When it was announced that the successor to the epic Ferrari 458, the 488 GTB, would be receiving a turbocharged V-8 powerplant, the collective groan from enthusiasts reached wind speeds that approached those of hurricanes. Never mind the fact that it was faster, more efficient, and more powerful than the 458, and just as pretty to look at. The addition of forced induction to its 3.9-liter V-8 meant two very important things for the purists: slightly duller throttle response, and an altered exhaust note.
Turbo technology is so good nowadays, that first point is a bit flimsy, in my opinion. However, the second point is unarguable. Some people are hooked to that iconic Ferrari wail. It’s the kind of sound that makes you think there’s an unknown wild animal trapped just behind the cabin. And after watching this video, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Filmed on the famously glamorous streets of Monaco, we see some of the principality’s finest out and about, including a pair of 458s. While the majority of the video involves mundane trivialities like maneuvering through parking lots, there are a few brief but glorious moments of foot-down acceleration.
So then – is the 488 beautiful, technologically advanced, and fast? Yes, yes, and most definitely yes. But at the end of the day, it’s still no 458.
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Ferrari originally released the 458 Italia in 2010, following it up with the track-oriented Speciale four years later. For 2015, the Italian marque decided to offer a drop-top Speciale, and consequently dubbed it the “A” (as in “Aperta,” the Italian word for open).
Featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 the company has ever stuffed into a convertible, with 605 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Speciale Aperta is also surprisingly lightweight — only 110 pounds more than the hardtop.
Acceleration looks like three seconds dead to 60 mph, with top speed of roughly 200 mph. Only 499 were produced, with pricing for each starting at $300,000.