exterior all the way to its suspension. That’s more than what you can say for other programs we’ve seen for the 488 GTB, so in some ways, this may be the program owners of the supercar have been waiting for.

In the end, it all comes down to expectations. I can set the table as much as I want, but the real worth of a tuning program will largely depend on what the people getting it will think about it. Is VOS Performance’s program for the Ferrari 488 GTB worth the price of admission? Read on to find out.

Continue after the jump to read more about VOS Performance’s “VOS-9X” kit for the Ferrari 488 GTB.


PostHeaderIcon Is This The Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia?

In 2015, Ferrari replaces the already iconic 458 Italia with the 488 GTB. Although similar in size and design, the 488 is a significant departure from its predecessor due to its turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8, which replaced the award-winning, naturally aspirated 4.5-liter unit. With the standard coupe and roadster already in dealerships and with two race-spec versions on the race track, Ferrari is expected to launch more derivatives of its entry-level sports car, including a successor to the 458 Speciale. A new variant of the 488 GTB isn’t expected to arrive sooner than 2017, but a test car that was recently spotted at the Fiorano track suggests that Maranello is already working on a beefed-up coupe.

The photos come via Zero2Turbo and show a 488 GTB that’s slightly different than the standard model. Notable changes include a new, more aggressive splitter, revised front bumper center element and intakes, a reworked rear fascia with covered taillight vents, and a reshaped bumper with a larger diffuser. The sports car also rides on different wheels and features an Italian “tricolore” decal on its front hood and roof. Given the racier aero kit and the stripes, which we’ve seen on previous high-performance models such as the 458 Speciale and 360 Challenge Stradale, the Ferrari we’re looking at could very well be the 488 GTB Scuderia.

We speculated on what this version could bring to the table back in 2015, when the standard 488 was launched. On top of the revised aero kit and the upgraded interior, we also expect it to receive an uprated 3.9-liter V-8 that could deliver as much as 700 horsepower, 40 horses more than the regular GTB. The extra oomph should enable it to hit 60 mph from a standing start in around 2.8 seconds and post amazing laps on both the Fiorano test track and the Nurburgring Nordschleife. But is this the sports car that will replace the 458 Speciale or just a bespoke one-off 488 for a wealthy customer?

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made

This year’s Tour Auto Optic 2000 hosted the French premiere of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso at the Grand Palais in Paris. The GTC4Lusso wasn’t the only interesting Ferrari on the grounds of the historic site. There was also a one-off Ferrari 488 GTB that was customized by Tailor Made – Ferrari’s customizing division – in association with the Parisian dealer, Charles Pozzi.

More important than the fact that this 488 GTB is a one-off, is the fact that it was designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 308 Gr3 Pioneer that was once driven by Jean Claude Andruet – a two-time Tour de France Auto winner in 1981 and 1982. This 488 features a livery on the outside and materials on the inside that closely resemble that of the car once driven by Andruet way back when.

Of course, this 488 GTB also serves the purpose of showing off the customization potential available on all Ferrari models by Tailor Made. So, let’s see how this 488 GTB stacks up against the car it was designed to pay homage to.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made

This year’s Tour Auto Optic 2000 hosted the French premiere of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso at the Grand Palais in Paris. The GTC4Lusso wasn’t the only interesting Ferrari on the grounds of the historic site. There was also a one-off Ferrari 488 GTB that was customized by Tailor Made – Ferrari’s customizing division – in association with the Parisian dealer, Charles Pozzi.

More important than the fact that this 488 GTB is a one-off, is the fact that it was designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 308 Gr3 Pioneer that was once driven by Jean Claude Andruet – a two-time Tour de France Auto winner in 1981 and 1982. This 488 features a livery on the outside and materials on the inside that closely resemble that of the car once driven by Andruet way back when.

Of course, this 488 GTB also serves the purpose of showing off the customization potential available on all Ferrari models by Tailor Made. So, let’s see how this 488 GTB stacks up against the car it was designed to pay homage to.

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB Stars In Pennzoil's "Joyride" Film: Video

American oil company Pennzoil isn’t the type of company you’d normally associate as a source of quality films, but you’d be surprised at what it’s been able to create in the past. Remember the Airlift Drift video featuring the Dodge Challenger Hellcat? That was one pretty sick “short film”. It was so sick, in fact, that a “prequel” was released, and that was incredible too. Now, Pennzoil has brought us this doozy of a video.

