So Ferrari unveiled their new V8 supercar, the Ferrari 488 GTB.
Here’s our stat pack…
- A 3.9-litre V8 will have two turbochargers and its 661bhp and 561lb ft stand up exceedingly well to its 562bhp/398lb ft predecessor, the Ferrari 458 Italia, and believe it or not the awesome Ferrari 599 GTO has 661bhp and 457lb ft from its 6.0-litre turbo-free V12, so you can be sure that the 488 GTB will be fast, very fast.
- 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds (identical to the stripped-out 458 Speciale)
- 0-124mph in 8.3 seconds (nearly a second quicker than the 458 Speciale).
- Top speed will be 205mph-plus.
- Fiorano test track as a performance of 1m 23s dead makes the 488 GTB half a second quicker than the Speciale, which in turn makes it two seconds quicker than both the standard 458 and the Enzo.
- The 488 GTB is 10kg lighter than the 458 Italia, and while it’s a little longer and wider, the overall resemblance its obvious.
- Its 260g/km CO2 emissions – a core reason for strapping a pair of turbos to a downsized engine – represent a 15 per cent drop over its forebear.
- Peak power arrives at 8000rpm, dizzyingly high for a forced induction engine, and a suggestion the rev limit shouldn’t be too far shy of the 458’s screaming 9000rpm. We’re also promised a soundtrack “that is full, clear and totally distinctive”.
We’ll learn more about the 488 GTB at next month’s Geneva motor show, where it will share hall space with McLaren’s 675 LT. Which is whetting your appetite most?