Any car aficionado worth their wheel bearings knows that Ferraris are special cars. So when Maranello says that the new Ferrari 488 Pista is one of the most exclusive hypercars from its stable, then you have to realize that they may be on to something.
Making its world premiere at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show, the Pista (which means track in Italian) is touted as the most powerful Ferari to date. Consider the 711hp and 770Nm of torque produced by the 3.9-liter biturbo V8 and you’ll get what they’re talking about. This comes courtesy of larger turbos, strengthened pistons, and other tweaks to the engine’s internals.
Apart from the most powerful mil, Ferrari claims that it has put in place a new oversteer management system. This helps improve handling at the limit, giving more confidence to the bloke behind the tiller. When it comes to performance, 0-100kph comes in just 2.85 ticks, 0-200kph in 7.6 seconds, and top speed pegged at over 340kph.
This being a track toy for the road, Ferrari has deemed it wise to cut weight by as much as 90kg over the standard 488 GTB. A carbon fiber hood, bumpers, and rear spoiler all help to give better driving dynamics. Moreover, those huge vents up front, combined with other aero bits, all help to give the 488 Pista tremendous downforce at speed.
Yes, the changes may seem trivial to most onlookers. But for car nuts, particularly the Ferrari faithful, they make a world of difference.