The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige - RICHARD BLACK­BURN CARSGUIDE EDITOR

AS THE L-plated Prius in front me­an­ders up to a stop sign, I be­gin to won­der — out loud — about the wis­dom of test­ing an Ital­ian supercar in the middle of a big city.

It feels a lit­tle like walk­ing a chee­tah on a leash, or rid­ing dres­sage on Black Caviar.

The lat­est Maranello mas­ter­piece, the Fer­rari 488GTB, has just ar­rived in Aus­tralia and Carsguide is first to snaf­fle the keys. We’d rather have driven it straight to a race­track — prefer­ably one with kilo­me­tre-long straights and flow­ing high-speed cor­ners — but it doesn’t pay to look a gift horse in the mouth, es­pe­cially a pranc­ing one.

In the metal, the 488 is a hand­some beast in­deed, from the mil­lime­tres-off-the-ground front end with its mas­sive air FER­RARI 488 GTB PRICE $469,988 SER­VICE IN­TER­VALS 12 months. Free for the first seven years. EN­GINE 3.9-litre V8 twin­turbo, 492kW/740Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 7-speed dual-clutch auto; RWD THIRST 11.4L/100km WEIGHT 1475kg 0-100KM/H 3.0 secs TOP SPEED 330km/h

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