2016 Ferrari 488 GTB
If Ferrari’s 458 of 2009 represented the end of the brand’s normally-aspirated V8-engined models, then the revised version of that model, the 488 of 2015 surely represents the new world order when it comes to Ferrari’s mid-engined sports cars.
In line with global trends for smaller, more highly tuned engines, the 488 received a 3.9-litre V8 with a pair of turbochargers to boost power to 493kW. Even more impressive, however, is the way this modern, turbo-technology has given the 488 incredible flexibility with torque peaking at an amazing 760Nm from as low as 3000rpm. It’s this mighty force of Newton-metres combined with low overall mass and the purity of rear-wheel-drive that gives the 488 its essential character.
As well as agility, though, the combination of that powerhouse engine and a milli-second-fast seven-speed double-clutch transmission endows the 488 with a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds and, perhaps even more impressively, a 0 to 200km/h time of just 8.3 seconds. A top speed of 330km/h confirms the 488’s status as a true hyper-car.
Meantime, a GT3 version of the Ferrari 488 cemented the model’s reputation for going the distance by winning the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12-Hour race at Mount Panorama on a sweltering February day.
Front end suspension lift; Adaptive front light system; ABS; Airbags for Driver and Passenger front and side; Electronic Stability and Traction Control; Electronic Brake Force distribution (EBD); Alarm with tow away protection; full electric seats; Scuderia Ferrari shields; Front and Rear parking sensors; Keyless start; Tyre pressure sensor; 20-inch alloy wheels; Carbon composite Ceramic brakes; Electronic damper settings; Auto-levelling suspension;; Bi-xenon headlamps with electric level adjustment; audio with USB input; Bluetooth; Car cover. Source: Red Book.