We were all suitably impressed when Ferrari flexed its Italian muscle and blew us away with the new 488 GTB. And it’s all good news, the meaty V8 engine sound is back and its bigger and better than before. That rich and exhilarating engine roar is all down to the Wheelsandmore from Germany.
With the new and improved Stage II, the 3,9l V8 engine is edging closer to the power of the F12berlinetta. You can drive in serene silence but who would want to? With the push of the open button on the exhaust valve control, both the coupe and the convertible Ferrari 488 announce their presence with a rich and uncompromising sound.
The Baesweiler experts have improved the software and with an F1 air filter the vehicle achieves an impressive 730 hp and 850 Nm of torque. With an eye on more power it is exciting to learn that a manifold-kit is being developed.
The aesthetics have changed too and the look is impressive. Changing the Ferrari 488 GTB into a Wheelsandmore Settecento-Trenta meant the stock wheels had to go.
It looks more race car like with the ultra-concave centres and centre lock look alike caps. There’s a brand new wheel model FIWE, matte black in colour with a hint of a coloured outline. The overall image is one of understated excellence.
The 3-part ultralight forged wheels rotate at the front axle sizing 9,0x21 inch with 245/30/21 ultra-high performance tires and on the rear axle in stately 12,5x21 inches with a maximum wide 345/25/21 barrel from Hankook.
The vehicle can be as individual as you are with personally tailored wheels and colour preferencing. The Ferrari Styling Centre has given the new 488 GTM sculptured flanks which are distinctive to its character.
Reminiscing back to the 308 GTB, a large air intake scallop is dominant, divided by the splitter into two parts. In an effort to improve the thermal efficiency of the side radiators, the front spoiler is wide with a double profile. Centrally, two pylons together with a deflector direct air towards the underside of the car. Continuing with the aerodynamic technology, there is a wide, low tail and blown spoiler which increases drag by generating downforce.
The diffuser has a steep ramp angle and active flaps. This increase in height was made possible by relocating the exhaust tailpipes. The LED tail lights have also been redesigned. The interior has new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and technical instrument panel giving a real race car feel.
488 GTM manages to balance the need for thrill and excitement without sacrificing driver comfort. With the obvious separation between the tunnel and dashboard, the control switch bridge, racing car seats and the multifunctional steering wheel, there is no mistaking that has been designed by the Ferrari dream team.
The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have been improved and have a more technical feel. We were also impressed with the keyless start which has been influenced by the car’s cylinder banks. This innovative performance vehicle combined with exquisite Ferrari craftsmanship manages to embody all that is wonderful about Ferrari. All that remains is to hear the engine roar!