| THE NEW STEED
Ferrari’s 488 GTB – an F1 car for your garage.
One of the unexpected joys of driving a Ferrari is how easy it is to terrify whoever’s in the passenger seat – the air pummelled out of them by the ferocity of the acceleration, left only to squeak swear words and entreaties for mercy. It’s particularly evident when offering rides in the Prancing Horse’s new 488 GTB. Offcially one of the fastest road-legal vehicles available, this 458 replacement makes massive leaps thanks to the addition of a turbocharger to its 3.9-litre V8, producing a whomping 493kw and 760Nm. While the 458 could push your lunch into your shoes with a 0-200km/h of 10.4 seconds, the 488 GTB liquefes bowels in just 8.3 (half a second faster than a V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador). As for the more mortal 0-100km/h fgure – try three seconds fat, minutely shy of what an F1 car pulls. This Ferrari is so fast it hurts – and not just to the muscles that allow grinning. The G-forces that pull around and launch the car out of corners will have both driver and passenger weeping. Helpfully, the 488 has a ‘Passenger Display’, allowing a co-pilot to be more involved in what the driver’s doing, by alerting them to what gear the car’s in, the revs and top speeds being reached. The sole downside of this turbo-terrifcness is it costs a little Ferrari magic – even if the marque’s engineers claim to have kept the famous, naturally aspirated howl, described as ‘sharp, loud and unmistakable’. Despite the claims, GQ found that while the new model growls beautifully at lower revs, the strident screaming of the past has been stifed by the now, turbo lungs. And while purists will argue and argue over it, the rest of us can see that the trade off is, in fact, worth it – allowing Ferrari to take its engine’s power delivery to places not even 458-owners would have believed possible. All this, as well as a new and improved aero package that may have knocked a tiny bit off its beauty factor, can be yours for less than ever – the 488 GTB hitting the market for $50,000 cheaper than expected. Snap up one for $469,888, then start offering people rides. Order now for a 2017 delivery; ferrari.com