Ferrari has revealed the successor to the 458
Italia with another rear mounted mid engine V8 powered car, the 488 GTB. Forty years
have passed since the first GTB came out with the Ferrari 308 GTB and now there
is a new one.
The 488 GTB will be powered by 3.9 litre
rear-mid mounted V8 with cylinders mounted at exactly 90 degrees at the crank and
charged by two turbos producing a whopping 659bhp and 760Nm of peak torque. The
top speed apparently is greater than 330kmph and a 0-100kmph time of 3 seconds
dead. The 488 GTB will do 0-200kmph in 8.3 seconds. With the engine mounted in the middle, the
weight distribution is almost 46.5pc at the front to 53.5pc at the rear. No one
ever really talks about the fuel economy of a Ferrari but since we are Indians,
we will tell you it’s 8.7 kmpl. Ferrari claims that the 488 GTB set a time
around Fiorano test track of 1 min 23 seconds. Ferrari also say that “Ferrari’s
engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the 488 GTB’s sound,
creating a new soundtrack that is full, clear and totally distinctive, as
expected from any Prancing Horse engine.”
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new
car features aerodynamic sculpted flanks with a large air intake scallop is a
nod to the original 308 GTB and is divided into two sections by a splitter. The
wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency
of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the centre two pylons are combined
with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low
tail is also designed with aerodynamic priorities, including an innovative
blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in
conjunction with a ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The
greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the
exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.
The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut
at the International Geneva Motor Show in March.
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