The Ferrari 488 GTB Shines at Geneva Motor Show
Lots of automotive powerhouses were unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year, but the Ferrari 488 GTB stands out from the crowd. As Ferrari joins the turbocharger craze with its replacement for the impressive 458, this newest model packs a loaded punch in a small package. The turbo 3.9L V8 engine beneath the fashionable hood isn’t as big as the 4.5L engine in its predecessor, but it still performs like a champ as it puts out a massive 660 hp and 560 lb-ft in torque. This impressive amount of torque outshines even the McLaren 675LT, Lamborghini Huracan, and Audi R8 V10 Plus.
Ferrari didn’t just pour all of its efforts into the 488 GTB’s power, however; there are plenty of new features to make its handling first-rate on the track or open road. Thanks to its unique proprietary solutions, the Ferrari 488 GTB has engine and response times that pack a lot of wow factor at 0.8 and 0.06 seconds respectively. There are also new dynamic vehicle controls that are designed to make the driving experience as outstanding and luxurious as possible – even for drivers with little interest or ability in racing. This is largely thanks to the inclusion of the new Side Slip Control System (SSCS2) that integrates the F-1 Trac and E-Diff and controls the active dampers.
As with any of the brand’s supercars, the attention to detail on the exterior is equally mind-blowing. The body style embraces vintage elements from Ferrari’s proud history, such as scalloped flanks like on the 308 GTB. There are also plenty of new elements in the sculptural form that draw attention to its sporting nature while maintaining the clean lines for which the brand is known. As with previous models, the exterior is an extension of the Ferrari 488 GTB’s performance, as it is more aerodynamic than ever to help satisfy the need for speed of those who slide behind its wheel.