Ferrari Unveils New 488 GTB

By on February 3, 2015

Ferrari has just unveiled its smallest supercar for the first time, the brand new, supercharged, lightning-fast 488 GTB. By downsizing a lot of the features on their 458 Italia Speciale, Ferrari has packed more power into a smaller package with the 488 GTB.

The 488 GTB has a 3.9-liter V8 engine, which is significantly smaller than the aforementioned 458 Speciale, but it also boasts two turbochargers, giving it a 661bhp. This rocket of a car can also go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.0 seconds flat, and 0 to 124 miles per hour in 8.3 seconds – nearly a full second faster than its 458 predecessor.

There is plenty more to be excited about when it comes to the 488 GTB. In Ferrari’s test at the Fiorano test track, the 488 GTB recorded a lap time of 1 minute and 23 seconds, making it the fastest Ferrari tested at the track.

The 488 GTB is also more environmentally friendly than prior Ferrari models, as its CO2 emissions are down 15% from the 458 Speciale. Such are the benefits of a smaller, more efficient engine.

This car was also made with precision control, as its second-generation Side Slip Angle Control provides track-level performance, even for less experienced drivers.

Indeed, the 488 GTB represents the height of Ferrari’s innovation, as it is basically a race car that you can take for a spin on your local streets and highways. You’ll feel just like you’re racing in Le Mans, and that’s the company’s clear intent.

While the 488 GTB is not available quite yet, we should learn a lot more about it during next year’s Geneva Motor Show. But, as expected, Ferrari is gearing up to push the envelope even further with its newest supercar. Stay tuned!

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