Everyone’s going to make a song and dance about the fact that the new Ferrari 488 GTB is turbocharged. They shouldn’t – it’s not the first time a model with the prancing horse emblem has employed forced induction. There was the F40 and more recently, the California T.
The 488 is said to be an embodiment of all the stuff Ferrari gleaned over the last decade through the XX programme, responsible for extreme track-only cars – which owners can only sample in a controlled setting chosen by Ferrari. In the process, these “gentleman test-drivers” as Ferrari calls them, impart their feedback, toward the development of future models.
The 3902cc mill kicks out 492kW and 760Nm of torque. It thrusts the car to 100km/h in just three seconds. You can go from standstill to 200km/h in 8,3 seconds. Keep going and the Ferrari will reach its top speed of 330km/h. And yet, they also claim a fuel consumption figure of 11,4l/100km.
To combat lag, Ferrari’s Variable Torque Management system purports to unleash the engine’s torque throughout the rev range. And they also seek to assure that it sounds like a proper Ferrari should, with a soundtrack described as “full, clear and totally distinctive.”
It’s an aerodynamic masterpiece, promising some 50% more downforce than the last model to wear the GTB moniker: the 599. This is thanks in part to items like a double front spoiler, “base bleed” side intakes and an underbody with vortex generators – little vanes that help slice through the air. The latest generation of Ferrari’s Side Slip Control system – which helps you go sideways in a controllable fashion – is apparently more precise and “less invasive.” The new GTB makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.