Fer­rari’s 488 GTB – an F1 car for your garage.

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

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

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