Ferrari 488 GTB, a New Turbocharged V8 Ferrari

Ferrari 488 GTB: 2 Turbos, 3.9 Liters, 8 Cylinders, 560 Pound-Feet of Torque & 661 Horsepower, All on One Mid-Engined Prancing Horse…

Ferrari 488 GTB: Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

Ferrari 488 GTB: Mid-Engine Twin-Turbo V8

Ferrari 488 GTB… Anyone who’s a fan of the Prancing Horse knows the letters GTB are special… Not quite as special as GTO, but special nonetheless. Standing for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, Maranello, Ferrari originally introduced the GTB badge on the 308 GTB in 1975, which happens to have been Ferrari’s first foray into the mid-engined V8s that have come represent the Italian car-maker, even more so than their front-engine V12 siblings.


Now, there’s a new GTB… A better GTB… A turbocharged GTB… The Ferrari 488 GTB has been tapped to carry the mantle of THE Ferrari V8 as the successor to the lauded and remarkably successful 458 Italia. While the Ferrari 458’s swansong, the 458 Speciale, was indeed special with 596 horse, 398 pound-feet of torque and a Fiorano test track lap time of 1:23.5 (half a second slower than the F12 Berlinetta) the 488 GTB is proving to be even more of a monster.

Ferrari 488 GTB Turbo Rear View

Ferrari 488 GTB Turbo Rear View

Performance comes from a mid-mounted 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 producing 661 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Maranello claims that the Ferrari 488 GTB will rocket from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds, dead. That’s a 0 to 60 time of about 2.8 seconds and a 0-124 mph of 8.3 seconds. Top speed is over 205 mph, which, now-a-days is relatively expected (an not at all surprising).


The Ferrari 488 GTB is fitted with a revised version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Control 2 systems (aka SSC2), which, when paired with F1-Trac & E-Diff systems and a body boasting 50-percent more downforce than the 458, keeps the car firmly adhered to the firmament. This goes a long way to helping the 488 GTB to a noteworthy 1 minute 23 seconds Fiorano lap time, which is 0.5 seconds faster than the 458 Speciale and the same time as the $318,000 F12 Berlinetta. Not too shabby.

Ferrari 488 GTB Turbo Interior

Ferrari 488 GTB Turbo Interior

The 488 GTB is the second turbocharged Ferrari to come out of Maranello in recent history. It joins the ranks of the Ferrari California T (which debuted last year) and the iconic Ferrari F40 of the late eighties and early nineties. Forced induction seem to be the way to go if you want to get huge power from a relatively small package while maintaining some semblance of fuel efficiency. Just look at the recently unveiled turbocharged 600+ hp 2016 V6 Ford GT and the forthcoming mid-engine (I know, right) supercharged 2016 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. Although the naturally-aspirated V10 Lamborghini Huracan may disagree.


The Ferrari 488 GTB will officially be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month. But, until then, enjoy the tech specs and performance figures below as well as a jaw-dropping photo gallery.

Ferrari 488 GTB Performance & Specifications


  • Type: Mid-Mounted V8, 90°, Twin-Turbo
  • Overall Displacement: 3.9-Liters (3,902 cm3)
  • Maximum Power *: 661 horsepower (492 kW, 670 CV) at 8000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque *: 560 Pound-Feet (760 Nm) at 3000 rpm in Seventh Gear


  • Length: 179.8 inches (4,568 mm)
  • Width: 76.9 inches (1,952 mm)
  • Height: 47.8 inches (1,213 mm)
  • Dry weight**: 3,020 pounds (1,370 kg)
  • Weight Distribution: 46.5 percent Front / 53.5 percent Rear


  • 0-60 mph: 2.8 s (est)
  • 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 3.0 s
  • 0-124 mph (0 -200 km/h): 8.3 s
  • Maximum Speed: Greater than 205 mph (330 km/h)


  • 21 mpg Combined (11.4 l/100 km)


  • 260 g/km
* With 98 RON petrol
**With lightweight options
*** ECE+EUDC combined cycle with HELE system

Ferrari 488 GTB Press Release

Ferrari 488 GTB Press Release

Ferrari 488 GTB: extreme power for extreme driving thrills The new V8 debuts at Geneva: track-level performance and responsiveness for the road

Maranello, 3 February 2015 – Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full 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 new 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. The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX programme which makes extreme track-only cars available to gentleman test-drivers. The data yielded 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 new car.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and, when combined with the radical innovations introduced on all aspects of the car’s performance, lap the Fiorano track in just 1’23”.

The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle. As is always the case, Ferrari’s engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the 488 GTB’s sound, creating a new soundtrack that is full, clear and totally distinctive, as expected from any Prancing Horse engine.

The car’s aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50 per cent more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag. The greatest challenge was achieving these two goals simultaneously. Several innovative elements were specifically developed 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 comparable 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 car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable.

Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the 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 centre 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 ambience that in no way compromises on 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 wraparound seats. The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have also been completely redesigned while the design of the car’s new key takes its inspiration from the car’s cylinder banks and allows keyless starts.

The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, but from today can be seen at


Author: Nick Glasnovich

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  1. Can’t wait for the Stradale/Scuderia/Speciale version.

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