Ferrari launches 488 GTB supercar in London

Article by Christian A., on April 24, 2015

Ferrari’s 488 GTB was unveiled during an exclusive event with almost a thousand guests attending. This is Ferrari’s latest supercar that has the V8 mid-engine. A number of high profile guests like Donna Air, Jade Parfitt, Mary Charteris, Made in Chelsea stars, and even singer-songwriter John Newman, attended the launching. The different VIPs present were joined by selected press and members of the brand’s highly exclusive client list in a red themed soiree held at Old Sorting Office, Holborn.

The highlight of the evening of course was the eventual unveiling of the 488 GTB. Before the unveiling, the guests were made to sit in a track style grandstand and spoiled with amazing performances. They also saw exclusive video footage of the 488 GTB and even a 3D laser map of the model. The 488 GTB was then unveiled.

Regional Manager for Ferrari North Europe Francesco Balli shared that the event was a good opportunity to have the launching attended by many passionate clients at one of the best venues in London and promises that the new model will deliver what is expected of it like new levels of driving involvement and excitement. The event marks the 40th year since Ferrari unveiled its first V8 mid-rear engine with the 308 GTB which was also known as the “Prancing Horse.”

The 488 GTB has a track-level performance that can be fully enjoyed not just by professional driver but even by those who use it on a daily basis. There are many features that make unique like its nimbleness, response times, and on-the-limit guarantee giving unequaled driving pleasure. With its new berlinetta, the F1 and WEC manage to capture that truly unique Ferrari experience. The 458 GT for example is the current World Champion and continues to win in its category in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 488 GTB thus is able to exploit all the knowledge that has been learned by the technicians at Ferrari over the last 10 years through its XX program which uses gentleman test-drivers for its extreme track-only vehicles. The data collected has resulted in making significant contributions on refining the vehicle and electronic systems so the drivers can experience the full performance of the new model.

The 488 GTB is equipped with the V8 3902 cc turbo engine making it the best in terms of torque, power, and response times, as well as setting the standard for this type of architecture. The engine has an output of 670 cc at 8,000 rpm and in 7th gear can reach maximum torque of 760 Nm and accelerator response time at merely 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. The 488 GT can thus go from 0 to 200 km/h in a surprising 8.3 seconds and with all the new innovations put in, it can lap the Fiorano track in 1 minute and 23 seconds.

Press Release


Ferrari’s latest mid-engine V8 supercar, the 488 GTB, was unveiled this evening at an exclusive star-studded event with nearly one thousand guests in attendance during the launch. High profile guests included Donna Air, Mary Charteris and Jade Parfitt, as well as stars of Made in Chelsea, singer-songwriter John Newman and many others. VIPs joined selected press and Ferrari’s exclusive client list amid a red themed soiree at the Old Sorting Office, Holborn.

The talking point of the evening was the unveiling of the 488 GTB.  Guests were seated in a track style grandstand and were treated to a performance that included 3D laser mapping and exclusive video footage of the highly anticipated new model. This was followed by a unique performance by percussionists; staged in a custom built scaffold, the artists utilised oil drums as instruments amidst an innovative and dramatic laser-light display.  The car was then unveiled to the captivated audience.

Francesco Balli, Regional Manager, Ferrari North Europe, commented: “It has been a fantastic opportunity to share this evening with so many passionate Ferrari clients at one of London’s coolest venues, with the new 488 GTB which promises to deliver new levels of excitement and driving involvement.”

VIP guests in attendance included:

  • Kelly Hoppen

Oliver Proudlock

  • Jamie Laing

Sacha Bailey

  • Trisha Ronane

Marissa Montgomery

  • Amber Atherton

Billy Huxley

  • Julien MacDonald

Rosie Fortescue

  • Yasmin Mills

Henry Conway

  • Jemma Kidd

Mr Hudson

  • Lilah Parsons

Alex Mytton

  • John Newman

Hofit Golan

  • Tamara Ecclestone & Jay Rutland

The Ferrari 488 GTB

Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engine V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse has opened 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”.


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