Geneva 2015: Ferrari 488 GTB

 

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Ferrari’s newest mid-engined V8 supercar broke covers at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. The introduction of turbocharged engines into it’s performance cars signifies some changes within the Ferrari ethos. Although this isn’t the first Ferrari with a turbocharged engine, it is the first time they have put one in their “entry-level” mid-engined supercars.

As a refresher, the Ferrari 488 GTB might only look like a mildly updated version of the 458 Italia but there is actually substantialyl enough parts changed from the last car to this one to call give it a new name. Instead of the old naturally aspirated 4.5 Liter V8 found in the 458 Italia, the 488 GTB uses a new 3.9L twin turbo charged V8. The old V8 in the 458 was rated at 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, while the new, smaller V8 is making 661 hp and 561 lb-ft. That is an astonishing 99 hp and 163 lb-ft more than the previous model. Ferrari says that all this extra power and torque mean that the 488 GTB accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds, 0-124 mph in 8.3 seconds, and a top speed of “over 204 mph”. This, by any standards, is pretty darn quick and the upgrade in power also puts the 488 GTB directly against the 641hp McLaren 650S. Ferrari says that it will lap Fiorano in 1 minute and 23 seconds, which is actually one second faster than the 458 Speciale. Other changes include a new front and rear fascias, active aerodynamics, a 10 kg weight reduction, and new side air intakes for the engine.

Aesthetics of a car are highly subjective, especially in supercar territory. In my personal opinion, the 488 GTB doesn’t have the same grace as the 458 Italia did. The smooth lines from the 458 have been interrupted by larger air intakes along the side of the car. It certainly looks more aggressive than the 458, but it doesn’t have that touch of femininity that made the 458 pretty to look at.

Tell us what you think about the Ferrari 488 GTB in the comments below. Here is a first look video live from the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show:

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