The Fer­rari 488 GTB is built for one thing – go­ing fast, says

Si­mon Pluck­rose

7 Days in Dubai - - DRIVEN - Si­

here are two types of sports car on the market. There are the ones that go fast but still of­fer mod cons that peo­ple want on the daily com­mute, such as cup hold­ers and DVD screens. And then there are those that just go fast, re­ally fast.

The Fer­rari 488 GTB is un­equiv­o­cally the lat­ter. From the con­tor­tions of the bucket seats to the throb of the 660bhp en­gine be­hind you, you get the sense the en­gi­neers at the home of the Pranc­ing Horse in Maranello built this car for one pur­pose and one pur­pose only – get­ting you from A to B in the most thrilling way pos­si­ble.

The ram­pant fe­roc­ity of the 488 GTB is re­flected in both its lean, sculp­tured body and the way it han­dles. The throt­tle re­sponse time is just 0.6 sec­onds, which means the mer­est flick of the pedal surges the car for­wards as if there is a team of wild stal­lions un­der the bon­net des­per­ate to break free.

And once they’re free, boy do they like to run. The 3.9-litre turbo en­gine will hit 100kph in just three sec­onds, while the top speed is a whop­ping 330kph.

How­ever, all this comes at a cost, and I don’t mean just the Dhs958,000 price tag. No, the cost is that this isn’t the type of sports car you can use ev­ery day.

I took the 488 GTB onto Sheikh Zayed Road a cou­ple of times and it was pretty tricky keep­ing it at bay in traf­fic, re­sult­ing in an awk­ward drive.

Also, when they built it the de­sign­ers must have as­sumed it would be the fastest thing on the road so there would be no need to look back since the rear vis­i­bil­ity is poor with lots of blindspots and tiny wing mir­rors.

In­side, the 488 GTB is equally fo­cussed on driv­ing rather than com­forts, with all the con­trols con­cen­trated around the steer­ing wheel. Dis­trac­tions are kept to a min­i­mum – no touch­screen, for ex­am­ple. All func­tions, in­clud­ing phone and sat nav, are in­stead con­trolled via a small screen next to speedome­ter. It does, though, come with a ra­dio although it seemed to have a mind of its own as ev­ery time I turned it off it would come back on when the car next started. An­other quirk is that the 488 GTB beeps when re­vers­ing. I don’t know about you but I can sense when I’m go­ing back­wards and don’t need re­mind­ing. Still, when a car looks and per­forms like the 488 GTB, you can for­give it any­thing.

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