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  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    659 @ 8000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    560 @ 3000
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.0 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    205 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    230000
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There’s been a lot of commotion around Ferrari’s decision to turbocharge the California, one that created a new departure from the company’s naturally aspirated leanings. If you’re among those that got a little upset over the forced-induction treatment received by the California, despite huge torque gains, then you’d better buckle up, because the Italians have just introduced the successor to the 458 Italia. It’s called 488 GTB and it’s turbocharged!

With engineers no longer looking to squeeze more power from the naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8 unit, Ferrari replaced it altogether with a 3.9-liter V-8 based on the 3.8-liter powerplant that debuted in the 2015 California T. Of course, the mid-engined Prancing Horse received more than just the 560 ponies motivating the latter, with output now in the 600-horsepower range. And despite being a lot more powerful than its predecessor, the 488 GTB is also more fuel efficient, while emitting less carbon dioxide — two feats that result from turbo technology.

Naturally, the 488 GTB also received brand-new sheet metal. The body takes inspiration from both the 458 Italia and the 2014 LaFerrari hypercar, while paying homage to the classic 308 GTB. Sure, its design may not be as radical as the LaFerrari’s, but the 488 GTB is one hell of a performer, having lapped the Fiorano track nearly a full second quicker than the 458 Speciale. Keep reading for the full run-down and stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where this new Ferrari is set to make its global debut.

Updated 07/02/2015: Ferrari unveiled a new video showing the new 458 GTB in action on both road and track. Enjoy!

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New Details Emerge for the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

New Details Emerge for the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

The fastest spider in Ferrari’s long history

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider has been around since August but only now, at the Paris Motor Show, did it make its European public debut. On this occasion, Ferrari presented a more detailed rundown of the Pista Spider’s bag of secrets and what sets it apart from the older and slower 488 Spider.

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2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

Maranello’s most powerful V-8 car goes topless

The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider joined the 488 lineup at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a replacement for the 458 Speciale Aperta. The Ferrari 488 Pista replaced the iconic 458 Speciale, and it’s the first of its kind to hide a turbocharged engine under the hood.

Just when we thought that Ferrari settled for the Aperta name for its convertible sports car, Maranello returned to using the old Spider badge. But this is arguably a small issue here, as the Pista Aperta is just as exciting as its coupe sibling, but with extra headroom when the top is removed. The 50th drop-top model built by Ferrari since 1947, the Pista Spider made its global debut in the United States, where convertible sports cars are more popular than everywhere else in the world. Let’s have a closer look at the latest member of the 488 family in the review below..

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Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider

Ferrari Celebrates its 50th Drop-Top Model With The 488 Pista Spider

The convertible version of the 488 Pista turned a lot of heads at Pebble Beach

Ferrari has unveiled its 50th drop-top model in the company’s history, called the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider. Essentially a convertible version of the 488 Pista, the Pista Spider packs all the potency of its coupé counterpart and wraps it up in a mesmerizing road-legal drop-top supercar. Ferrari hasn’t said how much the 488 Pista Spider will cost but expect it to be more expensive than the $350,000 488 Pista.

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Ferrari Releases Three Other Colors of the Pista Piloti And We Can't Pick a Favorite

Ferrari Releases Three Other Colors of the Pista Piloti And We Can’t Pick a Favorite

All four color schemes are to die for

The Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari made its debut last month, but it’s only now that we’re getting a good look at the full range of color schemes the supercar is going to offered with. We already saw what it looks like wearing Ferrari’s traditional Rosso Corsa paint finish. Now, it’s all about seeing what the Pista Piloti looks like in Argento Nurburgring (shade of white,) Nero Daytona (black,) and Blu Tour De France (blue.)

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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari

You need to be a Ferrari racing driver to be able to buy it

It’s been only three months since the hardcore Ferrari 488 Pista was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and the Maranello-based firm has already created a special edition of the supercar. Designed to celebrate the 488’s success on the race track, it’s called the 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari and made its debut ahead of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Inspired by AF Corse’s no. 51 car, with which Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, the Pista Piloti Ferrari is available exclusively to customers involved in the company’s motorsport programs. In short, if you’re not racing a race-spec version of the 488, be it a GT3 or a GTE, you can’t buy one. That’s a bit harsh from the Italians, but let’s a have a closer look at what you’re missing if you’re not involved in this program.

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2018 Ferrari SP38

2018 Ferrari SP38

Based on the 488 GTB, only one made

Introduced in 2015 as a replacement for the 458 Italia, the Ferrari 488 GTB is already an iconic supercar. It already spawned a topless, Spider version, as well as a replacement for the 458 Speciale, called the 488 Pista. Racing duties go to the 488 GTE and 488 GT3 for the most coveted classes in the FIA-governed championships. Much like its predecessor, it was also used for a custom limited-edition model, called the J50 and built in just ten units to celebrate 50 years since the Italian brand arrived in Japan. Come 2018 and Ferrari rolled off yet another bespoke model. It’s called the SP38, and only one will ever see the light of day.

Developed by company’s One-Off program, the SP38 was designed by the Ferrari Design Center on the chassis and running gear of the 488 GTB. It was unveiled at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, where it was handed over to one of the company’s most dedicated customers. The new supercar will be on public display for the first time at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este before it will find its way in a heated garage. Needless to say, the SP38 is the most intriguing version of the 488 GTB yet, and it will probably become a highly sought-after collectible in a few years.

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Pogea Racing's FPlus Corsa Program for the Ferrari 488 GTB is The Balled-Up Fist You Never Saw Coming

Pogea Racing’s FPlus Corsa Program for the Ferrari 488 GTB is The Balled-Up Fist You Never Saw Coming

It puts the Ferrari 488 GTB Pista to shame

Pogea Racing has a long history of churning out impressive tuning programs. It’s worked on a handful of models through the years, including the “Seven Sins” Audi A7, the “Centurion 1Plus” Alfa Romeo 4C, and the “Ares” Fiat Abarth 500, to name a few. This time, the Italian tuner is setting its sights on the Ferrari 488 GTB with a program that promises mind-numbing power and performance capabilities. Given its reputation, Pogea Racing should have no problems turning some heads again.

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Video of the Day: Ferrari 488 Pista in the Wild, Bare Ass Naked

Video of the Day: Ferrari 488 Pista in the Wild, Bare Ass Naked

The successor to Ferrari’s much acclaimed, V-8-engined special series, which includes the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is yet another homage to Ferrari’s outstanding heritage in motorsport. Much like its predecessors, the Pista was also developed using knowledge from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which it has won five manufacturers’ titles. Both the race-spec 488 GTE and 488 Challenge served as inspiration for the Pista, also "donating" some of their dynamics and aerodynamic developments. The 488 Pista is described as Ferrari’s most powerful and most advanced special series model so far. Check it out without camo below.

