New Ferrari 488 GTB with a new V8 turbo revealed ahead of Geneva debut

Ferrari has unveiled the long waited replacement for the 458 Italia called 488 GTB, with GTB standing for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.

The 488 GTB is visually very similar to the 458 Italia, featuring very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character, the 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. The broad, low tail features innovative blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. The exhaust tailpipes are repositioned and the circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.

Your first impression might be that it is just a 458 Italia facelift, but there are big changes under the skin making it clearly more than a visual facelift.

With the 488 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history.

Powered by a 661bhp 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 with 560 lb-ft of torque, replacing the naturally-aspirated V8, the new unit packs 64bhp more than the extreme 58 Speciale. The torque is up by an impressive 162 lb-ft. It is the first time Ferrari is using a turbo in mid-engined V8 configuration since the F40 supercar.

0-62mph comes in 3 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.3 seconds and the top speed is over 205mph. Fiorano lap time is 1 minute and 23 seconds, making it two seconds faster than the 458 Italia and half a second faster than the Speciale.

Other goodies include revised Side Slip Control 2 (SSC2) system, F1-Trac and E-Diff systems, new control clusters, air vents, instrument panel and infotainment system.

The new Ferrari 488 GTB will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The Spider version is expected to follow later this year likely already at the Frankfurt show in September.

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB interior 2

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB interior

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB side

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB rear

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB top rear

 

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB front

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB top

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB front side

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB engine


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