Back in 2009, the Ferrari 458 Italia made its debut to the supercar world packing a slim beautiful design and some F1 technology performance, nothing short of spectacular back then. The tides have changed, and other manufacturers woke up, with recent additions like the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 and the McLaren 650S causing a severe drop in the appeal of the 458 Italia – Something must be done, Fiat owned Ferrari is determined to keep pace.
Hence, we get the Ferrari 488 GTB to act as the successor of the 458 Italia (It isn’t anything but a midcycle refresh) with exactly the same mid-engine layout, the GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) prances around with that screaming V8.
Wait, did I hear that right? Ferrari is going to give the 488 GTB a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which is the first time they have done such a thing in their mid-engined supercars. The twin-turbo V8 engine used in the 488 GTB is a first, and it isn’t used in any of Fiat Chrysler’s cars, including the Ferrari California’s Turbocharged engine.
The prancing horse is powered by a 3.9 Liter twin-turbo Eight cylinder engine that puts out 660 hp at 8,000 rpms and 560 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpms which means this monster packs power early in the rev range. The Ferrari 488 GTB is 63hp stronger than the outgoing 458 and much torquier and responsive throughout the rev range.
The dirty deed aka 0-62 mph or 0-100 Km/h is done in just 3.0 seconds, which is almost 0.5 seconds slower than the monstrous Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 2.5 seconds time, but also 0.5 of a second faster than the 458 Speciale.
The Italian thoroughbred is expected to make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March 3.