THE FER­RARI 488 GTB

GQ (Australia) - - CARS -

Su­per­cars were al­ready fairly alarm­ing ma­chines be­fore the 488 ar­rived, but it has taken out­ra­geous per­for­mance to its lim­its. The F1-trained en­gi­neers at Fer­rari have some­how ex­tracted 492kw and 760Nm from a V8 en­gine of just 3.9 litres, which is like train­ing a four-year-old to hit as hard as Mike Tyson. The not in­con­se­quen­tially beau­ti­ful look­ing 488 can ex­plode from zero to 100km/h in three sec­onds flat, but it’s the zero to 200 time of 8.3 sec­onds that re­ally re­ar­ranges time and space, and makes it bor­der­line un­safe to drive on pub­lic roads. For­tu­nately, a host of clever elec­tronic giz­mos keep the rub­ber planted to the road and driv­ing it is ac­tu­ally al­most easy, as long as you haven’t blacked out from the g-forces it cre­ates around cor­ners. Pre­dictably, it’s not cheap, at a start­ing price of $469,888. Throw in a few nec­es­sary options, like $21,739 paint and $10,500 wheels, and the car we drove quickly hit a grand to­tal of $625,278. Whoa. fer­arri.com

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