The new V8 debuts at Geneva: track-level performance and responsiveness for the road
Forty years have passed since the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, and now today, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The new Ferrari 488 GTB is designed to have 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 provides a unique sense of exhilaration and unprecedented driving pleasure.
The new berlinetta brilliantly encompasses 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 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 figurehead for this kind of automotive excellence. The engine spits out 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 allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in an mesmerizing 8.3 seconds.
The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which manipulates the engine’s massive flawlessly right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios provide an incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle. Per normal with this brand, 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 dramatic contribution to performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50% 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 very intricate as well.
The Ferrari 488 GTB’s subsystems and electronic controls makes its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model currently set for the market, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.
The newest 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 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.
Created by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car sports very sculptural flanks which are the key to its look. Its large signature air intake scallop is a tip-of-the-hat 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 center, two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The wide, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an state-of-the-art blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works flawlessly 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 beautiful integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely customized around the driver. Usability was the focus in this 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 the classic 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.
Type V8 – 90° Turbo
Overall displacement 3902 cm3
Maximum power * 492 kW (670 CV) at 8000 rpm
Maximum torque * 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length 4568 mm
Width 1952 mm
Height 1213 mm
Dry weight** 1370 kg
Weight distribution 46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear
0-100 km/h 3.0 s
0 -200 km/h 8.3 s
Maximum speed > 330 km/h
11.4 l/100 km
C02 EMISSIONS ***
* With 98 RON petrol
**With lightweight options
*** ECE+EUDC combined cycle with HELE system
The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, but from today can be seen at www.ferrari.com.