How does 777 horsepower sound to you?

The Ferrari 488 GTS is a saucy piece of machinery that makes even the most hardened of men tremble in breathless anticipation. In a lot of ways, it qualifies as a dream car, the kind that ends up as bedroom posters all over the world. But what if there was a way to make the 488 GTS better than it already is? As we’ve seen over and over again, anything is possible when you have an aftermarket company that knows what it’s doing. Good thing then that Wheelsandmore fits that mold because we don’t need to be convinced about its new program for the 488 GTS. We already know that it’s going to be good, and if others need convincing, all they need to hear is 777 horsepower’s worth of fun and fury.

That, in a nutshell, is what the German tuner is offering, hence the appropriately named “Triple Seven” program. It’s a typical Wheelsandmore tuning project though so there are some holes in it, not the least of which is the lack of any meaningful aerodynamic and interior upgrades to the drop-top Prancing Horse. Never mind those though because we’ve come to expect that from the tuner. What we do know is that when it comes to engine tunes and proper wheels, there aren’t that many tuners out there that are on the level of Wheelsandmore. It’s got a litany of previous programs to make its case and this one for the 488 GTS is the latest example of that.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Ferrari 488 GTS Triple Seven by Wheelsandmore

  • 2017 Ferrari 488 GTS Triple-Seven by Wheelsandmore
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    766
  • Torque @ RPM:
    660
  • Displacement:
    3.9 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    203 mph (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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We’re going to breeze through these first two sections because Wheelsandmore has shown about as much interest in building aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades on its programs as Ferrari is in admitting that the Stelvio is actually a Ferrari wearing an Alfa Romeo badge. Fortunately, we’re not left completely wanting in this section because the tuner does offer a good number of choices as far as wheels are concerned. The best choice in this case is a set of 21-inch, matte black F.I.W.E. wheels, but the tuner is also offering a set of its classic 6Sporz² wheels that can also be available as 22s. The choice of wheels are complemented by high-performance Michelin tires measuring 255/30/21 in the front and 325/25/21 at the back, and as is always the case with the tuner, customers are given free reign to customize the color and surface of whatever wheel option they end up availing.

For those who want some aero bits, Novitec Rosso has them in spades

As popular as Wheelsandmore is among supercar owners looking for some aftermarket love for their exotics, it’s far from the only tuner that’s capable of giving the Ferrari 488 GTS the attention it deserves. One other tuner that stake this claim is Novitec Rosso and the tuner proved as much when it presented its program for the 488 GTS back in August 2016 that included a carbon fiber body kit that Novitec described at that time as having gone through “laborious wind tunnel testing.” The kit ended up including a larger front splitter, rocker panels, rear diffuser, and a choice between two spoilers. Carbon fiber trim pieces were also included, and like Wheelsandmore, a choice of either 21- or 22-inch forged alloy wheels.

2017 Ferrari 488 GTS Triple-Seven by Wheelsandmore High Resolution Exterior
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2017 Ferrari 488 GTS Triple-Seven by Wheelsandmore High Resolution Exterior
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note: photo of the Ferrari 488 GTS by Wheelsandmore

Going the personalization route is another good option

Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization division has proven its worth with some of the most incredible personalized creations in the past. It’s done some work on recent Ferraris like the California T and the 488 GTS’ coupe sibling, the 488 GTB. One model of the latter, in particular, was customized as a one-off that carried a design inspired by the Ferrari 308 308 Gr3 Pioneer, the same car driven by two-time Tour de France Auto winner Jean Claude Andruet. Further proof of Tailor Made’s ability as a personalization division are the 70 liveries it created to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, all of which are available to the 488 GTS.

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made High Resolution Exterior
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Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary Exterior High Resolution
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note: side-by-side photo of the Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made and one of the “70th anniversary” liveries featured on the Ferrari 488 GTS.

Interior

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Note: standard Ferrari 488 GTS pictured here.

It might be a good idea to skip this section entirely since the extent of Wheelsandmore’s aftermarket program for the interior of the 488 GTS consists largely of, well, nothing. The stock interior configuration of the supercar is retained in all its glory, including the two-tone dashboard, sports seats, and the three-spoke steering wheel. The good news here is that Ferrari already dressed up the cabin with splashes of bespoke materials so even by simply keeping the cabin in standard guise, owners are getting exactly what they paid for.

There are other aftermarket ways to get upgrades

Should the “standard guise” be insufficient for a discerning 488 GTS owner, the previously mentioned Novitec Rosso program is here to the rescue. There’s not much to go by, but at least there’s something there to consider as the tuner’s interior upgrade program is made up mainly of a gamut of premium materials, including leather, Alcantara, and of course, carbon fiber. Potential customers do have the freedom to customize the cabin of their Ferraris by choosing anything from the aforementioned materials.

Tailor Made is once again to the rescue

By far the best option when it comes to interior dress ups for the Ferrari 488 GTS is Tailor Made. Just like its capability to personalize the exterior of a 488 GTS, it’s proven to be just as adept in doing the same to the supercar’s interior. Care for an example? Here’s a good one that Tailor Made did to the Ferrari California T last year. There are generous helpings of Alcantara and matt black carbon fiber trim in there. The red, white, and blue racing stripes on the steering wheel is another notable feature of that creation, as are the contrast red stitching, the black aluminum footwells, and believe it or not, bullet proof carpets and floor mats, for whatever their worth.

