Ferrari is currently on a roll, releasing a couple of new cars with a few more to come. The newest in their roster is the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB which uses an iconic name for them. The car is the successor for the 458 Italia and it is the first turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari since the F40 was released more than 25 years ago. The car is not an all new model like we are used to but it is instead an evolution of the 458 with a lot of new parts both inside and out.
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Review
The design evolved quite a bit, its chassis, while similar in wheelbase and track width, has been upgraded with new materials and components and its engine is all new as well. The end result for the addition of the extra piping for the engine and the upgraded structural rigidity is that the car now weighs nearly 20 pounds less than before, all thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and high strength aluminum in its chassis. The car has been released on the market nearly half a year ago and its cabriolet version has been launched back in September. The coupe version costs around $240,000 while the cabriolet will set you back $270,000, both being cheaper than the cars they are replacing.
Under the rear deck-lid of the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB there is an all new aluminum engine. It is smaller than before at only 3.9 liters but it is boosted by two turbochargers which have their compressors made out of TiAl, a compound usually used in jet engines to reduce lag. The end result is that the engine makes an impressive 661 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque and it revs to more than 8,000 rpm which is very impressive for a turbocharged mill. It sends the power to the rear wheels via an evolution of the 7 speed dual-clutch automatic found on the 458, so it has been recorded to hit 60 MPH in less than 3 seconds and Ferrari says it will do 205 MPH with ease.
The cabriolet on the other hand is nearly 100 pounds heavier because of the extra weight of its hardtop mechanism and the extra braces needed in order to make it just as rigid as the coupe. This model will hit 60 MPH around 0.3 seconds slower while having an identical top speed.
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Changes
The design also changed a lot since the 458 and the car now looks a bit more mature. The front end has a new bumper which integrated a new splitter. This provides downforce as well as it directs air to the radiators in the front for a more effective cooling. The wheels are all new as well while the back of the car has evolved slightly with a new exhaust system, slightly different tail lights as well as a new spoiler. The sides are probably the biggest changes on the new car. Its “hips” are now much taller than before and these house four different intakes, two for each of the two intercoolers found in the back of the car.
Inside the cabin the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB will seem very familiar to anyone who previously drove any Ferrari in the past 10 years. The car comes with the usual multifunctional steering wheel which has its signal lights, wiper controls and even the controls for the stability system and for the different modes of the suspension. While it may be overwhelming at first, it becomes quite easy to use after some time. The rest of the cabin is well trimmed with leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber and even aluminum in order to make it feel like a premium car and not just like any other fast mid-engined car.