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Ferrari 488 GTB: the knowledge

Ferrari has just dropped details about its latest berlinetta, the 488 GTB, ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month

 

Ferrari has just dropped details about its latest berlinetta, the 488 GTB, ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Not only is this a significantly new addition to the Ferrari family, it's also the second modern-day turbocharged racer to come from Maranello, following hot-on-the-heels of the California T last year.

So, Ferrari has rediscovered its love for turbos, right?
Indeed, the 488 GTB follows the path that the California T went down last year, sporting a turbocharged V8 with plenty of power and performance. Prior to the last 12 months, one has to go back to 1987 to find Maranello's finest embracing turbocharging technology, which came with the critically-acclaimed F40 and its 2.9-liter F120A eight-cylinder.

What do we know about this V8?
The California T's powertrain is a 3,855cc turbocharged eight-cylinder developing 560ps and 755Nm torque and while this and the 488's unit are bound to be related, there are some key differences. The 3,902cc V8 in the newest Ferrari unleashes some 670ps and 760Nm torque, a staggering amount of power from such a compact IC base. And that's also a great deal more than what the 4.5-liter naturally-aspirated V8 in the 458 Speciale can ever dream of and it even exceeds the power of a Zonda F, which relies on a 7.3 V12.

That's got to be quick on the road?
The 488 GTB can accelerate 0-200km/h in 8.3 seconds. Ferrari says it can also lap the Fiorana track in just 1'23. This is blink-and-you'll-miss-it motoring! Channeling all that power is a gearbox that features variable torque management that oversees output smoothly right across the range. Ferrari also says its engineers worked hard on perfecting the 488 GTB's soundtrack.

And what about the car?
We'll get the full development story on both the engine and the car at Geneva, but Ferrari says it used a lot of know-how and experience gained from F1 and WEC to develop the 488. The new model also exploits data gleaned from the XX program.

 

3 February 2015

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