Forty years from the unveiling of Ferrari's first mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the fullest, even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Its response times, nimbleness, and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure.
The berlinetta brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari's experience in both F1 and the WEC, where the 458 GT holds the World Championship title and has won its category in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This model also exploits the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX program which makes extreme track-only cars available to gentleman test-drivers. The data has made a significant contribution to the refinement of the electronic and vehicle control systems so that drivers can make the most of the incredible performance of this car.
The car's aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to its performance. Its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari and is the fruit of 50% more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag. The greatest challenge was achieving these two goals simultaneously. Several innovative elements were developed specifically to do so - not least a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes, and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler. The aerodynamic underbody, which incorporates vortex generators, is highly sophisticated, too.
The Ferrari 488 GTB's subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times compared to those of a track car.
The evolved version of Ferrari's Side Slip Angle Control System (Side Slip Control 2 - SSC2) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners. Aside from integrating with the car's F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers, which render the car's dynamic behavior during complex maneuvers, even flatter and more stable.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the 488 GTB features very sculptural flanks that are key to its character. Its large signature air intake scallop is a nod to the original 308 GTB, and is divided into two sections by a splitter. The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the center, two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an innovative blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.
In the cabin, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents, and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver. Usability was the key word in the design, leading to an extremely sporty ambiance that in no way compromises comfort. There are plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements too, such as the clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, the multifunctional steering wheel, the control switch bridge, and the wraparound seats. The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have also been completely redesigned, while the design of the Ferrari 488 GTB's new key takes its inspiration from the car's cylindrical banks, and allows keyless starts.