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Ferrari 488 Pista debuts ahead of Geneva Motor Show

22 February, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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This makes the 488 Pista the most powerful road-going V8 ever produced by the Maranello stalwarts.

The Ferrari 488 Pista will be physically revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari officially unveiled 2018 488 Pista which comes as a successor to the 458 Speciale. The introduction of lightweight components such as titanium conrods and a carbonfibre intake plenum has helped boost power over the standard 488 GTB by a significant 50bhp, so the Pista now develops a staggering 711bhp at 8,000rpm and 568lb ft of torque at 3,000rpm.

Ferrari has taken the wraps off its new track-focused 488 Pista supercar, following weeks of leaked images - and it is set to be a direct rival to race-derived models including the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

Ferrari has been as creative as usual with its names - with Pista simply translating as "track".

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After Stradale, Scuderia and Speciale, meet the Pista, shown here for the first time ahead of an official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6. That saving is no small feat considering the 488 GTB is hardly a heavy-weight. Incredibly, 0-62 mph takes just 2.85 seconds, while 0-124 mph takes 7.6 seconds before the 488 Pista tops out at over 211 mph. Ferrari engineers have also managed to increase the Pista's downforce by 20 per cent when compared to the GTB.

Ferrari saves weight elsewhere with extensive use of carbon fibre. The rear blown spoiler has been made higher and longer, and its overall shape tweaked. To compare, the 488 GTB reaches 62 miles per hour in 3.0 seconds and it can only reach speeds up to 205 miles per hour.

Driving dynamics of the auto have been improved due to the introduction of version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system.

This additional level of control further fine-tunes the Ferrari 488 Pista's performance through, and powering out of, corners making the car's handling even more effortless, intuitive and predictable.

Like the 458 Speciale that came before it, there's also a red white and blue decal running the length of the vehicle - though that was revealed as part of the teaser video earlier this month. Ferrari Design used innovative elements, such as the aerodynamic S-Duct at the front, as an opportunity to visually shorten the car's nose, creating an original floating wing effect.

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