Maranello in 1975 replaced the V6 Dino by the 308 GTB with 252 hp; Last year, at its press conference in Geneva, he presented the seventh derivative of this line: the 661 hp 488 GTB.
488 is very significant for several reasons.
It is our reigning champion of the best British pilots in the form of a steering wheel to the left, so we’ve already written a bit about it, but now we only have the ability to judge the car in the form of a steering wheel on the right, on the road, in the track and scale and against our tape measure and timing gear.
The preparation for the start of the car was dominated by a technical key change: a 3.9-liter V8 biturbo, which came from the first in California two years ago.
It significantly increases maximum power and torque compared to the atmospheric V8 in the 458 Italia and provides the required improvement in fuel economy and emissions.
The logic of automotive nomenclature is also new. The predecessors of the 488 have changed their numerical identities for various reasons, starting from what seemed most appropriate: the first two digits of the name represent the size of the engine and the last number of cylinders, 308, 328 and 348 ,
Ferrari broke away with the F355 from this logic, but returned with the 458 Italia back to him. And now he’s gone again and has chosen the “unit displacement” (or the volume of a cylinder) to define the name of a model, as he did with his V12 cars.
Maybe this car should be called 398 GTB, with an extra character allowed somewhere to represent these turbos.
But Ferrari has rarely replaced one of its cars with another less obvious numerical value, attributing to its customers the intelligence needed to understand that less can be more, as seems to be the case with this reduced 488.