Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever midrear- engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, Ferrari opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use.
The new berlinetta perfectly encapsulates Ferrari's experience in both F1 and the WEC, where the 458 GT holds the World Championship title and has won its category in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX programme which makes extreme track-only cars available to test-drivers.
The Ferrari 488 GTB's new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 661 hp at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from 0-124mph in an astounding 8.3 seconds and can lap the Fiorano track in just 1'23".00.The car's aerodynamics also make a pivotal contribution to performance. Several innovative elements have been specifically developed to do so, not least a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler.
The Ferrari 488 GTB's subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.
The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, further information can be found at www.ferrari.com.