Ferrari announced the replacement for the 458 Italia last week the rather underwhelming 488 GTB. But frankly I’m not that impressed by what I’ve seen. The styling hasn’t taken a massive step forward by any means and although it is still a very pretty car I feel it still looks too similar to the 458.
The V8 engine from the 458 has been swapped out for an all-new twin-turbo 3.9 litre V8 pumping out 661BHP with a fairly decent 561l lb-ft of torque this pushes the 488 to 60 in an impressive 3.0 seconds the new engine is teamed with Ferrari’s also new 8-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Another problem with Ferrari’s of late is their tendency to try to save the planet. The new 488 is available with the start stop technology from the California. Whilst this does lower the cars carbon emissions and raises the MPG figure to 25 that’s not what I care about in a super car. I want speed and flamboyance particularly from an Italian car. I don’t blame Ferrari as most companies are trying to cut there carbon emissions you can see that in Fords new GT having a V6 rather than its signature V8 (read my previous article here https://jimoncars.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/ford-what-have-you-done/ )
Whilst the new 488 GTB still looks good and is undoubtedly fast, top speed is rumoured to be 205 MPH, I feel that McLaren’s 650’s and even their new 675 LT outpaces them not only in style but also in technology.