Technically, the 488 (internally known as Tipo F142M) is a mid-engined sports car introduced in 2015 to replace the illustrious 458. The car is considered as an update to the 458 with a host of exterior and performance enhancements. The 488 is offered in both Spider and Berlinetta bodystyles and comes with cutting-edge technologies from extreme models. And it is one of Maranello’s most beautiful cars.
Sporting a profile and proportions similar to the 458, Ferrari’s design team under Flavio Manzoni have further refined the detailing of the car based on its job description. Aerodynamics has played a big role in determining the final detailing.
Ferrari says the cabin was designed combine extreme sportiness without sacrificing occupant comfort. As a result, the cockpit is tailored around the driver’s needs. The horizontally and more compact dashboard features ultra-sporty air vents inspired by military jet air intakes.
The car’s Getrag gearbox features specific ratios to make the most of the engine’s torque while variable torque management delivers increasing amounts of torque up through the gearbox to optimise acceleration. As a direct result of these solutions, the car delivers track-style gear-shifting: it takes just 6 seconds to go from standstill in first to the limiter in fourth gear. The evolved version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Control System, SSC2, is more precise yet less invasive, analysing various parameters to boost longitudinal acceleration out of corners by 12 per cent (in the Race and CT Off Manettino positions).). Aside f
As with most models, the drive modes can be selected from the extr-busy steering wheel. Optional features that can be ordered include front and rear cameras, and an automated front-lift system to avoid scrapes.
The car is powered by a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8, smaller in displacement and higher in output than the 458’s naturally aspirated engine. It offers 661hp (vs 602hp of the Lusso T) when mated to Getrag made automated manual dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox. Carbon-ceramic brakes are availablr on the 488 which are derived from technology used in the LaFerrari.
The 488 GTB has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.2 kg per hp which incidently, matches that of Ferrari’s own F12berlinetta. In terms of performance, 0–100 km/h sprint comes up in 3.0 seconds, 0–200 km/h in 8.3 seconds and top speed is 330 km/h.
Helping in this effort are the car’s increased by 50 per cent downforce and intensive aerodynamic profiling. Even the car’s door handles – dubbed ‘shark fins’ by Ferrari – are designed in a way which improves airflow by cleaning and funneling air into the large intakes above the rear wheels.
The 488 GTB was named “The Supercar of the Year 2015” by car magazine Top Gear, as well as becoming Motor Trend’s 2017 “Best Driver’s Car. Flavio Manzoni designed the car which won the prestigious Red Dot “Best of the Best” awards for Product Design in 2016.Mechanically, it is same as the 488. Both siblings weigh around 1,525kg and as far are driving environments are concerned, not much has changed between the 458 Italia and the 488 GTB.
|Engine||V8 3.9L RWD|
|No. Of Gears||7A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Tire Size||P245 / 35ZR20,P305 / 30ZR20|
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