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.