Last month, reports surfaced that a more high-peformance Ferrari 488 would soon be making its debut this year as a successor to the 458 Speciale. That report was later confirmed when an image of the high-performance 488 leaked online during a private viewing event. Now, the Maranello-based supercar manufacturer has decided to officially reveal the hardcore 488, dubbed the Pista.
Pista being Italian for the word 'track', it is easy to see why Ferrari has chosen the name to grace the vehicle. Essentially, the 488 Pista is a more lightweight and much more powerful variant of the 488 GTB. To be exact, the 488 Pista weighs 90 kg less than the standard 488, weighing in only at 1,280 kg; that is considering all the optional lightweight parts have been added.
Aside from losing weight, Ferrari also decided to pump up the power. The 3.9-liter biturbo V8 now pushes out 711 PS and 770 Nm of torque, which is a 50 PS and 10 Nm increase from the GTB. Combined with the diet, Ferrari claims the Pista can now do 0-100km/h in just 2.85 seconds and 0-200km/h in only 7.6 seconds. Flat out, the 488 Pista can do 340km/h. To compare, the 488 GTB takes 3 seconds to reach 100km/h and has a top speed of 'only' 330km/h.
In order to make the 488 Pista handle better on the road and on track, Ferrari engineers took inspiration from the 488 GTE and 488 Challenge race cars during development of the bodywork. Thanks to the new aerodynamics, the Pista is said to have 20-percent more downforce, compared to the GTB. That said, it has also given it a more aggressive look with larger intake vents coupled with an aggressive rear diffuser.
The Ferrari 488 Pista will be shown in the metal once the Geneva Motor Show opens this March.