Ferrari 488 GTB & 488 GTS Caught In Maranello: Video
The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB was unleashed earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, and while we already know all of the major details behind Ferrari’s new entry-level successor to the 458 Italia, we’ve yet to actually hear it in action. Thankfully, that has now changed thanks to a car spotter posted outside of Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters.
For some reason, the 488 GTB is still wrapped in camouflage, but one thing Ferrari can’t hide in this video was the supercar’s exhaust note. Despite the lower displacement and the twin turbochargers, the all-new 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine still delivers a signature Ferrari note, and pairing this engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission leaves the car sounding like an F1 race car. As good as these cars sound in everyday driving, we can’t wait to hear what the 488 GTB’s powerful engine (660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque) will sound like in full song on the track.
In addition to getting to hear the twin-turbo V-8, the video also gives us our first glimpse of the open-top version of the GTB, likely to be called the 488 GTS. Judging by this prototype, it would appear that the GTS will have a power-retractable roof where the two-piece top folds into the space between the passenger compartment and the mid-mounted engine.