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Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

Track terrors ready for the rough stuff

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

The highly anticipated successor to the 458 Speciale!

Ferrari has developed a fairly predictable pattern when it comes to releasing mid-engine V-8 models. First, we get the "regular" one, and then the lighter, faster, more powerful road-racer variant follows. In 2015, Ferrari replaced the iconic 458 Italia with the turbocharged, 488 GTB. Three years later and the successor to the 458 Speciale is here with more power, less weight, and improved aerodynamics. It’s called the 488 Pista, and it’s set to make its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The successor to Ferrari’s much acclaimed, V-8-engined special series, which includes the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is yet another homage to Ferrari’s outstanding heritage in motorsport. Much like its predecessors, the Pista was also developed using knowledge from the company’s involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which it has won five manufacturers’ titles. Both the race-spec 488 GTE and 488 Challenge served as inspiration for the Pista, also "donating" some of their dynamics and aerodynamic developments.

The 488 Pista is described as Ferrari’s most powerful and most advanced special series model so far. Let’s find out if it’s true in the review below.

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The Ferrari 488 Pista Just Leaked, And It Looks Ready To Battle The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The Ferrari 488 Pista Just Leaked, And It Looks Ready To Battle The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Less weight, more stick, and extra ponies for the race-ready Prancing Horse

The Ferrari 488 is one helluva supercar, but now, it looks like there’s a go-faster competition variant just about to officially break cover. It’s called the Pista, which is Italian for track, and the specs were just leaked ahead of the full reveal. Read on for the info.

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Leaked Specs Say the Ferrari 488 GTO Will Carry the Most Powerful V-8 Engine in Ferrari History

Leaked Specs Say the Ferrari 488 GTO Will Carry the Most Powerful V-8 Engine in Ferrari History

Prepare to be shocked, ladies and gentlemen!

In case you’ve been inundated with news about Ferrari’s planned SUV and all-electric supercar, there is one other Ferrari model that you also need to pay attention to. I’m talking about the Ferrari 488 GTO, the same “Special Series” version of the 488 that’s rumored to be debuting at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. There have been a lot of rumors being thrown out about the go-faster 488, including whispers that it’s going to pack in excess of 700 horsepower. Well, leaked photos from a recent dealership meeting have revealed a few more details about the upcoming monster, and one of these details point to the car getting “the most powerful V-8 engine in Ferrari history.”

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What the Hell is a Ferrari 488 Special Series Coupe?

What the Hell is a Ferrari 488 Special Series Coupe?

Italian automaker has another specialized Ferrari in the works

Is Ferrari preparing a more hardcore version of the 488 supercar? That looks to be the case after documents from the California Air Resources Board revealed an unidentified 2018MY Ferrari that carried the name 488 Special Series Coupe. The CARB certification was published on January 2, 2018, after only being finalized two weeks prior. All signs point to this new Ferrari 488 making its debut in the early part of this year, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTO Spotted in the Wild

Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTO Spotted in the Wild

The beefed-up 488 goes testing before its debut in 2018

We know that Ferrari is working on a more aggressive version of the 488 GTB — a successor to the iconic 458 Speciale — we haven’t heard much about it until now. We also haven’t seen it testing on public roads or race tracks before, but we can finally take a peek at the upcoming Prancing Horse thanks to a batch of photos that surfaced the Interwebz. Reportedly called the 488 GTO, the beefed-up GTB was taken for a spin in a test session that included two cars. While one wears heavy white camouflage that doesn’t allow us to have a glimpse at its features, the second one was captured without any camo on its front end.

The supercar looks very familiar as it retains all the main features of the 488 GTB. However, it has a different bumper with larger outlets and new black trim that appears to be part of a revised aerodynamic package. The headlamps have been blacked out for a more menacing look. Not much else can be seen in these photos from Motor.es, but expect the front splitter to be backed by a redesigned diffuser and a new spoiler around back. Revised side skirts, new wheels, and a new engine hood are also on the table, alongside numerous weight-saving components inside and out.

The twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 engine from the GTB will find its way into the GTO as well, but not before Ferrari increases output from 660 to around 700 horsepower. The GTO is not yet official, and Ferrari could actually reuse the Speciale or Scuderia names. The "GTO" names were used on only three cars up until now — the 250 GTO, 288 GTO, and 599 GTO — all of which were considered flagship models when they arrived. The new supercar could break cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stick around for updates.

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In-Car Footage of Ferrari 488 Challenge Crash Hits Us Right in the Feels

In-Car Footage of Ferrari 488 Challenge Crash Hits Us Right in the Feels

This isn’t how you’re supposed to race something with the iconic Challenge badge :(

I think back to the days before I could drive… to the days when my only real experience behind the wheel involved sitting in front of a big-at-the-time-screen TV playing the very first Gran Turismo on my Playstation. I was just 13 years old when the game came out, and maybe I had taken a few short joyrides before that point in life, but nothing like grabbing the wheel, slapping the pedals, and shifting gears like I would learn to love later in life. As such, going to the races with my old man meant dragging out the cooler, grabbing some food and beer, and spending the day at the track. For him, it was all about the sport, the driver, the man who reigned supreme on that day. For me, it was more about seeing the cars crash. Of course, that was back before I could really appreciate what a travesty this can be when it happens to the wrong cars, but when you’re young, that’s the most entertaining part. Fast forward to today, and seeing a $300,000-plus makes my manhood hurt, my heart stop, and my eyes tear up. After all, seeing a beautiful exotic meet its maker isn’t exactly for someone with a weak stomach.

And, that brings me to the very sad reason that I’m here talking to you today. As we moved from September into October, the Ferrari Challenge kicked off at Homestead Miami Speedway down in beautiful Florida. When you consider the disaster caused by Hurricane Irma just weeks ago, it’s amazing that we are even lucky enough to see some of the finest exotics in the world take to the track. In this case, I’m talking about the Ferrari 488 Challenge,a car that is success none other than the Ferrari 458 Challenge, F430 Challenge, 360 Challenge, F355 Challenge, and the very first Ferrari 348 Challenge that graced the track from 1993 to 1995. Needless to say, the 488 Challenge has some serious proteins in his DNA. But that didn’t stop a rather unfortunate and unhappy accident during the Ferrari Challenge. Fortunately, the drivers of the two cars involved were okay (so we’re told, anyway) but as you’ll see from this amazing in-car footage that in itself is a miracle. Click on the “Read More” button to see the short video for yourself and learn more about not only the 488 Challenge but Homestead Miami Speedway as well.

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2017 Ferrari 488 GTB By Novitec Rosso

2017 Ferrari 488 GTB By Novitec Rosso

German tuner goes back to its roots to develop program for Scuderia’s "mainstream" supercar

Before Novitec began tuning Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and McLarens, it staked its name and reputation on developing programs for Ferraris. It’s done quite well for itself considering that its business has expanded to other brands, but now, the famed German tuner is going back to its roots by developing a new program for the Ferrari 488 GTB, one that comes with a new aerodynamic widebody kit and increased amount of power totalling 772 horsepower and 658 pound-feet of torque.

