Ferraris have been deserving of the prancing horse badge not just because of how it drives, but also because of how a Ferrari’s sings when driven hard. With turbos, this poses a challenge to the Maranello company’s acoustic engineers. We’ve seen countless cars that once sounded atmospheric become as muted as a mouse when their newer, turbocharged models are released. Take for instance, the BMW M3. Once a naturally aspirated V8, now has a downsized inline-6 with turbos. Performance has been boosted, but the sound has been its achilles heel. Thankfully, this does not (entirely) apply to the newly launched 488 GTB.
The Ferrari 458 has been one of the best cars to drive in the world, and the 488 GTB should no doubt be good to drive as well. The biggest, and most obvious change to the Ferrari 488 GTB over the 458 Italia is its engine. Gone is the naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V8, in place is a smaller 3.9 liter V8 with twin turbos, producing just less than 100 hp more than the 458, at 660 hp, and 760 Nm of torque. Ferrari’s excellent 7-Speed DCT provides ultra-fast shifts, helping this car sprint from 0-100 kph in 3 seconds flat, while 200 kph is achieved from a standstill in just 8.3 seconds, faster than how most cars sprint from 0-100 kph.
Apart from the engine, subtle but noticeable changes have been made externally. The side vents are bigger, and now incorporates a blade design that optimizes air flow. The same applies to the front, where a blade is placed in the middle that likewise does the same job as the blades in the side vents. All this help to further increase the car’s downforce.
No pricing was given, but al 4 units destined to the Philippine market have all been spoken for. Now, it’s time for the Ferrari fans to go to the dealership if they want to see one in advance.