The 488 GTB is Ferrari’s high-performance, a mid-engined V8 sports car that has been designed to take on the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S and McLaren’s 720S. It is a replacement for the 458 Italia and comes in coupe and Spider variations. The 488 GTB isn’t merely about mild tweaks and enhancements; it’s properly new from ground-up and Ferrari claims it is 85 percent new compared to its replacement. The biggest change, however, lies under the see-through glass: its twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces more power and is also more frugal than its naturally-aspirated predecessor. Making 660bhp and 760Nm of torque, it delivers staggering performance with both versions of the car sprinting from 0-100kph in just 3.0 seconds, while managing a top speed of 340+ kmph. Paired to the mid-mounted engine is a reworked 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox that upshifts and downshifts faster than before. It also gets equipped with steering column-mounted paddle-shifters. Even the suspension, aerodynamics, and brakes have been improved upon. Also, the restyled bodywork helps increase downforce while reducing drag as well. The brakes are based on the LaFerrari hypercar. The car also corners better, now that it has updated adaptive dampers. Changes aren’t limited only to the exterior; the interior to get a reworked dashboard layout and a new infotainment system. You also get a go-faster version of the 488, called the Pista. But that’s another car altogether. The 488 is one of the latest mid-engined cars to have been made by the Italian company, and is by no means, short on performance. It’s blisteringly fast, has a stunning design language and is a hoot to drive, while that twin-turbo V8 is a work of art. It is also surprisingly a very useful means of mobility.
The Ferrari 488 GTB is an achingly gorgeous supercar to look at. It has some of the nicest, most smooth-flowing design cues you will see on a supercar. In fact, this is one of the reasons that make it poster-worthy for a child’s bedroom wall. The nose looks a lot more aggressive than the 458 Italia’s. The centre of the bonnet is raised, and there are huge scoops on either side. It boasts of big air-intakes at the front, while the slender headlights sweep upwards into the fenders. The side profile is nothing short of spectacular. It gets 20-inch forged alloy wheels, a beautifully curved depression in the doors with massive air ducts on the wide rear haunches. The rear too, is very pretty to behold, with those two circular tail lights and a ‘blown’ rear spoiler that helps improve aerodynamic downforce and reduces drag. It also features two exhaust pipes and a rear diffuser.
In terms of dimensions, the 488 GTB is 4568mm in length, 1952mm in width, and 1213mm in height. The 488 GTB is extremely involving to drive. Performance is staggering, with the GTB and Spider, both reaching 100kph in just 3.0 seconds. The mid-range is what is most intriguing. No matter what gear you’re in, the 488 accelerates like nobody’s business when you floor the loud pedal. And you’d be surprised to know that there’s no turbo lag. Ferrari’s grease monkeys have created an engine that is just as responsive as its naturally-aspirated successor. However, by adding turbos to the recipe, the V8 sounds a bit hushed, giving out a low-baritone growl. Thanks to the 7-speed twin-clutch transmission, the upshifts and downshifts are faster. The 488 is very stable at high speeds, and it provides a lot of grips too. There’s a 50 percent increase in downforce, thanks to the redesigned bodywork. Side Slip Control allows you to have some sideways action before the ESC cuts in. Even the adaptive dampers have been recalibrated. The car darts out of corners with a lot of confidence, thanks to the traction control. The steering is super sharp and the torque management system allows the driver to mildly use the accelerator which will help alter the car’s road manners through a corner. With the aid of the manettino control, you can tweak the sharpness of the throttle. The 488 tackles bad roads without any fuss, and road noise is well contained. In terms of specifications, it gets a 3902cc, 8-cylinder V8 petrol engine that produces 660bhp and 760Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine is also BS-4 compliant. Also, the base-spec trim weighs in at 1370kgs.
The Ferrari 488 GTB has a fuel tank capacity of 78 litres. In terms of mileage, the coupe is capable of returning 8.77kmpl by ARAI, in BS4 guise.
The cockpit is where most will enjoy being. Everything around feels top-notch, with astounding levels of fit and finish. There are, however, some cheap bits around as well. There’s an updated infotainment system along with the keyless entry. The rev-counter is flanked by TFT screens for the trip computer, audio functions, and sat-nav. You can also opt for high-end leather and trim inserts. The sat-nav is user-friendly and the trip computer features a lot of information like boost pressure. There are also basic necessities like Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth. You sit quite low into the seat, but the view out-front is fantastic. The large door mirrors give you a good view of what is behind.
The 488 GTB comes equipped with a whole bunch of features like automatic climate control, paddle-shifters, steering-mounted audio controls, cruise control, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and navigation. On the safety front, it is equipped with ABS, multiple airbags, ESP, EBD, and traction control.
The Ferrari 488 GTB is available in a variety of shades like Blu Tour De France, Rosso Mugello, Grigio Titanio, Rosso Corsa, Giallo Modena, Grigio Scuro, Nero, Grigio Silverstone, Azzurro California, Bianco Avus and Nero Daytona. Rosso Corsa is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young buyers. The paint quality and finish for all the shades is excellent.
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Prices and Variants
The Ferrari 488 GTB is available in two variants: GTB for ₹ 3.68 crores and Spider for ₹ 3.93 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the car, you can head to autox.
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