We all know how great a car the the Ferrari 458 Italia is, and finding a completely new replacement for it is truly a humungous task. The Engineers at Ferrari must have known this even better than we did , and so they decided to replace the Italia with this car- The 488 GTB.However what we see is a 2016 Ferrari 458 Italia facelift on Turbo, with a completely unrelated nomenclature. The name ofcourse coming from the 70’s Ferrari 308GTB.
Don’t get us wrong , The 488 GTB is one beautiful car, but so was the 458 Italia.The new car seem more refined and look as though the engineers have concentrated all their time solely on making the car fast.The large number of aerodynamic enhancement placed through out the body is a clear indicator of this.The 488 GTB comes with large air intakes up front , with dual spoilers.The aerodynamic underbody doubles up as vortex generator , and along with the active rear diffusers and the spoiler, helps to reduce drag and increase downforce – A perfect blend of speed and control.The front seems to be a beefed up version of the 458 , and the sides contains massive air intakes channeled to the new Turbocharged V8.
Speaking of the Engine,it seems that the emissions norms are taking its toll on even the biggest of manufacturers , and we will surely miss the screaming naturally aspirated V8s,that we have come to love so dearly. That said with an all new 660bhp producing Turbo V8( First one since the F40) , we wouldn’t be missing it for long either. The 488 GTB does 0-100 in less than 3 seconds , which is similar to the stripped down 458 Speciale , however the resemblance ends here. 200 reaches a second quicker in the 488 -at 8.3 seconds , and the manufacturer claims a top whack of 330kmph.
Ferrari 458 Italia – 4.5-litre, naturally-aspirated V8 producing 562bhp of power and 540Nm of torque.
Ferrari 488 GTB – 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 660bhp and 760Nm of torque.
Not missing the 458 much , are we now!
We will get to take first look of the car at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show , up until then you guys have to do with these pictures.