It’s called “Joyride” and it features a car that not even the Challenger Hellcat can hold a candle to. As awesome as the American muscle car was in a starring role in the Airlift Drift film, Pennzoil decided to go Italian for this film, hence the presence of the all-new Ferrari 488 GTB.

The film mixes elements from some of the most famous car-related movies in film history and puts them together to create a film about a group of joyriders who care about nothing but seeking the ultimate thrill with some of the best exotics in the game today. Seriously, there’s some Transporter in there. There’s also some Need for Speed in there too and a little bit of the Italian Job thrown in for good measure.

It’s a cool movie to watch if you have a few minutes of your time to spare. Just be forewarned, it ends with the three worst words any film can end with.

“To be continued…”


PostHeaderIcon Pennzoil “Joyride” featuring Ferrari 488 GTB

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Petroleum companies are typically cynical, money-grabbing bastard corporation who have no problem destroying the environment for their own profit. They’re kind of like tobacco companies in that sense. And just like them, the promotional videos they make are utterly awesome! Check out “Joyride” clip here, made by Pennzoil, starring pro drifter Rhys Millen and a Ferrari 488 GTB.

Just as you want a cigarette after watching a tobacco company ad (not that they’re allowed to make ads anymore these days), you want to go out and drift around your car, whatever it is, and make pretend your’e Millen. It won’t make you as cool as Millen, in the same way that smoking doesn’t make you as cool as Don Draper.

Ferrari 488 GTB Specs:

Engine Type V8 – 90° Turbo

Overall displacement 3902 cm3

Maximum power: 492 kW (670 CV) @ 8000 rpm

Maximum torque: 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear

Length: 4568 mm

Width: 1952 mm

Height: 1213 mm

Dry weight: 1370 kg

Weight distribution: 46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear

0-100 km/h: 3.0 s

0-200 km/h: 8.3 s

Maximum speed: > 330 km/h

Consumption: 11.4 l/100 km

C02: 260 g/km

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PostHeaderIcon Geneva Preview: Mansory Ferrari 488 GTB

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Mansory has a checkered history with Ferrari GT cars, turning some of them into less than desirable objects with big question marks above them. They are now trying to remedy that with the new Mansory Ferrari 488 GTB, set for debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Dubbed “4XX SiraCusa,” Mansory Ferrari 488 GTB is all-out, no-nonsense super car with various bespoke touches that set it apart from, well, pretty much anything else in the world. The creativity has not all been Mansory designer’s though, since as the name clearly suggests the design of SiraCusa is inspired to a great extent by Ferrari’s own XX cars.

The biggest XX-influenced feature of Mansory Ferrari 488 GTB is the superb rear wing arrangement. We’re not sure we can even call that a wing, since it’s made up of two small and separate winglets on each side of the engine cover like an FXX K. They look brilliant. The car also gets custom bumpers and aero kit and a racing livery with yellow and black.

Inside the cabin Mansory has really outdone themselves this time, changing pretty much every visible surface with their own unique design. It’s a great place to sit and explore the 800 horsepower and 870 Nm of torque power output of the engine.

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PostHeaderIcon Gallery: Ferrari 488 Spider London Launch Event

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The new Ferrari 488 Spider, the open-top version of the 488 GTB, made its UK debut in an exclusive event in London. Marc Gené, Scuderia Ferrari F1 test driver, BBC F1’s Correspondent Tom Clarkson, glamorous people, good champagne, the event had them all.

Boasting a RHT (Retractable Hard Top) roof, Ferrari 488 Spider has the same twin-turbo V8 engine as the hardtop, packing 670 horsepower which is delivered to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch seven-speeder. The way Ferrari has perfected its open-top engineering, the Spider is only slightly heavier than the GTB and there is no difference in the way goes around the corner, either. And as for chassis flex and all that old-timey nonesense? Forget it. You won’t find any of that here. What you get is a high-class super car with the option of infinite sky.

Superb though it certainly is, Ferrari 488 Spider was not the only star of its own launch even in London. The gig attracted many high-profile guests besides Ferrari VIP customers, including guests from the fashion, arts and creative communities. Ferrari also showcased its ‘Tailor-Made’ capabilities with a unique display of options offered by the bespoke atelier. Below is a small gallery highlighting some of the best moment of the event.

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PostHeaderIcon Harry Metcalfe Reviews Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari 488 GTB drive review

Just like good old days when Harry Metcalfe had only one job and that was being a motoring journalist, he goes all the way to the Ferrari factory in Maranello to pick up a Ferrari 488 GTB and drive it on some of Italy’s finest country roads. This is, to all intents and purposes, the most in-depth and technically fascinating review of the 488 you get.

