A few months back, Lamborghini unleashed the bad bull that is the Huracan LP-610 into supercar world. With its 602hp V10, and 0-60time of 3.2s, the Huracan pretty much out gunned every single one of its competitors, but most notably Ferrari. Now, since Ferrari and Lamborghini are as good of friends as Barack Obama and Donald Trump, it was be expected that Ferrari would have an answer to Lamborghini’s automotive interjection of supremacy. So being Italian, Ferrari answered to Lamborghini like all self-respecting Italians; will a baseball bat to face followed by a flurry of expletives. Lady’s and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you the brand new 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB; the next great bullfighter.
Before I go into the nitty-gritty, let us first get the numbers out of the way. The 488 is powered by a mid-mounted, 3.8-liter Twin-Turbo V8 which is producing a hefty 660hp and absolutely monstrous 560lb/ft of torque, which is touted to propel this glorious machine to 60 in a little than 3.0s. For comparison, the 488 makes around 100hp more than the OG 458, about 60hp more then the Speciale and Huracan. As for torque, the 488 pretty much destroys everything (including the big daddy F12). Oh, and all of it’s firepower is directed to the rear wheels, where it should be.
As far as looks go, I think the 488 GTB is the best looking modern Ferrari to date. 488 combines all that was good of 458 designs, with hints of LaFerrari and F12 in the front end as well as a teeny bit of the Sergio Concept in the rear. But don’t think that the styling is just for catching attention. Like all modern Ferraris, the 488 exploits the dark magic of aerodynamics to increase down force by an insane 50%! This was achieved via the addition of a “blown” spoiler, various vents, and “vortex generators”. Truly magical indeed.
Now, the 488 marks the end of the naturally aspirated Ferrari V8. Even though it’s is not the first turbo-charge V8 Ferrari produced, that honor still goes to the might F40, the 488 will get some mud thrown at it from “purist” stating that turbo-charging is the devil. While it is true that Ferrari incorporated turbo-charging to increase fuel efficiency (which they did as the 488 averages around 27mpg), one must also remember that turbo-charging was originally developed as a performance enhancing system. The increase in fuel efficiency was just a positive side effect.
I for one am truly excited for the 488. The addition of turbos bring added low-end grunt, which is something cars in this segment lack. Just from reading the press release, I can already tell that the 488 is going to be a joy of a machine to drive. And from the teaser video, it’ll sound good too.
The 2016 Ferrari 488 will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. As expect, OhSoLofty will be covering Geneva 2015 extensively. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all things Lofty.