2018 Ferrari 488 GTB
Purists Fear Not
Supercar purists are often a little uncomfortable with change. Enzo Ferrari himself was one of them, clinging to tubular steel frames and drum brakes long after other road and race-car manufacturers had moved on to newer, better technology. All of which means that the successor to the mid-engined 458 model, the 488, was viewed with no small degree of suspicion when it was launched with a turbocharged engine.
However, the faithful had nothing to fear as the twin-turbo, 3.9-litre V8 has gone on to prove itself more than worthy of carrying the Ferrari badge by dint of race successes and its merits as a road-going supercar. In fact, not only did the turbocharged engine endow the 488 with even more performance than the vaunted 458, it actually used less fuel and contributed fewer tailpipe emissions in the process. And to drive one is to instantly understand that, sometimes, progress really is progress.
This example built in 2017 is finished in Rosso Corsa with a classic yet understated black interior. The red exterior theme has been carried through to the interior stitching and the seat headrests feature the famous Cavallino. The original purchaser specified 20-inch forged alloy wheels with a diamond-cut finish and the engine’s soundtrack has been given the right accent with a factory sports exhaust.
Features include: Front-end lifter, parking sensors, full electric seats and a reversing camera. Bluetooth connectivity, electronic brake-force distribution, stability-control, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate-control, factory car-cover, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED lighting, tyre-pressure monitoring, navigation.