2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
The 488 GTB Coupe is the raciest mid-engined road-going Ferrari of its generation and pays homage to its forbear of 40 years prior – the iconic 308 GTB. Moreover, it is the first mid-engine, turbocharged Ferrari since the iconic F40.
Purists may lament the move from the naturally aspirated V8 powerplant of this car’s predecessor to one fitted with two turbochargers, but the 488 is so much quicker than the 458 it succeeds that one’s brain needs to recalibrate the concept of ‘fast’.
The 3.9-litre V8 produces its maximum 492 kW of power at 8,000 rpm – a phenomenally high engine speed for a forced induction unit. Ferrari drew on its extensive F1, GT racing and Ferrari XX track car programmes to gain this type of dynamic, high-revving turbo performance. It’s an engineering masterpiece.
The innovations also extend to the 488 GTB’s road handling and aerodynamics. Again, seemingly mutually conflicting objectives are achieved – in this case, downforce is increased by 50 per cent to 325 kg at 250 km/h while drag is actually reduced at the same time.
Showcase of brilliance
The suspension and brakes are also tuned for high performance to allow more driver latitude and reward. The 488 GTB is a showcase of everything Ferrari does so brilliantly on both its road and track focused cars. It is rich in heritage, rich in emotion, rich in performance and marks a new era for the Prancing Horse.