Ferrari 488 GTB

The official promo video for the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB has been released and it provides us with our first listen to the brand new 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t have a howl to rival the naturally-aspirated Ferrari 458 Italia but it is certainly a nice sounding supercar and worthy of wearing the Prancing Horse badge.


The high-octane video showcases the latest mid-engined supercar from the Italian manufacturer speeding through mountain roads before hitting the track and getting very, very sideways. Throughout the clip, there is a key focus on the “passion”, “thrill”, “desire” and “driving emotion” provided by the Ferrari 488 GTB.

In case you didn’t know, the aforementioned 3.9-litre V8 engine 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.


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