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