As automobile enthusiasts, we never thought that Ferrari could replace the beloved 458, but that’s the thing about the industry, every creation can be and will be bested in a certain amount of time. And Ferrari has done the same with the 488 GTB. Ferrari also has claimed that the car is 85% newer than the 458 meaning that you are not getting the same 458 that is been rebadged to 488. In the market, the 488 GTB competes against the likes of McLaren 720S and Porsche 911 Turbo S. Both of these cars are worthy competitors for the Italian prancing horse.
When you look at a Ferrari, the feeling is unparalleled. There is no other feeling in this world that can come close to ogling at a red hot Ferrari. The 488 GTB is no exception to this rule and boy does it make your heart skip a beat every time the engine purrs. The front is dominated by sharp headlights and huge air vents on the hood to maximize the aerodynamic efficiency of the car. The DRLs add a lot of personality to the front fascia and the classic Ferrari badge makes it impossible to not like the simple yet intricate design of the car. The party piece is at the back. That’s where the heart of the 488 is, beneath a glass window, the twin-turbo V8 looks as gorgeous as ever. Overall, the car looks stunning from every angle and the aerodynamic design makes it look even more appealing.
The 488 GTB is powered by a 3.9-litre, V8 engine that churns out a ground-shaking 670 horses and 760 Nm of torque. The engine is also fitted with twin-scroll turbochargers that reduce the turbo lag, making it a more exciting affair to drive. And to transfer the fun, the engine the mated to a slick 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox that leaves you with no complaints. With all this power and a kerb weight of 1470 kg, Ferrari had to equip the car with better than good brakes and hence opted for carbon-ceramic discs that are derived from the phenomenal LaFerrari. Hereby translating into exceptional braking performance.
On the inside, the 488 GTB is as Ferrari as any Ferrari can ever get. The classic rev meter that is bang in the centre of the instrument console looks evergreen. Flanked by two digital screens give it a fresh look, but the rev meter gets you smiling like a small child. The two digital screens show a whole lot of information including navigation, music, trip meters, vehicle information, etc. There is no infotainment display, rather it is incorporated in the instrument cluster itself and is as fiddly as usual but, it now has AppleCarPlay. The steering wheel is a classic Ferrari, with a host of buttons to perform several tasks in the car, including starting the engine. The manettino dial also adds a sporty look to the steering wheel and helps the driver to change the driving modes without looking elsewhere. The 6-speaker system is pretty good if only you can hear it over the banging roar of the V8 engine. However, Ferrari also offers a 12-speaker JBL system if you do not like the V8 soundtrack.