The latest prancing horse from Maranello is a reputable player in the supercar segment and also marks Ferrari’s new commitment to turbocharging after coming out with the California T. The 488 GTB’s heart and soul is a V8 3.9-liter twin-turbo engine capable of delivering an impressive 670 bhp and a huge 760 Nm of torque transferred to the wheels through an updated dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox that comes with variable torque management.
All that power is squeezed in a car that weighs just 1,370 kg so suffice it to say we are dealing with a proper quick Ferrari. The 488 GTB has a quoted top speed of more than 330 kmph and someone who had the pleasure of driving the car wanted to test this on the German autobahn. It managed to get up to 341 kmph as the digital speedometer shows, but we all know these are not entirely accurate.
The speedometers mounted in modern cars show a slightly higher figure than the real speed as a safety measure to make driver drive slower so even though the Ferrari 488 GTB’s digital instrument cluster shows 341 kmph, the car was probably doing around 335 kmph or so which is obviously still very impressive. Chances are the car wasn’t tested to its fullest and the top speed would have been slightly higher if there wasn’t so much traffic on that unrestricted section of the German autobahn.
It might not be as quick as the mighty LaFerrari, but let’s not forget that was way more expensive and the 488 GTB is still a beast as it needs only 3 seconds to complete the 0-100 kmph task and will run from a standstill to 200 kmph in just 8.3 seconds. There aren’t a lot of negative things to say about this car, albeit purists will say that it would have been better if Ferrari was offering a six-speed manual transmission.
If the coupe isn’t to your linking, an open-top 488 GTS is likely heading to the Frankfurt Motor Show programmed for mid-September. It will offer roughly the same performances, but with the added desirability of a Spider top.