Ferrari 488 GTB breaks cover with new design and twin-turbo V8

Article by Christian A., on February 3, 2015

Ferrari has just introduced the all-new 488 GTB a.k.a. the turbocharged version of the facelifted 458 Italia. As expected, the vehicle carries a new 3902 cc V8 turbo engine (not the same 3855 cc unit that powers the California T) that produces an astonishing 670 hp at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of torque in the seventh gear.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a revised seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox derived from 458 Italia. According to Ferrari, the gearbox features a new Variable Torque management system capable to unleash the massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range.

The engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.3 seconds, while top speed is 330 km/h or 205 mph. Moreover, the 488 GTB is able to lap the Fiorano racetrack in just 1 min and 23 seconds, making it two seconds faster than the 458 Italia and only half a second faster than the 458 Speciale.

Ferrari fitted the 488 GTB with a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler at the rear.

The design is inspired by the original 308 GTB but also by the 458 Italia. Inside, the vehicle arrives with a stylish multifunctional steering wheel but also plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements such as the clear separation between the dash and tunnel, control switch bridge and wraparound seats.

Furthermore, Ferrari updated the graphics and interface of the infotainment screen, while the design of the new key is inspired from the car’s cylinder banks and allows keyless starts.

Exterior Design

With designing from the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new vehicle has very sculpted haunches, key to its personality. Its signature sizable air inlet scallop nods to the first 308 GTB, divided in two by a splitter. The broad front spoiler has a dual profile that improves the thermal effectiveness of the side radiators. At the centre, there are two pylons combined with a deflector channelling air to the even underbody.

The wide, lowered tail demonstrates streamlining solutions, such as an inventive blown spoiler that generates downforce with no increased drag. This works with a forceful slanted angle for the diffuser featuring active flaps. The increased height needed for the diffuser came through repositioned exhaust pipes. The circular LED tail lamps also boast a redesign.

Interior Design

Inside, the continuous integration of the all-new satellite control collections, angled air intakes, and instrument panel enhances the feeling that the cockpit’s tailoring focuses completely around the driver. Functionality was the main design concept, which led to an extraordinarily sporty atmosphere that does not compromise comfort in any way.

There are many traditional Ferrari style components as well, like the clearly separated dashboard and tunnel, the multi-function steering wheel, the control bridge, and wraparound seating. The infotainment graphics and interface have a completely redesigned screen, and the car’s all-new key design draws inspiration from the vehicle's cylinder banks, allowing for a keyless start.

Press Release

Ferrari 488 GTB: extreme power for extreme driving thrills

Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Its response times, nimbleness and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure.

The new berlinetta brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari's experience in both F1 and the WEC, where the 458 GT holds the World Championship title and has won its category in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX programme which makes extreme track-only cars available to gentleman test-drivers. The data yielded has made a significant contribution to the refinement of the electronic and vehicle control systems so that drivers can make the most of the incredible performance of this new car.

The Ferrari 488 GTB's new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 670 cv 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. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate 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".

The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which unleashes the engine's massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle. As is always the case, Ferrari's engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the 488 GTB's sound, creating a new soundtrack that is full, clear and totally distinctive, as expected from any Prancing Horse engine.

The car's aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50 per cent more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag. The greatest challenge was achieving these two goals simultaneously. Several innovative elements were specifically developed to do so, not least a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler. The aerodynamic underbody, which incorporates vortex generators, is highly sophisticated, too.

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 car's F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car's dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character. Its large signature air intake scallop is a nod to the original 308 GTB and is divided into two sections by a splitter. The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the centre two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an innovative blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.

In the cabin, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver. Usability was the key word in the design, leading to an extremely sporty ambience that in no way compromises on comfort. There are plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements too, such as the clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, the multifunctional steering wheel, the control switch bridge and wraparound seats. The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have also been completely redesigned while the design of the car's new key takes its inspiration from the car's cylinder banks and allows keyless starts.

The Ferrari 488 GTB made its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari 488 GTB Technical specifications

Type V8 - 90° Turbo
Overall displacement 3902 cm3
Maximum power: 492 kW (670 CV) @ 8000 rpm
Maximum torque: 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear
Length: 4568 mm
Width: 1952 mm
Height: 1213 mm
Dry weight: 1370 kg
Weight distribution: 46.5% Front - 53.5% Rear
0-100 km/h: 3.0 s
0-200 km/h: 8.3 s
Maximum speed: > 330 km/h
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 11.4 l/100 km
C02 EMISSIONS: 260 g/km

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