We’re not sure if Harry gets to have as much fun in his other job as the advisor to Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team, but this Ferrari 488 GTB drive certainly seems to beat sitting in an office all day!

Ferrari 488 GTB Specs:

Engine Type V8 – 90° Turbo

Overall displacement 3902 cm3

Maximum power: 492 kW (670 CV) @ 8000 rpm

Maximum torque: 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear

Length: 4568 mm

Width: 1952 mm

Height: 1213 mm

Dry weight: 1370 kg

Weight distribution: 46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear

0-100 km/h: 3.0 s

0-200 km/h: 8.3 s

Maximum speed: > 330 km/h

Consumption: 11.4 l/100 km

C02: 260 g/km

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTB on Forgiato Wheels

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Here’s a taste of what the new Ferrari 488 GTB looks like with a set of aftermarket wheels. Granted, they are a set of very high-end Forgiato wheels. But still. These photos should give you an idea how you can improve the looks of the Italian super car without messing around too much.

This red Ferrari 488 GTB is sitting on a set of Forgiato F2 rims from the original series, finished in matte black. As usual, Forgiato has gone for the largest possible size that fits in those fenders, which is great for styling. But with high-performance cars like the 488 there is always the worry that oversized wheels may compromise the car’s handling and turn of speed.

Speaking of performance, Ferrari 488 GTB is powered by a brand-new turbocharged 3.9 liter V8 engine developing 670 horsepower and 760 Nm of torque. It allows the 1370 kg super car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds and to 200 km/h in 8.3 seconds, on to a top speed of 330 km/h. The engine averages 11.4 l/100 km corresponding to CO2 emissions of 260 g/km.

Among the main technical highlights of the GTB there are Side Slip Control 2 – SSC2, F1-Trac and E-Diff, and Variable Torque Management.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch Sport Auto Put a Ferrari 488 GTB Through the Wringer

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German car magazine Sport Auto in the process of thoroughly testing the new Ferrari 488 GTB for their first 2016 issue. As a sort of teaser for what’s to come, they released a video of their test driver Uwe Sener spanking the GTB at L’Anneau Du Rhin test track in France. The words poetry in motion come to mind.

Technicalities, facts and figures aside, watching a Ferrari 488 GTB tackling a beautiful, and empty, race track like this is pure joy in itself. That amazing V8 soundtrack is a bonus.

Ferrari 488 GTB Specs:

Engine Type V8 – 90° Turbo

Overall displacement 3902 cm3

Maximum power: 492 kW (670 CV) @ 8000 rpm

Maximum torque: 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear

Length: 4568 mm

Width: 1952 mm

Height: 1213 mm

Dry weight: 1370 kg

Weight distribution: 46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear

0-100 km/h: 3.0 s

0-200 km/h: 8.3 s

Maximum speed: > 330 km/h

Consumption: 11.4 l/100 km

C02: 260 g/km

The post Watch Sport Auto Put a Ferrari 488 GTB Through the Wringer appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Le Magnifique: Bianco Avus Ferrari 488 Spider

Bianco Avus Ferrari 488 Spider-0

As we know from looking at white examples of the 488 GTB, this Ferrari looks astonishingly good in this color. Turns out that is doubly true about the drop-top version, as seen with this Bianco Avus Ferrari 488 Spider, available for sale at Ferrari Cannes.

If you listen to us motoring journos, we will tell you that you should always get the hardtop version of a super car, because the open-top model is not just as fast, is a tad heavier, and has a slight flex to its chassis. But that is us being our pedantic selves. A normal person should always go for the convertible as it’s more dramatic, better to look at, and overall more of an experience to drive.

The Bianco Avus Ferrari 488 Spider, in our opinion, looks a lot cooler than the hardtop. Who cares if it’s minutely less precise handling-wise than the coupe. It gives you access to a million miles of sky and a 3D effect to the exhaust noise. What’s more, the security of a hardtop is only seconds away at the touch of a button. Whichever way you look at it, the Spider is the better option.

Powering the 488 Spider is a 670 horsepower 3902cc turbo-charged V8 engine, capable of dispatching the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7 seconds.

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Via Ferrari Cannes

The post Le Magnifique: Bianco Avus Ferrari 488 Spider appeared first on Motorward.

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