Sports Car of The Week – Ferrari 488 GTB
Sports Car of The Week
Ferrari 488 GTB
Welcome to our first segment of , “Sports Car of The Week”. Every week we will be covering different sports cars ranging from today’s modern high tech models to the early 90’s era.
The segment will cover the specs of the car, historical background for the company, interior and exterior outlook as we venture through the drama that makes it a worthy sports car pick.
This week, we are covering the Ferrari 488 GTB sports car from the Ferrari car company which has had a long history of bringing to life beautiful, powerful and fast sports car for a very long time now.
Ferrari is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 as Auto Avio Costruzioni, the company built its first car in 1940.
However, the company’s inception as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized in 1947 when the first Ferrari-badged car was completed.
Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand according to Brand Finance. In May 2012 the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive car in history, selling in a private transaction for $38,115,000 to American communications magnate Craig McCaw.
The Ferrari 488 GTB
Forty years on from the unveiling of Ferrari’s first ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. (Information as seen on website)
The 488 GTB name marks a return to the classic Ferrari model designation with the 488 in its moniker indicating the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta.
The new car not only delivers unparalleled performance, it also makes that extreme power exploitable and controllable to an unprecedented level even by less expert drivers.
The Ferrari 488 GTB goes for a $242,737 price tag. When a turbo powered car with an F1 engine spec comes to mind, the price tends to speak for itself.
The 488 GTB is far more than a mighty new V8. An aerodynamic efficiency figure of 1.67 is a record for a production Ferrari yet delivers 50 per cent more down force.
An exceptional engine and sophisticated aerodynamics combined with refined vehicle dynamic controls radically improve the already razor-sharp responsiveness of Ferrari’s road cars to near-track level.
The 488 GTB is powered by a 3,902 cc (238 cu in) all-aluminium dry sump unit of the Ferrari F154 engine family.
Turbocharged with two parallel ball-bearing twin-scroll turbochargers, the engine produces 670 PS (493 kW; 661 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 760 N·m (561 lb·ft) of torque at 3,000 rpm.
A dual-clutch seven-speed is the sole transmission giving the 488’s 0–60 time at 3.0 seconds. Ferrari’s new stability control provides sharper handling without sacrificing ride.
The front of the car is dominated by the central Aero Pillar and an F1-inspired double spoiler which boost the efficiency of both the radiator and down force generation.
Inside the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the feeling that the cockpit is tailored around the driver.
Settle into the driving seat and you’ll find the multi-functional steering wheel with manettino driving mode selector, while the graphics and interface of the infotainment system have been completely redesigned.
Well, that was this weeks sports car of interest. Lets wait to see what will come up for the next edition. Let us know about what you think of the Ferrari 488 GTB through the comment section. We will be glad.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre who is passionate about tech, games, entertainment and lifestyle news. He enjoys writing about anime and many other topics.