If the numbers sound familiar, that’s because we’ve seen something similar from Novitec before, most notably on the 488 Spider. Since the two versions of the 488 are really differentiated by the presence and/or absence of a roof, it stands to figure that the tuner would end up releasing a similar kit for the GTB variant. Well, it’s happened and Novitec even threw in a new widebody kit and additional improvements on the exhaust and suspension for good measure. The finished product is what you’d expect from a tuner like Novitec. It’s well rounded and versatile enough to attract owners of the 488 GTB and get them to spend for the opportunity to have one fitted into their supercars.

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Prior Design And Misha Designs Show Us The Art To Building The Perfect Body Kit

Prior Design And Misha Designs Show Us The Art To Building The Perfect Body Kit

New kits for the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 570S are worth their prices

The popularity of an aftermarket tuning program largely revolves around what kind of engine upgrades these tuning kits have. Like it or not, but a car’s engine is the biggest reason why these tuners exist. But as important as engine upgrades are, they’re not the be-all-end-all of a program. Some tuners like Prior Design and Misha Designs built their respective businesses on the shoulders of arguably the most overlooked aspect of an aftermarket program: the body kit.

If the engine upgrade program is considered the heart of every tuning kit, the visual manifestation of it is the body kit. That’s an important aspect that these two tuners recently displayed in full effect with their respective kits for the McLaren 570S and the Ferrari 488 GTB. Neither of the two programs come with engine enhancements even though both Prior Design and Misha Designs have experience in that field. But there is a rationale for taking the approach these two tuners did, especially for cars like the 570S and 488 GTB, both of which have no shortage of power in their own right. When some customers prefer to keep their supercars with its stock power figures, it’s the body kits that get their attention. And for what they’re worth, literally and figuratively, Prior Design and Misha Design’s respective kits for the McLaren 570S and 488 GTB are as good as customers are going to get from two tuners who know their way around these exotics. All we really need to do to be convinced of their capabilities is to look at the final products.

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Here's How You Can Own All 350 Of Ferrari's 70th Anniversary Special Edition Models

Here’s How You Can Own All 350 Of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary Special Edition Models

Well, you won’t be able to but still, it’s worth a shot to get as much as you can

Before any of you start hyperventilating in excitement, there are a few qualifiers to keep note of. The first is that these aren’t the actual special edition cars that Ferrari is planning to roll out as part of its 70th anniversary. These bad boys are 1:8 scale models of the real things and they come from Amalgam Collectibles, the maker of exquisite scale models that have graced these pages a handful of times over the years. Remember the 1:8 versions of the Jaguar E-Type that secretly stole the show at the 2016 Paris Motor Show? Yep, it’s the same company that’s bringing us 350 of these special edition Prancing Horse beauties.

The differentiation among these Ferraris come in the form of liveries, which we also first saw in Paris back in September 2016. All those liveries represented various designs that were pulled from Ferrari’s long and illustrious history, including “The Schumacher,” “The Magnum PI,” and “The Prototype.” All told, Ferrari has 70 unique liveries on offer, all of which will be used on five of the automaker’s current models, including the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T, F12 Berlinetta, and the GTC4 Lusso. Do the math and that adds up to 350 different cars, each having their own mini-me versions courtesy of Amalgam Collection.

Needless to say, the scale models come with unparalleled detail. That much we can expect from the same company that brought us those beautiful E-Type scale models in Paris. That said, they don’t come cheap either as each scale model comes with a price tag of $695. If you can stomach that much damage to your wallets, it might be best to pre-order these scale models now ahead of their initial release in July since each of the 350 unique scale models are one-offs.

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Student in Ferrari 488 GTB Finds Out Why You Shouldn't Have a Heavy Foot

Student in Ferrari 488 GTB Finds Out Why You Shouldn’t Have a Heavy Foot

With great power comes great responsibility, but this student didn’t get that memo

It seems like there have been quite a few supercar accidents lately. There was that journalist in the new Acura NSX that supposedly crashed because of a bee, then, more recently, there was that McLaren 650 Spider that crashed in Southern California. And, let’s not forget about the Ferrari 488 GTB that was smashed up thanks to a jay-walking dog. Today, we’re talking about another 488 GTB, and this one has been declared a total loss. News-Gazette out of Champaign Illinois has reported that 18-year-old Lima Shen not only collided with a 2017 Volvo, but also hopped a curb, slid across 100 yards of grass, and ultimately came to a stop when it met the brick wall of a local barber shop.

There isn’t much information available about the accident at this time, but it has been reported that the owner of the barber shop is estimating at least $20,000 in damages while the 18-year-old owner of the GTB has learned an expensive lesson – one that’s set him back at least $245,000. Reports indicate that the driver had purchased the 488 GTB just weeks prior to the accident. Luckily, nobody was injured, but the driver has been cited for reckless driving and improper lane usage – apparently he saw The Fast and the Furious one too many times – and will be suffering from a bruised ego for quite some time.

You can really chalk this one off to another rich entitled kid who thought he was the man and failed miserably. Obviously, he had no business driving a vehicle with a 4.0-liter V-8 that has 659 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. There’s no word on how fast the GTB was traveling when the accident occurred, but with the ability to hit 60 mph in around three seconds and a top speed of 205 mph, you can bet he was traveling well above the posted speed limit. After all, he did slide the length of a football field before smashing into that barbershop. Hopefully, Junior’s rich parents will think twice before buying their irresponsible child anything more powerful than a Toyota Camry.

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2017 Ferrari 488 Challenge

2017 Ferrari 488 Challenge

The third racing version of the 488 GTB hits the track in the Ferrari Challenge series

Unveiled in 2015, the Ferrari 488 GTB replaced the successful and still very potent 458 Italia in the lineup. Although the new sports car isn’t radically different than its predecessor, it created a small revolution in Maranello’s lineage of entry-level supercars by introducing the turbocharged engine. Arguably the most important upgrade, the force-fed, 3.9-liter V-8, replaced the iconic, naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-12. Like its predecessor, the 488 received a convertible version (Spider), as well as two racing variants for international motorsport series, GTE and GT3. For 2017, the 488 also replaced the 458 Challenge in the company’s one-make racing series.

Unveiled at the Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona in December 2016, the 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series. Set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017, the Ferrari Challenge was established in 1992 and has so far, used Challenge-spec versions of the 348, F355, 360, F430, and 458. Having hosted over 1,000 races, with over 1,000 drivers taking part in up to three series organised on three continents, the Ferrari Challenge series has proved to be an ideal starting point for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships. Needless to say, it’s not surprising that Ferrari was so quick to replace the 458 Italia with the faster and more aerodynamic 488 GTB in the one-make racing series.

