488 GTB

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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.

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