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Geneva 2015 Preview: Ferrari 488 GTB debuts as 458 successor

Geneva 2015 Preview: Ferrari 488 GTB debuts as 458 successor image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Ferrari | posted February 04, 2015 08:20

Reveals new V8 turbo under the hood

Ferrari is set to unleash a new era in its 8-cylinder history as it unveils the 488 GTB at the 2015 International Geneva Motor Show in March.  The new model is the product of technical expertise gained from years of participation in various motorsports events and through Ferrari's XX program as well.

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The new engine of the 488 GTB is a 3.9L V8 twin-turbo that unleashes 669 PS at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm.

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Backed up by these numbers, the 488 GTB accelerates from 0-200 km/h in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and, when combined with the radical innovations introduced on all aspects of the car's performance, lap the Fiorano track in just 1'23".

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The gearbox comes with Variable Torque Management that distributes the engine's torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle.

More aerodynamic than ever before, the 488 GTB comes with a 1.67 efficiency figure, setting a new record for a production Ferrari.  This model now has 50% more downforce and reduced drag.

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The Ferrari 488 GTB's subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.

The evolved version of Ferrari's side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 - SSC2) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners.  Aside from integrating with the car's F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car's dynamic behavior during complex maneuvers even flatter and more stable.

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Inside, it is clearly noticeable that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver.  There was no compromise made with regards to comfort while still maintaining the sportiness of a Ferrari.  Everything has received a major redesign including the infotainment system and the 488 GTB's keys, which takes inspiration from the car's cylinder banks, now makes keyless starts possible.