Boosted Ferrari 488 GTB Unveiled

Boosted Ferrari 488 GTB Unveiled

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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