The new Ferrari 488 Challenge will make its North American track debut in January 2017 at the Daytona International Speedway. The Ferrari Challenge North America season will also include races at Sonoma Raceway, Circuit of the Americas, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Lime Rock Park, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Pays tribute to its most iconic road and race cars

Although Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1939 as Auto Avio Construzioni, Ferrari wasn’t recognized as a full-fledged automaker until 1947. Maranello is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and the celebration began at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Italian brand announced the introduction of 70 special liveries that pay tribute to iconic Ferraris from the past.

Five models were selected for the livery feast: the F12beriletta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso, and California T. Each sports car is available with any of the 70 liveries, but there’s a catch. Ferrari will only build one of each model in that livery, meaning there’s won’t be two identical cars with the same paint scheme. For instance, once someone orders a F12berlinetta in livery, that same livery won’t be offered on the same car again. However, it will be available on any of the remaining models (as long as they haven’t been ordered already, that is!).

As a result, Ferrari will build only 350 cars with the special, 70th anniversary liveries.

At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari showed off four of its new liveries. There was an F12berlinetta inspired by Stirling Moss’ 250 GT SWB race car, a brown California T painted like Steve McQueen’s 250 Lusso, a 488 GTB that pays tribute to Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Formula One racer, and a Ferrari 488 Spider inspired by the 365 P2 that won the Nine Hours of Kyalami in 1965. The latter features the race car’s atypical metallic green paint.

The remaining 66 liveries also include several iconic paint schemes from the company’s past. There’s a red, No. 56 livery paying tribute to the first Ferrari race car from 1947, a red paint with yellow and blue accents on the nose based on Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1 car, as well as liveries inspired by the many Ferraris raced at Le Mans in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ferrari offers Can-Am- and Sunoco-inspired liveries, as well as paint schemes based on car built for celebrities back in the day.

Each livery comes with its very own name, and some of them are quite interesting. Customers can order "The Heartthrob," "The Patriarch," "Gran Turismo Perfection," "The Lucybelle", "California Dreaming," "The Lauda," "The Wedding Gift," or "The Pro."

There’s no word on pricing, but expect these models to be significantly more expensive than their standard counterparts since they will be unique. Also expect them to sell out quickly, as Ferrari has already received inquiries about matching sets of five cars in one livery.

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Two Ferrari 488 GTBs Collide to Miss Dog in the Street

Two Ferrari 488 GTBs Collide to Miss Dog in the Street

There’s something fishy about why the 488s crashed

Supercar crashes are nothing new so those that make the news are usually the ones that have a rich story to tell. Consider then the absurdity of this crash that damaged two Ferrari 488 GTBs in Lijiang, China. According to reports from the Chinese media, the two Ferraris figured into the crash when one of the drivers abruptly hit his brakes to avoid a dog crossing the road.

Things took a turn for the worse when the driver of the second 488 slammed into the rear of the first Ferrari before crashing into a guardrail. Both cars were heavily damaged as a result of the crash, although fortunately, neither the two drivers nor the dog that crossed the road were just from the whole ordeal.

Local authorities immediately arrived on the scene and discovered that both drivers had their license plates covered, which raised suspicions that both drivers either covered them up to keep them from being identified or that they were actually racing when the crash occurred. The severity of the damage does indicate that the second Ferrari wasn’t meekly following the first when it crashed, but was actually traveling at a high speed when it slammed into the back of the first Ferrari.

In any event, both drivers have a lot of explaining to do when they send the heavily damaged 488s for repair. Judging by how both look in the aftermath of the crash, both cars are going to need significant repairs, which translates to a lot of money out of the pockets of the two drivers.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB by Novitec Rosso

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB by Novitec Rosso

German tuner gives newest Prancing Horse a kit to remember

The Ferrari 488 GTB is one heck of a supercar. It’s got a design that’ll make the most hardened of men swoon. It packs a 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8 engine that pumps out 670 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Those are strong numbers and yet, the spirit of aftermarket tuning has always been to take what an automaker’s finished product and add to it. One look at Novitec Rosso’s new program for the 488 GTB and it’s clear that even if the Ferrari’s standard output is impressive, 772 horsepower and 658 pound-feet of torque is much better.

Those are the numbers that Novitec Rosso was able to come up with after engaging the 488 GTB with an engine upgrade that involves a lot of new components and an equal number of modified ones. The tuner also worked on the supercar’s exterior, streamlining the body with an aero kit as well as a new set of high-performance wheels. And if those aren’t enough, the program also comes with an interior upgrade that’s entirely personalized depending on the tastes and preferences of prospective customers.

This is what owners of the 488 GTB are in line for should they let Novitec Rosso install its tuning kit into their Ferraris. The tuner has built a reputation for aftermarket excellence and this new program for the 488 GTB is the latest proof of that.

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Ferrari's Twin-Turbo V-8 Won International Engine of the Year Award

Ferrari’s Twin-Turbo V-8 Won International Engine of the Year Award

Ferrari wins a number of awards, but none more important than the 3.9-liter being named the International Engine of the Year.

It’s unfortunate, but increasingly stiffer emissions regulations have all but killed the naturally aspirated engine in most major markets. Sports car engines that were once full of naturally aspirated soul have now been downsized and turned into exhaust-gas regurgitating whistle machines that are said to produce fewer emissions. Of course, there are benefits to turbocharging, like more power from less displacement and fewer emissions, though many say nothing can compete with the soul and growl of a naturally aspirated engine. Be that as it may, it doesn’t change the fact that Ferrari’s twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 that is found in models like the Ferrari 488 GTB just received a pretty decent list of awards, including being named International Engine of the Year.

Along with being named the International Engine of the Year by 63 judges from 30 different countries, the V-8 powerplant was also given awards in the Performance Engine, New Engine, and 3.0-liter to 4.0-liter categories as well. According to Ferrari, it’s return to twin-turbo technology for its V-8 range has “set a new benchmark for turbo-charged engines.” Of course, the brand is boasting the zero-lag effect and the engine’s ability to deliver torque throughout a wide portion of the rev range.

Graham Johnson, the Co-Chairman of International Engine of the Year Awards, said, “It’s a giant leap forward for turbocharged engines in terms of efficiency, performance, and flexibility. It truly is the best engine in production today and will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats.”

In addition to the big news about the 3.9-liter’s awards, the 6.3-liter V-12 found in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the F12tdf also to the “Above 4-liter” category at the same event. As it turns out, it’s a pretty happy day for Ferrari.

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Ferrari 488 GTB "Project VOS-9X" by VOS Performance

Ferrari 488 GTB "Project VOS-9X" by VOS Performance

Well-rounded tuning program covers a lot of bases

The Ferrari 488 GTB. What else is there to say about a car that exudes everything we love about Ferraris. Exotic design? Check. Powerful engine? Check. Prancing Horse badge on the hood? Check. The 488 GTB is an incredible car in every sense of the word, yet there are those who believe that enough is never enough when you can get more out of it. That’s the beauty of the aftermarket business because it always comes up with a program or two to make cars like the 488 GTB that much more interesting. On that note, that’s exactly what VOS Performance did when it released a well thought out kit for Maranello’s latest road warrior.

