New Ferrari 488 GTB -

Ferrari 488 GTB

New Ferrari 488 GTB Price, Pictures, and Specs -
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The Ferrari 488 GTB caused quite the stir when it debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show due to it signaling Ferrari leaving the naturally aspirated engine the way of the dinosaurs. However despite the initial shock the new 488 GTB was praised for it’s new sculpted body incorporating cues from a number of past Ferrari models. The first thing you’ll notice is the 488’s large front air intakes divided into two sections by a central splitter- a nod to the original 308 GTB. Around the side you’ll immediately notice the enlarged side intakes to give some extra air to the newly turbocharged engine. Around the back the familiar triple exhaust from the 458 Italia is ditched in favor of a more traditional dual-exhaust design. Active flaps in the rear diffuser adjust to either increase downforce or to give you better straight-line acceleration.
The single biggest change from the previous 458 Italia is the new turbocharged 3.9L V8 engine. Just because it is the first turbocharged engine by Ferrari don’t be mistaken to think they haven’t put the effort in to make it a true Ferrari motor. The new V8 utilizes high-precision turbochargers that allow for no sense of turbolag. An updated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers all 661-hp to the rear wheels. The 488 GTB’s powerplant allows it to sprint to 60mph in 3.0 seconds flat and passing 124mph in just over 8 seconds.
The 488’s interior is equally sporting as the exterior. The new prancing horse’s interior is an evolution of the 458’s featuring updated multimedia interfaces and more responsive screens flanking the center tachometer. The familiar Manettino switch can change vehicle setup ranging from a cautious wet weather mode to a no holds back race mode sharpening throttle response and cutting back on traction control. Of course fine leather is appointed throughout the cabin along with having the option of having Alcantara in the cabin as well.
Although there were multiple not-so-shining opinions about the 488 GTB and it’s use of turbocharging, unsurprisingly those opinions have seemed to disappear once the actual reviews came out. All the reviews point to one thing- the 488 GTB is a true Ferrari through and through. The 488 GTB competes with Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 650S.

The Stats
Starting Price: $237,000
Engine: 3.9L TT V8
Horsepower: 661
Torque: 561 lb/ft
0-60 MPH: 3.1 Seconds
Fuel Economy: 13/17 mpg
Safety Rating: 5 Stars.

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