Ferrari 488 GTB Spider

Well that didn’t take long. Just a matter of hours after the 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB was released, the brand new mid-engined Ferrari supercar has been rendered in Spider guise. While it remains unclear when the 488 GTB Spider will arrive, it is expected to be released in a couple of years.

Ferrari 488 GTB rear2

Powering the just-revealed 488 GTB coupe is a twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine which is significantly more powerful than the naturally-aspirated 4.5-litre V8 used by the outgoing Ferrari 458 Italia. As a matter of fact, the Ferrari 488 GTB delivers 660 hp at 8000 rpm as well as 560 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. Incredibly, torque from this engine is also higher than the 509 lb-ft of the 6.0-litre V12 found in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

Mated to the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 is a tweaked variant of the 458 Italia’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels. The gear ratios have been modified to improve acceleration throughout the rev range. When it is all said and done, the Ferrari 488 GTB will sprint to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat, 200 km/h in a mere 8.4 seconds as well as a 334 km/h (208 mph) top speed. Those figures are almost identical to the 642 hp McLaren 650S which hits 100 km/h in the same time, 200 km/h in 8.5 seconds and a 333 km/h (207 mph) top speed.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Good gawd. The days of Ferrari being an art form are dead. Just brutal, brutal performance and to hell with everything else. Note the lack of Pininfarina’s badge on the haunches. 308GTB (or 288GTO given the cash) for ever…

  2. Good gawd. The days of Ferrari being an art form are dead. Just brutal, brutal performance and to hell with everything else. Note the lack of Pininfarina’s badge on the haunches. 308GTB (or 288GTO given the cash) for ever…

  3. I really think that if Enzo were alive now, he’d want to dispense with the ‘Ferrari’ tag, and just give the current cars upmarket ‘Fiat’ badges.

  4. I really think that if Enzo were alive now, he’d want to dispense with the ‘Ferrari’ tag, and just give the current cars upmarket ‘Fiat’ badges.

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