Drivetrain

2017 Ferrari 488 GTS Triple-Seven by Wheelsandmore High Resolution Exterior
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This is where potential customers will get their money’s worth on the tuner’s Triple Seven program. At the core of the engine upgrade program is Wheelsandmore’s Stage III performance upgrade, which consists of a software tune on the supercar’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, and a number of upgraded components, including an exhaust system with valve flaps, catalytic replacement tubes, an F1 airfilter kit, and heat protection covers. The effect of all that tweaking is an output of 777PS, which computes to about 766 horsepower to go with 660 pound-feet of torque. In other words, Wheelsandmore is capable of giving the 488 GTS output numbers that come close to the 780 ponies sitting inside the Ferrari F12Berlinetta.

With 766 ponies and 660 pound-feet of twist on tap, the Wheelsandmore-tuned 488 GTS not only has 105 horsepower and 99 pound-feet of torque more than the stock model, it should be able to clear 60 mph from a standstill position in under three seconds (the standard 488 GTS can cover the same ground in three seconds dead) before peaking at a top speed north of 203 mph, which so happens to be the max speed of the “regular” model.

If those numbers are a little too extreme for a customer’s liking, the tuner is also offering Stage 1 and Stage II kits for the 488 GTS. The Stage I kit brings the supercar’s output up to 710 horsepower (720 PS) and 620 pound-feet of torque while the Stage II kit offers a little more power at 730 horsepower (740 PS) and 645 pound-feet of torque.

For what it’s worth, the Triple Seven program is also compatible to the 488 GTB.

The power gains achieved by Wheelsandmore lines up well when compared to what Novitec Rosso was able to achieve with its own engine upgrade program. The two tuners followed a similar software-centric upgrade with Novitec using its own N-Tronic electronic control unit to get the job done. The result of that upgrade is an output reaching 772 horsepower and 658 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel the 466 GTS from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds before peaking at a top sped of 212 mph, seven mph higher than the standard model.

So there you have it. Two renowned Ferrari tuners presenting largely similar engine upgrade programs for the Ferrari 488 GTS. Choosing between the two ultimately ends up being a matter of preference, so to make things a little bit easier, check out the prepared table to see how the two kits line up against each other.

Model/Tuner Horsepower Torque 0 to 60 MPH Time Top Speed
Ferrari 488 GTS Triple Seven by Wheelsandmore 766 horsepower 660 pound-feet of torque 2.8 seconds* 210 mph*
Ferrari 488 GTS by Novitec Rosso 772 horsepower 658 pound-feet of torque 2.8 seconds 212 mph

Pricing

The cost of availing Wheelsandmore’s Triple Seven program doesn’t come cheap. The Stage I kit, for example, is priced at € 3,360, which converts to $3,660 based on current exchange rates. Customers will have to pay a lot more though to get the Stage II and III kits as both kits are priced at €10,083, or just under $10,100. Likewise, a complete set of wheels add up to €10,075 on its own, which converts to another payment of $10,100. Extra costs attributed to the suspension and exhaust add another €6,000 ($6,500) to the total, bringing the full price of the kit to as much as €26,000. That computes to about $28,400.

Competition

Ferrari 488 GTB by Alpha-N Performance

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By Alpha-N Performance High Resolution Exterior
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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By Alpha-N Performance High Resolution Exterior
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Besides Novitec Rosso, most of the upgrades developed for the Ferrari 488 are for the GTB coupe variant. There are a lot of them out on the market now and one of them comes from Alpha-N Performance. Like Wheelsandmore, Alpha-N’s program for the 488 GTB largely revolves around its engine upgrade, which is made up of the tuner’s self-developed EVOX performance ECU tune. The results of using this program helps the Ferrari achieve an output of 790 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. That’s god enough to get the supercar to burst out of the gate and hit 60 mph in under three seconds before reaching a top speed of around 215 mph.

Read the full review here.

Ferrari 488 GTB by xXx Performance

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By xXx Performance
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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB By xXx Performance
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Another Ferrari 488 GTB program comes by way of xXx Performance, which brings out one of the most powerful engine tunes for the Ferrari. The multi-stage kit starts with a Stage 1 feature that pumps out 750 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque out of that twin-turbo V-8. From there, things get better for those who avail of xXx Performance’s Stage 2 kit. This upgrade pushes the supercar’s output to an astounding 850 horsepower and 686 pound-feet of torque. Suffice to say, if power’s the name of the game, this program provides the highest potential of any programs we’ve seen for the Ferrari 488 so far.

Read the full review here.

Conclusion

2017 Ferrari 488 GTS Triple-Seven by Wheelsandmore High Resolution Exterior
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As far as name goes, Wheelsandmore is arguably one of the best in the supercar tuning business. Its Triple Seven kit for the 488 GTS provides a wide range of power and performance benefits that a car like this deserves. Don’t expect anything as far as exterior and interior upgrades go, but if your expectations are in line with what the tuner can offer, you won’t regret getting this kit set up on your Ferrari 488 GTS.

  • Leave it
    • * Incomplete in the traditional sense of an all-encompassing engine tune
    • * Plenty of competition
    • * The Ferrari 488 GTS is good enough in its own right
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