Even Ferrari has to follow form, at times, as the Maranello maker is demonstrating with the Geneva Motor Show launch of the new 488 GTB.
The new model replaces the outgoing Ferrari 458, the smallest sports car in the line-up, and instead of going with an update of the 4.5-liter V-8, the new Ferrari 488 GTB gets a biturbo 3.9-liter eight-banger. But fret not at the downsizing. The new engine delivers significantly more horsepower and torque – enough to rival several other new models debuting nearby at the Geneva Motor Show, including the McLaren 675LT and Audi R8 V10 Plus.
“Extreme power was a requisite for the car,” the Italian maker explained as the Ferrari 488 GTB was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new model “drew extensively on its experience in both Formula One and endurance racing, bringing to the road the technology that delivered victory in two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
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Ferrari has shown a strong interest in adopting more advanced engine technology in recent years, going so far as to give its flagship La Ferrari model a hybrid drive system derived from its Formula One effort.
The new twin-turbo powertrain manages to make 661 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. That compares with 562 hp and 398 lb-ft for its predecessor. That’s on a par with the bigger Ferrari 599 GTO of only a few years back. And it’s enough to manage a launch from 0 to 100 kmh, or 62.5 mph, in just 3.0 seconds, with the car passing through the 200 kmh mark (125 mph) in 8.3 seconds. It tops out at a brisk 205 mph.
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A new Variable Boost Management system built into the F1-style dual-clutch gearbox is meant to deliver smooth torque across the 488’s rev range “regardless of driving conditions,” proclaims Ferrari.
The new model also gets a new Side Slip Control System which uses active damping to keep the 488 riding flat and stable even under aggressive driving maneuvers, “so that less expert drivers can enjoy its potential to the fullest, resulting in an extremely thrilling driving experience.”
Though longer and wider than the old 458 Italian, the new Ferrari 488 weighs in at a mere 2,002 pounds, about 22 pounds lighter.
And a new approach to aerodynamics, such as the “blown” rear spoiler, active flaps and underbody vortex generators help both reduce overall drag while increasing downforce at higher speeds.
The interior has also been heavily revised from the old 458, the new Ferrari 488 GTB featuring plenty of leather and carbon fiber trim.
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