In-Depth: Ferrari 488 GTB
Ferrari is a brand known for creating some of the most recognizable supercars on the road, if you’re lucky enough to see one, anyway. The Ferrari 488 GTB replaces the 458 Italia and is a sleek and aggressive supercar to say the least. Often pictured as an aerodynamic demon in sporty red paint, it’s more than just a pretty trinket to fill out your garage.
Under the hood, the Ferrari 488 GTB packs more horsepower than many drivers can handle. Technicians attend to every detail to ensure maximum quality, effectively creating an award-winning car inside and out. Let’s take a look at what makes the 488 GTB one of the most recognizable models in the Ferrari lineup and why it’s received praise from the industry as a whole.
First impressions can make or break a relationship, and the Ferrari 488 GTB makes one hell of an impression. Although most imagine a Ferrari with a red paintjob, the 488 GTB is available in 26 different colors, a neat selection of rim choices, and much, much more.
The large sculpted flanks are widely pronounced while the divided intake scallop provides a nostalgic throwback to the 308 GTB. The front of the car’s character sits largely with the dual grille opening which functions to cool the two radiators. That’s not to mention the double front spoiler.
Two side channels serve the dual purpose of providing a sporty look and channeling air into two well-hidden vents within the bumper. The rear end is nearly overtaken by the spoiler and large air vents, both of which improve the 488 GTB’s aerodynamics.
Up close, the Ferrari 488 GTB’s paint is both deep and glossy thanks to a triple-layer formulation that suspends millions of micro-particles within the paint.
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The 488 GTB’s interior is nearly as customizable as the exterior. Available in more than a dozen colors, various stitching options, and with customizable carpets, not to mention the seats, doors, cockpit, and accessories, this supercar is designed for personalization at every turn.
The cabin itself is designed for the ultimate sporty feel without sacrificing the comfort of the occupants. As a result, the cockpit itself is tailored to the driver’s needs. The steering wheel is host to several commands while satellite pods angled towards the driver carry the bulk of the controls.
A new compact dashboard features sporty air vents inspired by military jet air intakes. The entirety of the interior is handcrafted from the finest materials, resulting in a sporty, elegant feel. Functional space is a key component of the 488 GTB’s interior, making it more than just a luxury supercar. Various compartments provide more than enough storage space while the new door panels provide easy-to-reach buttons and an armrest.
As for technology, it isn’t all under the hood. The Ferrari 488 GTB features the new Sport infotainment system that gives immediate access to most functions and provides an easy-to-use navigation system. Not only that, the 488 GTB features keyless start for the first time.
Under the Hood
This is the part every enthusiast has been waiting for: what makes this supercar roar?
Under the hood is a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that comes in with a heart-pounding 661 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a dual-clutch seven speed transmission, the Ferrari 488 GTB pointedly reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in just three seconds and launches to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 8.3 seconds. With a top speed of 205 mph, “fast” is the Ferrari 488 GTB’s middle name. Boasting power output and command response times of just 0.8 and 0.06 seconds respectively, the 488 GTB comes in at the top of its class.
Just in case you’re curious, this supercar earns an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg hwy.
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As you’ve probably guessed, that attention to detail and incredible powertrain has earned the Ferrari 488 GTB quite a few awards. Here’s a quick list.
- Best Supercar 2016 from The Sunday Times (United Kingdom)
- China Performance Car of the Year from Media of China (China)
- Best Luxury Super Sports Car at the 2015 EXCS International Luxury Motor Show (held in Saudi Arabia)
- Golden Steering Wheel Award from Auto Bild (Poland)
- The Middle East Car of the Year – Supercar Category from Raffles Dubai (India)
Coming in with a price tag of nearly $243,000, the Ferrari 488 GTB is worth every penny.
Ferrari 488 Spider
The Ferrari 488 GTB’s convertible sibling comes in the form of the Ferrari 488 Spider, just like the model it replaces. Boasting the same powertrain and overall design, the two cars are very much alike. The primary difference is the Ferrari 488 Spider’s retractable folding hardtop which adds 110 pounds to the supercar’s total weight. With a folding time of 14 seconds, the 488 Spider convertible comes with a $275,000 price tag.
Joseph Pudlewski is somewhat of a writer and editor living in the village of Anna, Ohio. A graduate of Wright State University, he holds a B.A. in English and enjoys reading anything by Jules Verne. A third generation American, he chose to forego joining the Air Force, unlike his father and grandfather before him. He would much rather keep his feet on the ground, hence his interest in the automotive industry, although he has no fear of flying. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.