The program is called “VOS-9X” and, while the name doesn’t give us a lot of concrete hints on what the entire kit comes with, the name does come with the number “9”, which could be an indicator on the amount of power the 488 GTB will have once VOS Performance’s program is completely installed. It’s also worth noting that the tuner offers a full menu’s worth of upgrades, from the supercar’s exterior all the way to its suspension. That’s more than what you can say for other programs we’ve seen for the 488 GTB, so in some ways, this may be the program owners of the supercar have been waiting for.

In the end, it all comes down to expectations. I can set the table as much as I want, but the real worth of a tuning program will largely depend on what the people getting it will think about it. Is VOS Performance’s program for the Ferrari 488 GTB worth the price of admission? Read on to find out.

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Is This The Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia?

Is This The Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTB Scuderia?

Maranello is testing what appears to be a beefed-up 488 GTB

In 2015, Ferrari replaces the already iconic 458 Italia with the 488 GTB. Although similar in size and design, the 488 is a significant departure from its predecessor due to its turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8, which replaced the award-winning, naturally aspirated 4.5-liter unit. With the standard coupe and roadster already in dealerships and with two race-spec versions on the race track, Ferrari is expected to launch more derivatives of its entry-level sports car, including a successor to the 458 Speciale. A new variant of the 488 GTB isn’t expected to arrive sooner than 2017, but a test car that was recently spotted at the Fiorano track suggests that Maranello is already working on a beefed-up coupe.

The photos come via Zero2Turbo and show a 488 GTB that’s slightly different than the standard model. Notable changes include a new, more aggressive splitter, revised front bumper center element and intakes, a reworked rear fascia with covered taillight vents, and a reshaped bumper with a larger diffuser. The sports car also rides on different wheels and features an Italian "tricolore" decal on its front hood and roof. Given the racier aero kit and the stripes, which we’ve seen on previous high-performance models such as the 458 Speciale and 360 Challenge Stradale, the Ferrari we’re looking at could very well be the 488 GTB Scuderia.

We speculated on what this version could bring to the table back in 2015, when the standard 488 was launched. On top of the revised aero kit and the upgraded interior, we also expect it to receive an uprated 3.9-liter V-8 that could deliver as much as 700 horsepower, 40 horses more than the regular GTB. The extra oomph should enable it to hit 60 mph from a standing start in around 2.8 seconds and post amazing laps on both the Fiorano test track and the Nurburgring Nordschleife. But is this the sports car that will replace the 458 Speciale or just a bespoke one-off 488 for a wealthy customer?

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made

It was designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 308 Gr3 Pioneer

This year’s Tour Auto Optic 2000 hosted the French premiere of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso at the Grand Palais in Paris. The GTC4Lusso wasn’t the only interesting Ferrari on the grounds of the historic site. There was also a one-off Ferrari 488 GTB that was customized by Tailor Made – Ferrari’s customizing division – in association with the Parisian dealer, Charles Pozzi.

More important than the fact that this 488 GTB is a one-off, is the fact that it was designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 308 Gr3 Pioneer that was once driven by Jean Claude Andruet – a two-time Tour de France Auto winner in 1981 and 1982. This 488 features a livery on the outside and materials on the inside that closely resemble that of the car once driven by Andruet way back when.

Of course, this 488 GTB also serves the purpose of showing off the customization potential available on all Ferrari models by Tailor Made. So, let’s see how this 488 GTB stacks up against the car it was designed to pay homage to.

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Ferrari 488 GTB Stars In Pennzoil's "Joyride" Film: Video

Ferrari 488 GTB Stars In Pennzoil’s "Joyride" Film: Video

Dial up the volume, sit back, and enjoy the show

American oil company Pennzoil isn’t the type of company you’d normally associate as a source of quality films, but you’d be surprised at what it’s been able to create in the past. Remember the Airlift Drift video featuring the Dodge Challenger Hellcat? That was one pretty sick “short film”. It was so sick, in fact, that a “prequel” was released, and that was incredible too. Now, Pennzoil has brought us this doozy of a video.

It’s called “Joyride” and it features a car that not even the Challenger Hellcat can hold a candle to. As awesome as the American muscle car was in a starring role in the Airlift Drift film, Pennzoil decided to go Italian for this film, hence the presence of the all-new Ferrari 488 GTB.

The film mixes elements from some of the most famous car-related movies in film history and puts them together to create a film about a group of joyriders who care about nothing but seeking the ultimate thrill with some of the best exotics in the game today. Seriously, there’s some Transporter in there. There’s also some Need for Speed in there too and a little bit of the Italian Job thrown in for good measure.

It’s a cool movie to watch if you have a few minutes of your time to spare. Just be forewarned, it ends with the three worst words any film can end with.

“To be continued…”

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB 4XX Siracusa By Mansory

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB 4XX Siracusa By Mansory

A fresh take on the Siracusa yields the same results

Every year at the Geneva Motor Show, some of the biggest aftermarket tuning firms troop to the event to showcase their latest wares. It’s a lot different than what people expect from automakers, because as tuners, their business is geared towards improving what automakers have done and make certain cars look better, drive faster, or in some cases, a combination of both.

Mansory is considered one of the best in the business, or at least one of the most influential tuners in the world. Every year, it goes to Geneva to unveil some of its new projects and this year will be no different. One of its new creations is this one, the 4XX Siracusa that’s based off of the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Like it? Don’t like it? Don’t worry, those are common reactions when it comes to these guys. The thing you have to realize with a tuner like Mansory is that the aggressive way it creates its programs often leads to polarizing reactions. Some people don’t like how edgy Mansory is with its kits, whereas others love the tuner’s willingness to be bold and provocative.

Either way, that reputation has served the Mansory well and that’s why it has no problem presenting a kit like the 4XX Siracusa at the world’s biggest auto show, where as has become a routine, the program will be one of the most talked-about cars in the showroom floor.

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Harry Metcalfe Takes The Ferrari 488 GTB Out For A Spin: Video

Harry Metcalfe Takes The Ferrari 488 GTB Out For A Spin: Video

Evo’s founder gives us the lowdown on his thoughts on Ferrari’s new supercar

You would think that a guy like Harry Metcalfe is the type of person who shouldn’t be bothered by the mundane nuances of the auto industry. He’s already retired and should be left alone to enjoy some much-deserved peace and quite in the English countryside. But, here’s the thing. Every so often, an automaker makes the call to Metcalfe, asking him to try out its latest vehicle and see if he would give it his stamp of approval. As the founding father of Evo magazine, his opinion still matters.

