AT A GLANCE
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