Ferrari 488 GTB – 0 to 60 in 3 Seconds
GTO, GTS and GTB are all three letters moniker that simply directs you towards one name and that’s Ferrari. All of these aforementioned character letters are indicative of Ferrari’s intention. Gran Turismo Omologato or race prep’d Homologated, special cars, GTS are the Spiders or say convertibles otherwise and GTB simply denotes the as Berlinetta, you may call it as a coupe.
Ahead of 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari revealed it’s new awe-inspiring 488 GTB. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features unmistakable sculptural side scoop and flanks which are quintessential 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 center, 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 re-positioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED taillights have also been redesigned.
Packing an all-new new 3902 cc V8 turbo power-house, setting the benchmark for torque and response times, 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 eye-ball flattening 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”. For the sake of that number, yes 488 GTB only takes 3 seconds for 0 to 60 dash! Here’s another one that exemplifies the Ferrari’s engineering par excellence is the fuel economy figure of 11.4 l/100 km. Lastly, Ferrari 488 GTB top speed is 330 Km/h or 205 Mph!
The new 7-speed dual clutch gearbox now features innovative 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.
With Ferrari 458, the world has seen that Ferrari had raised the levels of quality engineering by applying modern electronics to push the brand further ahead of the game. 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 render the car’s dynamic behavior during complex maneuvers even flatter and more stable.
The cabin is pure business, and here the business is to race. However, keeping the day to day driving attributes, the cabin ergonomics features 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 keyword in the design, leading to an extremely sporty ambiance 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.