Cars? Cars are transportation. Ferraris? They are something else all together. Art, music, velocity… and lust the 488 GTB has whole a lot of that going on. A tip to first time Ferrari buyers-budget extra time for each and every trip. You’ll be swarmed. Base price is around $250,000. Of course buyers will want a few extras to make it their own. This one has nearly $105,000 worth. That alone will buy a pretty nicely equipped Mercedes SL. The whole car.
Over half the extra cost comes from a blizzard of carbon fiber pieces so those who don’t care for the look will save serious dough. At some $12,500 bucks, the special red paint is practically a necessity though. Hey, it’s a Ferrari. Every time the hood is popped, owners can reminisce about the moment they chose, say, the titanium exhaust pipes. Oh, and the trunkbisn’t very large.
Anyone need any TP? Anyone? Only used by a Ferrari… No one orders a car from Maranello for practicality. Ferrari claims a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds. Let’s give it a go… Yes, I believe. Okay that’s a little too fast. Top speed is 205 miles an hour. Saturn V rocket velocity shouldn’t surprise anyone with this riding on the front flanks. Aluminum for the chassis and body panels keeps weight down. Like all things served under glass, the V8 is something special. The 3.9-liter’s twin turbos rouse 661 stallions and 561 lb-ft of torque. Maybe it’s juvenile but you’d rev it too. The back tires deliver that power to the pavement. Drive modes? Of course there are drive modes. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with a manual mode is the only gearbox. It’s brilliant Okay, a Tesla Model S also accelerates very fast but it does not have “the sound”. Ha, why would you listen to the audio system?
No gaudy wings to manage aerodynamics, some of the downforce occurs when part of the air that enters here is channeled out here. This subtle slot helps too. The steering wheel lets you know when redline is approaching, not that the gauge cluster isn’t perfectly clear.
The steering is incredibly direct but it never feels like a Chihuahua on amphetamines. This car is actually pretty easy to drive. An adjustable suspension never gets anywhere near soft. The cabin is hardly hushed but a 200 mile day won’t leave drivers rung out. Ask me how I know. My wallet’s been flogged though. 488 drinks premium fuel like a thirsty Labrador, something owners probably think little about. I’ve got carbon ceramic brakes, might as well try them. Oh, I’m going to feel that in the morning. I’d have to triple the speed limit to test handling, that’s not happening… on camera. Let’s just say it’s very impressive. Also impressive is the craftsmanship in the cabin. The leather work is as good as it gets without walking into a Prada store. It might be possible to get a small bag of golf clubs back here. At nearly 11 grand, the Goldrake racing seats can be ordered by size. Bordering on hard they remain supportive. And there are child seat latches. Lucky kid. I’m trying to find things to grouse about. The doors don’t open exceptionally wide. At least you won’t be giving anyone door dings.
There’s a navi system but it’s not much fun to program using this small knob. Visibility is actually pretty good except for out the back and this does not have a back up camera. Makes me nervous. There’s no sunroof but there’s always the retractable-roof Spider version for those who want to see and be seen. Publicity hounds and art collectors alike will find this Ferrari’s lofty price tag a bargain. It attracts ears and eyeballs like no other car. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
Fun fact – the 488 gets its name from the fact that each of the 8 cylinders is 488 cubic centimeters and GTB stands for Grand Touring Berlinetta. The turbocharger’s compressor wheels are made from a low-density alloy normally used in jet engines. I love the sound of a twin turbo V8 roaring from behind me and I have to say this one was lovely. It’s great that the driver can actually see the engine in the rear view mirror.
There ya go gang, that is my take on the Ferrari 488 GTB and can I just say, if you have the means, it’s highly recommended. That’s from “Ferris Buhler’s Day Off” right? Also with a Ferrari. Highly recommended, both the movie and the Ferrari.
Dimensions and Weight
Overall length: 4568 mm
Overall width: 1952 mm
Height: 1213 mm
Wheelbase: 2650 mm
Front track: 1679 mm
Rear track: 1647 mm
Kerb weight: 1475 kg
Dry weight: 1370 kg
Weight distribution: 46.5% front – 53.5% rear
Boot capacity: 230
Fuel tank capacity: 78
Front: 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
Rear: 305/30 ZR20 J11.0
Front: 15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in
Rear: 14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in
Type: V8 – 90° Turbo – Dry Sump
Total displacement: 3902 cm3
Bore and Stroke: 86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in)
Maximum Power: 492 kW (670 cv) at 8000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 760 Nm @ 3000 rpm in VII gear
Specific Output: 172 cv/l (2,07 kW/cu in)
Compression ratio: 9.4:1
Maximum speed: >330 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.0 sec
0-200 kmh: 8.3 sec
0-400 m: 10.45 sec
0-1000 m: 18.7 sec
Dry weight/power ratio: 2.04 kg/cv
Fiorano Lap Time: 1’23”0
Fuel Consumption and Emissions
Fuel consumption***: 11.4 l/100 km
CO2 Emissions ***: 260 gr/km
Transmission and gearbox
7 gears F1 dual clutch transmission: –
High Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill