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Meet the 458 Turbo replacer - The new Ferrari 488 GTB

Snapshot: While nobody is sure why Ferrari named 488 GTB, the 488 GTB, it is slated to replace the famous Ferrari 458 Turbo.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome the new dashing Supercar in the industry - the Ferrari 488 GTB. The 488 GTB is not only the least capacity turbocharged car, but also one of the quickest and fastest of all the Prancing Horses that come out of the Maranello. While nobody is sure why Ferrari named 488 GTB, the 488 GTB, it is slated to replace the famous Ferrari 458 Turbo.

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Being Ferrari means one has to prove the performance capability which is provided by the ingenious engines made by Ferrari. The 488 GTB gets a 3.9 litre V8 unit capable of producing 661 bhp of maximum power. While this can be half a litre short of the 458 it replaces, it is certainly more powerful, thanks to two turbochargers.

And what do these impressive power figures mean? Well, Ferrari 488 GTB can touch 0-100 kmph in 3.0 seconds - identical to the stripped-out 458 Speciale - with a top speed of 330 kmph. And like any other Ferrari which has to undergo Fiorano track test, 488 GTB did a brilliant 1m 23s lap, half a second quicker than the Speciale, which in turn makes it two seconds quicker than both the standard 458.



But the engine alone can't promise such a staggering performance, right? The 488 GTB weighs only 1370kg, almost 10kg lighter than the 458 Italia, and is aerodynamically superior. The underbody is way flat for greater airflow and there are all manner of active flaps and spoilers. Additionally, tuned down engine promises 15% lower emissions - 260g/km CO2, to be precise.  

We're also promised a soundtrack "that is full, clear and totally distinctive". Another exciting feature is the second-gen version of Side Slip Angle Control, now working with the suspension's active dampers for greater precision. "The 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers", promises Ferrari.

Ferrari will reveal the complete details and the actual car at the upcoming Geneva motor show next month, which we will eagerly wait for!

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