The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB is the replacement for the 458 Italia and potentially a very large nail in the coffin of natural aspiration.The new engine is turbocharged because it’s smaller, leaner and more efficient this way. And, inevitably, more powerful. By a lot.
Speaking of displacement and cylinders, Ferrari crafted an all-new powerplant for the 488 GTB. Replacing the award-winning, naturally aspirated, 4.5-liter V-8 is a brand-new, 3.9-liter eight-banger with forced induction. Rumored since 2014, the new turbocharged mill, likely related to the California T’s 3.8-liter unit, cranks out a whopping 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm (the 458 had a 9,000-rpm redline) and 560 pound-feet of torque from 3,000 rpm. That’s a significant 66-pony and 162-pound-feet improvement over the 458 Italia, which translates into never-before-seen performance specs for Ferrari’s entry-level supercar.
The fact that the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB comes to replace the 458 Italia is visible from every angle, even though Ferrari redesigned most of the styling features of its entry-level supercar. Take a quick peek at the headlamps and the overall shape of the fenders, the bumper, and the hood, and it become quite obvious why the 488 keeps the 458 flame alive. However, with these features reshaped and a host of other details completely redesigned, the 488 is as fresh as it gets on top of having a styling of its own. The front bumper is divided into three distinct sections with massive grilles at the sides. Making the 488 unique among other Ferraris is the bumper’s mid-section, which incorporates a pair of vertical struts similar to those connecting an F1 car’s front wing to its body. The feat continues onto the nose and the front bonnet, the latter sporting subtle LaFerrari cues. Down below there’s also a new splitter design that enhances not only the 488’s downforce, but its aggressive appearance .
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.
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Price
Pricing for the 488 GTB starts from $242,737 in the U.S.
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