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Ferrari 488 GTB 2015-2019

Ferrari 488 GTB: extreme power for extreme driving thrills

The new V8 debuts at Geneva: track-level performance and responsiveness for the road

Maranello, 3 February 2015
– Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Its response times, nimbleness and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure.

The new berlinetta brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari’s experience in both F1 and the WEC, where the 458 GT holds the World Championship title and has won its category in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX programme which makes extreme track-only cars available to gentleman test-drivers. The data yielded has made a significant contribution to the refinement of the electronic and vehicle control systems so that drivers can make the most of the incredible performance of this new car.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and, when combined with the radical innovations introduced on all aspects of the car’s performance, lap the Fiorano track in just 1’23”.

The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle. As is always the case, Ferrari’s engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the 488 GTB’s sound, creating a new soundtrack that is full, clear and totally distinctive, as expected from any Prancing Horse engine.

The car’s aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50 per cent more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag. The greatest challenge was achieving these two goals simultaneously. Several innovative elements were specifically developed to do so, not least a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler. The aerodynamic underbody, which incorporates vortex generators, is highly sophisticated, too.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.

The evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 - SSC2) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners. Aside from integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character. Its large signature air intake scallop is a nod to the original 308 GTB and is divided into two sections by a splitter. The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the centre two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an innovative blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.

In the cabin, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver. Usability was the key word in the design, leading to an extremely sporty ambience that in no way compromises on comfort. There are plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements too, such as the clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, the multifunctional steering wheel, the control switch bridge and wraparound seats. The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have also been completely redesigned while the design of the car’s new key takes its inspiration from the car’s cylinder banks and allows keyless starts.
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Oh no! Tha surely is the end... of one of the worlds at least.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:17 AM
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Huh. We all knew it was coming, but it's still a bummer. It'll be amazing and all that but...

Who'd have this over the current 458?

Unrelated: the centre console switchgear looks chintzy.
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Ferrari 458 Italia vs 488 GTB



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Old 02-04-2015, 06:04 PM
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Huh. We all knew it was coming, but it's still a bummer. It'll be amazing and all that but...

Who'd have this over the current 458?

Unrelated: the centre console switchgear looks chintzy.
Me! I never did warm up to the 458's feminine lines; the 488, so far, looks much better to me.

As much as I love a high reving NA motor, I will say that boost is good. More boost is better.
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Interestingly, they took the naming back to traditional unitary displacement naming...

... which was never applied to this line. Ho well, I guess they didn't want to call it a 408. I wonder if the F12 will be replaced by the 522GTB.
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If they had named it after displacement and number of cylinder it should've been the 398, shouldn't it?
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Old 02-08-2015, 01:25 AM
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If they had named it after displacement and number of cylinder it should've been the 398, shouldn't it?
Yea, I rounded the wrong way.
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If they had named it after displacement and number of cylinder it should've been the 398, shouldn't it?
The displacement is 3902cc divide that through 8 cylinders and it gives 487,75.
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The displacement is 3902cc divide that through 8 cylinders and it gives 487,75.
Yep indeed, I was replying to pimento, as a 3.9 litre 8 cylinder engine should be called 398 instead of 408 if they had followed the usual naming convention (458 Italia; 4.5 litre, 8 cylinders).

On the other hand, they named the second generation car the 308 even though it only had a 2.9 litre engine, so who knows...
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Surely not; it should be called the Ferrari l'Edizione F1-Distrazione.
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Surely not; it should be called the Ferrari l'Edizione F1-Distrazione.
Not since Luca is gone. Staid naming is back, baby.

Or something.
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And anyway, the S-FiST seems pretty fast.
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