Ferrari’s 488 GTB is meant to replace the now-legendary 458, and it wears its predecessor’s unmistakable form like a badge of honor. This time around, however, the sleek body generates 50 percent more downforce and significantly reduces aerodynamic drag. The new front double-splitter directs air to the radiator and the scalloped side intakes, while paying homage to the 308 GTB, also move air to the turbos. Yes, this Ferrari has a pair of twin-scroll, ball-bearing turbos with twin-intercoolers. The 3.9L motor is a V8 displacing 488ccs per cylinder, hence the 488 moniker. It produces a different sound than you may be used to hearing from previous prancing horses, but it is nonetheless a wonderful and exorbitant noise that propels the 488 more efficiently than its predecessor. Borrowing technology put to use in LaFerrari, the carbon-fiber brakes stop the 488 nearly 10 percent faster than the 458 as well. Times may change, technology may progress, but one thing never changes – the feeling of driving a Ferrari. That is timeless.
The first mid-engined Ferrari with a forced-induction engine since the F40 back in 1987, the 488 GTB features a new, 3.9L (3,902 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 engine called the Ferrari F154 CB. The F154 engine was previously seen in the Ferrari California T. It produces 661 hp (670 PS; 493 kW) and 561 ft·lb (761 Nm) of torque. The twin-turbochargers are ball-bearing twin-scroll ones supplemented with two air-to-air intercoolers. The 488 also uses technologies from the Ferrari LaFerrari, using improved carbon ceramic brakes.
The 488 GTB uses a seven-speed dual-clutch F1 gearbox based on the one used in the 458 Italia.
The Ferrari 488 GTB is equipped with a high-revving twin-turbocharged V8 engine, allowing it to stay in the powerband longer than most cars. The 488 GTB is considerably faster than the 458 Italia, with 0-60 mph occurring in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 226 mph (364 km/h). The 488 GTB's improved tires and brakes allow it to corner and brake better than most cars in its class, building on and improving the 458 Italia's basic performance traits.
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