German tuner VOS Performance builds fiercer, more powerful Ferrari 488 GTB

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 12, 2016

The Ferrari 488 GTB was first launched on February 3, 2015 prior to its world premiere at the March 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The 488 GTB is the successor of the much-loved 458 Italia and is now the standard bearer for all things “super” in the Ferrari line-up.

This two-seat berlinetta is powered by a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 that makes a distinct sonorous sound and monstrous acceleration, making it one of the most vicious supercars that have ever set foot (or its wheels) on this planet.

The car is named after its 488 cubic centimeter per cylinder displacement (times eight, works out about 3,902 cc displacement). Even with a 0.6-liter deficiency compared to its predecessor, the 488 GTB engine is still capable of producing more power. It can reach up to 661 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. With this much power, this dual-clutch seven-speed supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.0 seconds covering a quarter-mile in 10.45 seconds. It is also estimated to have a top speed of 205 mph. The 488 GTB is surely one for the books with power and class as its best asset.

Regardless of being one of the best in the supercar line-up, one just doesn’t settle with what is on hand. What better way to perk things up than to go for an upgrade, right? You’d think there wouldn’t be anything better than a 488 GTB, but wait until you see VOS Performance’s very own version of the said supercar.

Keeping to its name “Vision of Speed”, this German tuner has been tinkering with the 488 GTB to make it an even more ferocious warrior in the supercar arena. Finishing off where Ferrari has started with the 488 GTB’s engine modification, VOS presents us with three stages for engine upgrade – stage 1 with an increased output of 750 hp, stage 2 with an 830 hp output, and the last and priciest among the stages, stage 3 offers a massive output of 900 hp; all these thanks to the optimization of engine management and installation of an adjusted air induction system.

VOS has also developed a special exhaust system that comes with a choice of custom downpipe or sport catalysts (200 cpsi). VOS also collaborated with custom sports exhausts specialist AKRAPOVIČ in the development of the custom exhaust system. We’re expecting no less than premium exhaust performance, VOS.

If you’re thinking VOS is done with upgrading the 488 GTB, then you better think again. Upgrade isn’t only limited in the interior but the exterior has also been given its share. Exterior adjustments will make use of carbon fiber. Also, the modifications will include a lowered front splitter, custom sideskirts, a rear diffusor and a customized rear wing.

The latter fabricated as a complete “mono bloc component”. Moreover, the mirror caps and air intakes will have lightweight and contrasting material finishing. Last and definitely not the least, exclusive Spanish-made 21-inch LOMA forged alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires will add extra oomph to the sides of the 488 GTB.

The VOS Performance Ferrari 488 GTB made its official world debut on the 5th of May at the Tuningworld Bodensee event.

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