So, Ferrari made the call, telling Metcalfe that it wanted him to drive the new 488 GTB. Metcalfe took up Maranello’s offer, flew down to Italy, and met, presumably for the first time, the successor to the 458 Italia. This brings us to the latest episode of Harry’s Garage, and in true Metcalfe fashion, he wastes little time pouring over all the intricate details of the 488 GTB, right down to the “cleaner” steering wheel and the “jacket space” behind the seats.

I know we have a habit here at TopSpeed of not wanting to spoil review videos like this one. We’re not going to change that approach here because if there’s one opinion that you need to hear for yourselves, it’s Harry Metcalfe. So sit down, get comfortable, and turn those speakers up to acceptable levels. Harry Metcalfe talks about the Ferrari 488 GTB, and like the professor that he is, we need to stop everything and listen. Class is in session, folks.

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Ferrari Issues Stop-Sale Order For The 488 GTB

Ferrari Issues Stop-Sale Order For The 488 GTB

Ferrari issued a recall Tuesday for all U.S.-spec California T models due to a low-pressure fuel line that may develop a leak and cause a fire within the car’s 3.9-liter powerplant. That recall affected a total of 185 Ferrari customers here in the U.S. Now, just one day later, Ferrari has discovered that the same problem exists with the new Ferrari 488 GTB.

Fortunately, none of the U.S.-Spec 488 GTB examples have been sold in the U.S. yet, so Ferrari issued a stop-sale order as opposed to a recall. Until replacement parts can be delivered to dealerships here in the U.S. and installed, the stop-sale order on the 488 will continue. Considering the problem is a faulty fuel line, don’t expect the stop-sale order to last all that long. The process of repair should be rather quick once dealerships receive the adequate replacement parts.

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2015 Ferrari 488 GTB Settecento-Trenta by Wheelsandmore

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB Settecento-Trenta by Wheelsandmore

A month ago, tuning programs for the Ferrari 488 GTB were hard to come by. Now, there are three options to choose from. A lot has happened in that time, hasn’t it? Shortly after Alpha-N Performance and xXx Performance revealed their aftermarket kits for the new Ferrari, German tuner Wheelsandmore has followed with its own kit, dubbed the “Settecento-Trenta”.

For those who don’t know, “settecento-trenta” is Italian for “730”. That’s important because that’s the amount of horsepower Wheelsandmore is promising for the 488 GTB with its program for the supercar. Naming its kits is nothing new for Wheelsandmore so the Settecento-Trenta program certainly fits the bill of what the tuner’s plans for the 488 are.

In typical Wheelsandmore fashion, the German tuner is also offering a new set of wheels as part of the program. There are no exterior or interior upgrades to speak of, but I’ve come to expect that out of the tuning firm. The good thing is that between the new wheels and the engine upgrade, Wheelsandmore isn’t charging anything more than $10,000 out of it. That’s a good deal for what customers stand to get with the program.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By xXx Performance

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By xXx Performance

As Ferrari’s newest and freshest supercar, the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB certainly has a lot to live up to. Not only is it entering the market in the shadow of the popular Ferrari 458, it’s also coming in with the objective of taking on the likes of the Lamborghini Huracan and the McLaren 650S. By and large, the 488 GTB can hold its own against its two rivals. But, when it comes to the aftermarket scene where the phrase “no-holds-barred” usually carries a lot of weight, the 488 GTB has a pretty good tuner in its corner in the name of xXx Performance.

The Germany aftermarket company has just presented an eye-popping program for the 488 GTB that comes with a haymaker’s worth of performance upgrades. Sure, the program also has an aero kit, new wheels, and some suspension modifications, but for the most part, this program is all about giving this Prancing Horse more horses to play with. In total, there are three performance kits available for the 488 GTB, each coming with improved output of the supercar’s new 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8 engine.

Without spoiling what lies ahead, I’m only going to say that the most extreme of these three kits gives the 488 GTB more horsepower than the Ferrari LaFerrari. That should be something to think about if you’re an owner of the 488 and you’re looking for a performance upgrade that’s worth your time. Let’s just say that you might want to give xXx Performance a call.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By Alpha-N Performance

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By Alpha-N Performance

The Ferrari 488 GTB made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, becoming only the second Ferrari after the California T to come with a twin-turbo, V-8 engine since the iconic F40 back in 1992. The twin-turbo V-8 on these new Ferraris may have upset some devoted tifosi, but one group that’s excited to see turbocharged engines on Ferraris are engine tuners — largely due to how these engines are easier to modify than their naturally aspirated counterparts. No one knows this more than Alpha-N Performance, the German tuner known for creating impressive performance kit for some of Germany and Italy’s finest sports cars.

Alpha N-Performance’s program for the new 488 GTB is less about style and more about power, power, and power. Did I say ‘power’ one too many times? The improved engine numbers on the 488 GTB are incredibly impressive, even though the absence of any exterior and interior upgrades leaves me wanting a little more.

I’m not going to sweat it as much as I probably should, though. Even without any aerodynamic enhancements and interior refinements, I still love how the 488 GTB is presented. It’s the kind of car that really doesn’t need any cosmetic modifications to stand out. Fortunately, Alpha-N Performance’s engine upgrade more than makes up for whatever perceived shortcomings the kit may have.

I’m willing to bet that whoever gets this program will enjoy what Alpha-N Performance has in store for the newest Ferrari on the block.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTE

2016 Ferrari 488 GTE

With more than 250 outright and class wins since its introduction in 2011, the Ferrari 458 is arguably Maranello’s most successful race car to date. Although still competitive as of 2015, the 458 will be replaced starting next year by track-prepped versions of the 488 GTB. These were revealed at the Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali (World Finals) in Mugello, Italy, as the 488 GTE and 488 GT3.

Like its predecessor, the 488 GTE will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. There’s no word as to what teams will be using the Ferrari in North America, but Risi Competizione is likely the only factory-backed team to field 488 GTEs in 2016.

Maranello confirmed that the 488-based race car will make its official debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January. Both the GTE and GT3 cars will be built for four years. Michelotto, which builds the chassis for both vehicles, hopes to sell at least 150 units until 2019.

"This car’s not easy task is to open a new cycle, after the extraordinary one of the 458 Italia, one of the winningest cars in Ferrari’s history. We worked hard on it and continue to do so, because our objective is to have a high performance car that is also easy to drive, as the 458 Italia was,” said Antonello Coletta, Ferrari’s Manager of GT Sport Activities.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GT3

2016 Ferrari 488 GT3

This past weekend, Ferrari hosted the 2015 Finali Mondiali event at Italy’s Mugello Circuit. During the event, Giancarlo Fisichella, Oliver Beretta, and Andrea Bertolini unveiled the Ferrari 488 GT3 – the next Ferrari to compete in domestic and international GT championships. The Ferrari 488 GTE was also unveiled and will go on to race in the World Endurance Championship next year. Both cars will replace the current cars, which are based on the Ferrari 458, at the start of the 2016 motorsport season.

