May 21, 2018

Ferrari 488 Pista to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

22 February 2018, 12:54 | Yvette Williams

Hardcore Ferrari 488 leaked in full

Ferrari 488 Pista

The hardcore supercar features the same 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the standard 488, the magazine says, but the power has been upped from 661bhp to 710bhp. There is now a McLaren-matching 720hp - a real 710bhp - on offer at a heady 8,000rpm, with torque gains across the range as well, peaking at 568 lb ft at 3000rpm. Pricing and availability for the Ferrari 488 Pista are yet to be confirmed, though we're expecting to hear more when we head to Geneva in early March 2018. Borrowed parts include Inconel (nickel-chromium superalloy) exhaust headers, titanium connecting rods, carbon-fiber intake, and a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, all of which help this V8 weigh less than the one in the GTB.

Indeed, the aerodynamic changes to the 488 Pista are extreme, with the new scalloped bonnet showing hefty modification changes and Ferrari adopting modified versions of the front and rear splitters used on its 488 GTE race vehicle that won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. The next 62 miles per hour are cleared in just under five seconds for a 0-124 miles per hour (0-200 km/h) time of 7.6 seconds.

The name Pista is a nod to its performance as means "track" in Italian. This helps the auto sprint from 0-62mph in 2.85sec and go onto a top speed of 211mph - near identical performance figures to that of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

All 711 horsepower is handled by the familiar 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the combination of which is capable of dispatching with 100 kmph (62 mph) in 2.85 seconds, while 200 kmph (124 mph) comes in just 7.6 seconds.

Hardcore Ferrari 488 leaked in full
721PS/770Nm Ferrari 488 Pista comes with the most powerful V8 built by the company

Get your orders in fast if you want to bag a Ferrari 488 Pista because they're going fast, and make sure you have at least AED1,000,000 handy. The redesigned front end should give extra downforce and stability (said to be 20 per cent more aerodynamically efficient) while the rear end has had a slight makeover as well.

Indeed, the 488 Pista apparently increases overall downforce by a whopping 20-percent. There's an F1-derived duct to better channel air over the front end, and both the front and rear diffusers are angled similarly to the 488 GTE endurance racer.

If the 720S is 1419kg and the 488 GTB is 1475kg, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Pista drop more than 100kg. Side-Slip Angle Control 6 now comes standard alongside E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer.

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