Ferrari’s lineup became truly turbocharged with the unveiling of the Ferrari 488 GTB coupe. Acting as a successor to the 458 Italia, the new 488 GTB pushed the automaker’s lineup into a new era of design. In the rear is a turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine that is similar to what powered the California T, but it has been revised for the 488 GTB. A drive around the Fiorano test track in the 488 GTB will be completed in 1:23, the same time as the outgoing F12berlinetta.
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The revisions made to the V8 engine were long and lengthy, but there were a few changes that should definitely be noted. For starters, engineers have added Variable Torque Management into the engine programming. This allows for a gradual and controllable release of power once the turbos spool up. The surge of power is what hurt the F40, as it made the car scary even in perfect weather. Naturally, Ferrari unveiled the 488 Spider as the counterpart to the coupe. The Italian automaker has said that the 488 Spider is the “most aerodynamically-efficient Ferrari Spider ever built.” This was made possible through several new devices, including a blown spoiler and an underbody featuring vortex generators.
2018 FERRARI 488 GTB & 488 SPIDER SPECS
Price: $245,000 (GTB), $272,700 (Spider)
Engine: 3.8-liter Twin-turbo V8
Torque: 560 lb-ft
0-60: 2.7 seconds (GTB) 2.9 seconds (Spider)
Top Speed: 205+ mph
Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch