It is Ferrari’s most powerful V-8 to date.
Ferrari’s new 488 Pista will make its debut at the Geneva International Motor show in March. The new car joins Ferrari’s bloodline of V-8-powered, road-going track missiles, where names like 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale are etched in Maranello stone.
At next month’s Geneva International Motor Show, Ferrari will officially unveil a car set to eclipse every performance and handling element of this hallowed trio, the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista.
Named after the Italian word for ‘track’, the 488 Pista takes the road-going 488 GTB and cranks the performance higher. That includes tuning the GTB’s turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 engine to deliver a remarkable 710 hp at 8,000 rpm (50 hp more than in the GTB), making it the most-powerful Ferrari V-8 ever. Ferrari claims that the car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 2.85 seconds while on its way to 211 mph. In comparison, the GTB tackles zero to 62 mph in 3 seconds and tops out at 205 mph.
In addition to being more powerful, the 488 Pista is considerably lighter. The use of carbon fiber for the bumpers, rear wing, and engine cover, together with titanium connecting rods, a lighter crankshaft and flywheel, and nickel-chromium Inconel exhaust manifolds help the 488 Pista tip the scales at just 2,821 pounds, down from the GTB’s 3,020-pound dry weight.
Ferrari says that one of its main objectives with this new Pista was to make the car easier for non-pro drivers to control at the limit. In addition to the usual F1-Trac traction control system, electronic differential, and adaptive suspension, there is a new technology called FDE, short for Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. This uses advanced computer software to fine-tune brake pressure at the calipers.
The 488 Pista will come with a price tag in the range of N108, 000, 000.00 ($300,000).