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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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2021 Ferrari 488 GT Modificata

2021 Ferrari 488 GT Modificata

The Ferrari GT Modificata is a race-spec 488 GTE for customer use. But you still can’t buy it

The 2021 Ferrari 488 GT Modificata is a track-only version of the 488 GTB. A limited-edition model dedicated to customers who like to drive Ferraris on the race track, the 488 GT Modificata features technology developed for the competition-spec 488 GT3 and 488 GTE cars.

It’s basically the third race-spec model based on the 488 GTB road car, which has been replaced by the F8 Tributo in 2020. Essentially a successor to the Ferrari 488 Challenge, the 2021 488 GT Modificata will initially be offered to customers who in recent years have participated in Competizioni GT and Club Competizioni GT events. How fast is it and what sets it apart? Find out in our review.

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2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO

2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO

Ferrari revives our inner detective with latest update of its GT3 racer

You may not know it upon first glance, but this is the new-for-2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo. Yes, Ferrari decided against building a GT3-spec F8 Tributo, and instead, Michelotto was tasked with updating the 488 GT3.Over 18,000 hours of calculations and CFD simulations went into it, and it now has a longer wheelbase following in the footsteps of the GTE car. Power stays at about 500-550 horsepower as per GT3 regulations, but the car will now be faster in the corners and more stable. Ferrari was also thoughtful enough to include an ’Endurance’ package that works hand in hand with the new ECU, supposedly making the car more reliable and smoother.

Look across Ferrari’s fence and into Mercedes-AMG’s yard, and you’ll see the comprehensively updated AMG GT-based GT3 car. You can’t miss that humongous, viperfish-like grille in the front in much the same way you can’t overlook the overhauled Porsche 911 GT3.R. That one, while still an offspring of the 991 generation, is a different beast from the original unveiled in 2015. But Ferrari isn’t one to bankroll a new racing car that easily. So, Ferrari Corse Clienti customers will have to make do with this. It should be good since Russian squad SMP Racing almost won the European Blancpain Endurance Cup this year with the old car, but just how well will it measure up against its competition?

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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