The Ferrari 488 GTB has made
its entry into Northern India with the sports car being unveiled in New Delhi
at at Ferrari's New Delhi Dealership - Select Cars. Forty years from the
original launch of Ferrari’s iconic first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 Berlinetta,
the 308, the 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this
particular architecture as the 488 GTB has set a new benchmark for the sports
car sector globally. The car is priced at Rs 3.88 crore (ex showroom Delhi)
The 488 in the car’s moniker
indicates the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran
Turismo Berlinetta, a reference to its deep roots in Ferrari history.
Powered by a V8 3902 cc
engine, it delivers a maximum power of 660 bhp @ 8000rpm and a peak torque of 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear. With a length of
4568 mm, a width of 1952 mm and a height of 1213 mm, the car has a dry weight of 1370 kg,
with a weight distribution of 46.5pc in Front and 53.5pc in Rear. The car does
a 0-100 kmph in a mere 3.0 seconds and a 0 -200 kmph in 8.3 seconds. It does a
maximum speed of 330 kmph. Fuel consumption is around 11.4 litres per 100 km.
In short, it means the car gives 8.7 km per litre of fuel (With 98 RON petrol).
The extreme power required by
the car is delivered by the new 3902 cc turbo engine which is coupled with a
seven-gear F1 dual-clutch gearbox featuring Variable Boost Management which
optimally distributes torque (a maximum 750 Nm in seventh gear).
Designed by the Ferrari Styling
Centre, the 488 GTB’s sculptural forms are completely new. They accentuate the
car’s sportiness yet retain the classically clean, pure lines typical of
Ferrari’s legendary styling. The seamless interweaving of form and function is
clear in every detail, in fact. Certain design elements are also obvious nods
to the past, not least the 308 GTB-inspired styling of the flanks.
The 488 GTB guarantees
exuberant performance that is absolutely exploitable to the fullest regardless
of driving conditions and is accompanied by a deep, seductive soundtrack, the
signature of all Ferrari engines.
The 488 GTB’s revolutionary
aerodynamics incorporate patented solutions, such as the blown rear spoiler, as
well as innovative features like the 458 GT-derived aerodynamic underbody with
vortex generators. The result is a new
efficiency record for a Ferrari (E=1.67). Downforce increases to 325 kg at 250
km/h, thanks in part to active aerodynamic devices which reduce drag whilst
simultaneously generating downforce when required.
The 488 GTB’s dynamic vehicle
controls have also been further evolved. It sports a new version of the Side
Slip Control System (SSC2) which, aside from just integrating with the car’s
F1-Trac and E-Diff, now also controls the active dampers. This renders the 488
GTB’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable,
so that less expert drivers can enjoy its potential to the fullest, resulting
in an astonishingly engaging driving experience.
Speaking about the new
entrant, Yadur Kapur, Director, Select Cars Pvt. Ltd. noted, “We are delighted
to launch the Ferrari 488 GTB in New Delhi. We have many loyal Ferrari owners
and fans in Northern India and this new launch allows us to bring them a
fantastic new model in our market. We are confident that we will continue to
create more value for our ever-increasing customer base with an unprecedented
Ferrari drew extensively too on its experience
in both Formula One and endurance racing, bringing to the road the technology
that delivered victory in two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the title
in the WEC (World Endurance Championship).
Also pivotal was the XX programme in which Ferrari’s technicians have
developed a unique knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of extreme cars driven by
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