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Ferrari 488 GTB in the driving report: Turbo Italian with 670 PS

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Ferrari 488 GTB in the driving report
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Only rarely does it correspond with the pride of the Italians to admit weaknesses. It is therefore all the more surprising that Vittorio Dini, who is responsible for the drives at Ferrari, frankly admits that the new biturbo V8 is in the F errari 488 GTB is not as good at it as the old 4.5 -Liter vacuum cleaner: 'The speed limit is now 8,000, no longer 9,000 rpm and the response time of the engine is 0.8 instead of 0.7 seconds'.

Ferraro 488 GTB up to speed in three seconds 100

Aha. Of course, he immediately admits that a turbocharged engine does not have to turn so high due to the massive torque and that the response behavior for this type of engine is really sensational - and he is right, at least when it comes to implementing accelerator commands.

Starting weakness? So please. The smallest movements with the right foot ignite an explosion of performance that, if necessary, continues from standstill to maximum speed. Although the maximum torque of 760 Nm (458 Italia: 540 Nm) is only available at 3,000 revs, the 3.9-liter engine develops its power in a deliberately even, but quite dramatic way, because the Ferrari 488 GTB not. Sure, downsizing also saves a bit of CO2, just six percent, so that couldn't have been the developers' sole intention. No, customers are now asking for more steam, the competition is leading the way. So the mid-engine sports car now makes 670 instead of 570 hp and should romp to 100 in three instead of 3.4 seconds, the 200 km /h limit falls after 8.3 instead of 10.4 seconds - and that's exactly how it feels.

Ferrari 488 GTB for 204,211 euros

Low, of course, you sit in strong lateral seats, the large, central rev counter firmly in view. Speed ​​display? There’s also, somewhere, in one of the two displays on the edge of the instrument panel. This is not so unimportant, because the 488 GTB can also go slowly, roll peacefully through city traffic, bounce properly over moderately maintained country roads and does not even soundintrusive. I beg your pardon? A Ferrari with a muzzle? Well, a little. In the standard drive program, which is called 'Sport' here, just to prevent misunderstandings, it remains quite quiet up to 3,100 rpm, only then does the exhaust system open its flaps. If the engine is now allowed to roar right into the limiter, the eight-cylinder direct injection roars low, threatening, echoing, but always a bit like having a family pack of tissues in the muffler - at least compared to its ecstatically screaming predecessor.

Sure , The sound is a real hit for a turbo engine, especially because the acoustics inside and outside are equally thrilling, and you can miss the vacuum cleaner here. But otherwise? Rather not. Freedom of revolving, willingness to work, performance anyway - everything is great. In addition, neither the even more agile steering behavior, the hellish lateral acceleration, the friendly feedback from the steering and brakes leave any doubts as to why Ferrari is calling € 204,211 for the 488 GTB.

Driver of the 488 GTB only possible weak point

How did you manage that? Well, there is more technology in the two turbochargers alone than anywhere else in the entire engine. Turbine wheels made of aluminum-titanium with ball bearings, the gaps between housing and turbine reduced by coating - this alone should reduce the response behavior compared to the already great engine of the California T by 21 percent. The adaptive dampers now receive their commands from a faster processor, the vehicle dynamics control has also been modified and the aerodynamics trimmed for more downforce.

With a few fast laps on the in-house test track Fiorano, it will soon become clear what 488 GTB- Drivers absolutely need: courage. And plenty, because the lateral acceleration reaches an insane level, only at insane speed do the tires want to trade static for sliding friction. So if anyone has to admit weaknesses, it is the driver. The developers of the 488 GTB, however, certainly not.


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