The 488 GTB is a revolutionary car in Ferrari’s lineup, not just it is such an accomplished sports car and blisteringly-fast precision driving tool, but because it has profound historical significance for the brand. This model is the first turbocharged Ferrari since the legendary F40 and a clear sign that this iconic company has accepted turbo technology for all its cars. From a fan perspective, turbocharging means more power, more excitement, and more speed.
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The heart of this Italian beast is a 3.9-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine with internal code F154. The displacement of one cylinder is exactly 488 ccm, hence the name of the model. With 661 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, this is an extremely powerful yet compact unit that can rev up to 8,000 rpm, astonishing for the turbocharged motor. The performance figures are equally impressive, and 488 GTB can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds flat and top 224 mph.
When you unleash this sports car on the track, the most fantastic aspect is not the sheer speed but the perfect balance of the package, absence of turbo lag, and linear powerband controlled by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 488 GTB’s direct steering, neutral handling, and stability even at the highest speeds are the result of the company’s enormous racing expertise and countless hours of track testing and fine-tuning.