Fisichella, Berretta, and Bertolini were responsible for a majority the new GT3’s on-track testing, but they failed to give any real details of the car at its unveiling. Ferrari has also been quiet as far as specifications and performance numbers, so at this point, official specs are a bit of a mystery. What we do know is that the car will obviously stick to GT3 regulations, which means there will be a drop in horsepower from the road-going 488.

With that being said, let’s take a look at what we do know about the new 488 GT3, and what else it might bring to the table.

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2017 Ferrari 488 GT3

2017 Ferrari 488 GT3

Although it’s been around for only six years (2009 to 2015), the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia is already an iconic supercar. The 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider, the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale, and several one-off versions helped increase its appeal, but so did the various race-spec variants it received during its life, including the 2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge, 2013 Ferrari 458 GT3, and the 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2. These race cars followed in the footsteps of their predecessors, which were based on the 1989 Ferrari 348TB, 1995-1999 Ferrari F355, 1999-2004 Ferrari 360, and 2006 Ferrari F430, and it seems the 458 GT3 will get a successor based on the 458 Italia’s replacement, the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.

That’s the word from TopGear, which claims, quoting an unnamed Ferrari spokesman, that the race car should arrive in early 2017. Apparently the 488 will follow Ferrari’s normal development cycle, with the Challenge version to arrive about a year after the standard model, which means we should see it in the metal by the end of next year. Since both the Challenge and the GT3 are developed together, the track-only version shouldn’t be too far behind, making a 2017 launch more than plausible.

Much like the 458 GT3, the 488 GT3 will be eligible for competitions such as the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT3 Asia, Blancpain, and British GT Championship, including the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. But until the actual car breaks cover about two years from now, let’s speculate over what it may bring to the table.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

There’s been a lot of commotion around Ferrari’s decision to turbocharge the California, one that created a new departure from the company’s naturally aspirated leanings. If you’re among those that got a little upset over the forced-induction treatment received by the California, despite huge torque gains, then you’d better buckle up, because the Italians have just introduced the successor to the 458 Italia. It’s called 488 GTB and it’s turbocharged!

With engineers no longer looking to squeeze more power from the naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V-8 unit, Ferrari replaced it altogether with a 3.9-liter V-8 based on the 3.8-liter powerplant that debuted in the 2015 California T. Of course, the mid-engined Prancing Horse received more than just the 560 ponies motivating the latter, with output now in the 600-horsepower range. And despite being a lot more powerful than its predecessor, the 488 GTB is also more fuel efficient, while emitting less carbon dioxide — two feats that result from turbo technology.

Naturally, the 488 GTB also received brand-new sheet metal. The body takes inspiration from both the 458 Italia and the 2014 LaFerrari hypercar, while paying homage to the classic 308 GTB. Sure, its design may not be as radical as the LaFerrari’s, but the 488 GTB is one hell of a performer, having lapped the Fiorano track nearly a full second quicker than the 458 Speciale. Keep reading for the full run-down and stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where this new Ferrari is set to make its global debut.

Updated 07/02/2015: Ferrari unveiled a new video showing the new 458 GTB in action on both road and track. Enjoy!

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James May Drives The Ferrari 488 GTB For Sunday Times: Video

James May Drives The Ferrari 488 GTB For Sunday Times: Video

Gearheads have generally mourned the loss of Top Gear, the TV show that set the bar for automotive programming. But even though the show was canceled, nobody really thought that we would never again see the hosts reviewing cars. But here is James May reviewing Ferrari’s latest, the 488 GTB, for the Sunday Times. This is generally pretty good news for Top Gear fans, although it would be difficult not to address the fact that the production value of this video isn’t even close to what you may be used to from Top Gear. Still, there are some nice shots of the Ferrari on winding roads in the Italian countryside, something you definitely would have gotten from Top Gear.

The review itself isn’t all that in depth, and a lot of it focuses on the car’s looks. You wouldn’t expect a review from Captain Slow to be all power slides and engine noise, although he does manage to give us a few laps around the Fiorano test track. It leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s always good to see May reviewing cars, and hopefully there will soon be a better outlet for him to do so.
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Chris Harris Drives The Ferrari 488 GTB On Road And Track: Video

Chris Harris Drives The Ferrari 488 GTB On Road And Track: Video

Despite looking a heck of a lot like the 458 Italia, Ferrari claims the 2016 488 GTB is 85 percent new. It shares some body panels, chassis components and hard points with the old car, but with its new turbocharged V8, it’s probably easiest to view the 488 as the spiritual successor to the F40. Going by these initial impressions, courtesy of Chris Harris, it lives up to the legend. This thing is massively fast. With 659 horsepower on tap, it’s nearly two seconds faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track than an Enzo, and 0-60 comes in three seconds dead.

Before letting Harris loose in the 488, incredibly casual yet incredibly quick Ferrari test driver Raffaele de Simone takes us out for a few laps around Fiorano to show us what’s new. It sounds great, even for a turbocharged engine. Power delivery is also sharper and more linear, with an additional dose of torque arriving in the middle of the rev range.

After coming to grips with the new speed, Harris executes a few of his trademark smoky drifts and then takes the 488 out on the country roads around Maranello. You really need a track to extract the most from a car as fast as this, but it’s also incredibly usable on the road, as a modern Ferrari should be. Thanks to its adaptive dampers (from the 458 Speciale) and comfortable cabin, you could easily use it as a daily driver. But the 488 GTB isn’t a car for commuting; it’s a car for driving really stinking fast, which it seems to be very good at.

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Ferrari 488 GTB Testing At Fiorano: Video

Ferrari 488 GTB Testing At Fiorano: Video

If you’ve already watched the video, we know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “hey, that’s not a 488 GTB, that’s a 458 Italia with some extra holes cut into it.” The truth is that’s not entirely either one, it is a 488 test mule with a 458 body. The two cars share a platform, but there is more to the different bodies than simple aesthetics. The 488’s redesigned body generates 50 percent more downforce than the outgoing 458 body, while simultaneously reducing drag. The 488 body also does a much better job of incorporating the side air vents. These weren’t a feature of the 458, but are required for the 488 drivetrain in the mule in the video, and they have been somewhat clumsily added in that way that those sorts of things are on a test mule.

The most significant difference between the 458 and the 488 is the engine, with a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 replacing the 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 of the 458. The change bumped the power up from 562 horsepower to 661. That extra power just makes it all the more enjoyable to watch the car tearing around the test track at Fiorano.

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Ferrari 488 GTB & 488 GTS Caught In Maranello: Video

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.

