The new 488 GTB represents the essence of newgeneration Ferrari. For a long time, the Italian supercar marque was inextricably linked with front-engined V12 models. But in 1975, Ferrari unveiled the 308 GTB, a midengined V8 which opened up a whole new bloodline. The 488 GTB is the latest member of that family and the newest model in the Ferrari stable. It celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 308 by following its example – embracing change and taking the marque forward in a bold new way. The 488 combines a mid-engined V8 layout with turbocharging, enabling it to offer benchmark performance while maintaining high efficiency and relatively emissions. The 3.9-litre V8 turbo makes 493kw/760nm and can propel the car to 200km/h in 8.3 seconds. A system called Variable Torque Management ensures smooth delivery of power at all engine speeds, with a throttle response time of less than 0.8 seconds. In fact, Ferrari claims the 488 is the most responsive production car in the world, from its sharp powertrain to its chassis systems. The car uses an evolved version of the maker’s Slide Slip Control (SSC2), which assists the driver in creating dramatic drift angles out of corners. The SSC2 system is integrated with the car’s F1-trac and E-diff traction and differential control technology, as well as the active dampers. The 488 was designed at the Ferrari Styling Centre. Its curvaceous flanks include a large air-intake scallop – an homage to the signature styling cue of the original 308.