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Ferrari 488 GTB Configurator Launched

Ferrari 488 GTB Configurator Launched

Launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 488 GTB opened a new chapter for Ferrari, one in which Maranello’s entry-level supercar uses a turbocharged engine. A newly developed, 3.9-liter V-8 replaced the naturally aspirated, 4.5-liter V-8 of the 458 series, making the 2016 488 GTB the second modern Ferrari to go the turbo way, after the 2015 California T, which was the company’s first vehicle to use forced induction in more than two decades. Design-wise, the 488 GTB remained true to the styling introduced by the 2010 458 Italia, although some body parts were heavily redesigned. Some cues from the LaFerrari and the classic 308 GTB are also visible.

The 488 GTB also represents a huge leap forward for a Ferrari entry-level supercar in terms of performance. The updated aerodynamics and drivetrain make it significantly quicker than its predecessor, and as quick as the beefed-up 2014 458 Speciale from 0 to 62 mph. The 488 is also impressively nimble on the track, lapping the Fiorano course faster than any other Ferrari but the insane 2014 LaFerrari. Impressive doesn’t even begin to cover it!

Now that Ferrari has unveiled most of the details and performance specs of 488 GTB, it’s time the supercar heads toward dealerships to replace the 458 Italia. Pricing is still a mystery, but until the actual figures roll in, Ferrari fired up the car’s online configurator for gearheads — Ferrari customers or not — to enjoy.

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How The Ferrari 488 GTB Official Video Was Made: Video

How The Ferrari 488 GTB Official Video Was Made: Video

Although a twin-turbocharged monster had been expected for some time, when Ferrari unveiled the 488 GTB it took most people by surprise. Some of the car’s sheer lunacy is evident in Ferrari’s official promotional video for the 488 GTB, which features track footage and on-road driving scenes. Ferrari seems to be so proud of that promotional footage that it recently uploaded a behind-the-scenes recording, which shows how much work was put into achieving the spectacular end-result.

Professionally controlled drones with GoPro cameras, Russian arms dangling from blacked-out, high-speed camera cars and a large number of crew members cooperated to create one of the coolest promotional videos from Ferrari, especially since it features very few CGI (Computer-Generated Images) for a 2015 product. The track footage was shot at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, while the on-road driving scenes were filmed around Saragozza and Tortosa in Northern Spain.

As a reminder, the Ferrari 458 GTB is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 with 661 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model’s name and some bits of its exterior design are a nod to Ferrari’s first mid-engine V-8 model, the 308 GTB, but the 488 GTB’s performance is very much from the future. With the 0-124 mph acceleration taking just 8.3 seconds and lapping the Fiorano track in 1:23 minutes, the 458 Italia replacement is even faster than the Enzo, which is no mean feat.

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Ferrari 488 GTB Storms Into Geneva :Video

Ferrari 488 GTB Storms Into Geneva :Video

Although it is not the first time that Ferrari introduced a twin-turbocharged V-8, probably none before it created so many waves as the engine in the 488 GTB. With 0.6 liter less displacement than the screaming 4.5-liter V-8 in its predecessor, the new twin-turbo V-8 in the 488 GTB is a downright monster from just about every angle. Yours truly is not very fond of the more muffled exhaust sound compared with the high-revving V-8 in the 458 Italia, but I can certainly appreciate the engineering behind the new powerplant.

With an output of 661 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, it is clearly an improvement in performance. It also features much improved fuel economy – which is actually the whole idea behind a turbocharged Ferrari nowadays. Even though it is turbocharged, the 3.9-liter V-8 reaches peak power at a stratospheric 8,000 rpm, while Ferrari brags that the response time to the accelerator pedal is only 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. If that isn’t impressive I don’t know what is.

Not only that, but Maranello engineers have created a different torque mapping for each of the seven gears in the transmission, so the optimal amount of power reaches the pavement when needed. The footage above will not give you any extra information about the 488 GTB or its engine, but it should be interesting to see just how many people were looking forward to the model’s launch at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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Ferrari 488 GTB Blipped By Sebastian Vettel: Video

Ferrari 488 GTB Blipped By Sebastian Vettel: Video

Essentially a reworked version of the Ferrari 458 Italia, the new 488 GTB represents a paradigm shift in the Italian carmaker’s medium- and long-term strategies, because of its powerplant. Gone is the naturally aspirated, 4.5-liter, V-8, replaced by a twin-turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8 with a lower redline and an entirely different exhaust sound.

Many hardcore enthusiasts of screaming engines that can rev to the stratosphere are likely to be disappointed by the new powerplant, but such is life when CO2 emissions legislation starts affecting design. In order to convince people that this is still an old-school, Ferrari-sounding engine, the Italian carmaker sent none other than Sebastian Vettel to drive the 488 GTB in front of the cameras at the model’s press unveil.

Unfortunately, even the continuous revving by the Ferrari Formula One driver at the beginning of the video above wasn’t enough to change my perception of the new model’s exhaust. Sure it still sounds chilling compared with your run-of-the-mill sports car, but there is no comparison with the banshee howl of a naturally aspirated 458 Italia or Speciale. On the plus side, the 661 horsepower and monstrous 561 pound-feet of torque more than make up for the tonal change, while a decrease in weight makes the 488 GTB a formidable performer compared to its predecessor.

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Ferrari 488 GTB is Here and it's Turbocharged

Ferrari 488 GTB is Here and it’s Turbocharged

It’s here folks! No speculation, no mystery, and no games; Ferrari has unveiled the successor to the 458, the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, and it is a beautiful thing! We’re still working on our full review of this gem of Italian architecture, but I am here to give you a quick rundown on what it has to offer.

Let’s start with the powerhouse behind those seats. I’m talking about a turbocharged, 3,902 cc (3.9-liter) V-8 that punishes – or rewards — depending on how you think – the tarmac with 670 CV (660 horsepower) at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm (560 pound-feet) of torque. Ferrari didn’t discuss the gearbox tying the engine to the wheels, but it did mention that it features Variable Torque Management to help deliver power smoothly across the torque band.

Speaking of power delivery, the 488 GTB will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just three seconds and continue on to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 8.3 ticks – 0.4 second and 2.5 seconds quicker than the 458, respectively. Top speed arrives at an impressive 330 km/h (205 mph). Just for good measure, Ferrari also announced that it lapped the Fiorano track in 1 minute and 23 seconds, which is 0.5 seconds faster than the 458 Speciale.

In terms of looks, the 488 GTB is clearly a descendant of the 458, with a little LaFerrari and 308 GTB tossed into the mix. The scalloped intake clearly pays homage to the latter. Around back, the 488 GTB is still clearly an evolution of the 458 Italia, and a damn fine one at that. The only clear distinctions between the two are the shapes of the diffuser and the taillight surrounds. Despite their similarities, the 488 GTB has far more efficient aerodynamics, which create as much as 50 percent more downforce than the 458.

We’ll learn more about the new 488 GTB in March 2015 at the Geneva Auto Show, so stay tuned for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB.

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