The Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo

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Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo

Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Photo Gallery

Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Technical Specifications

Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Registry & Videos

Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Key Details

Ferrari 208 GTS TurboDetail
Launched: 1983
Engine: V8 – Rear Engine
Power: 162 kW (220 hp) at 7000 rpm
Torque: 240 Nm (24.5 kgm) at 4800 rpm
Top Speed: 242 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo

FERRARI 208 GTS TURBO – BREATHING SOME LIFE INTO THE 208

We all know the amazing Ferrari 308 GTS, but I would bet most people haven’t heard of the 208 GTS Turbo. That’s because the 208 was designed for a very specific and limited purpose. The original 208 GTB and GTS were designed to increase sales in the Italian market, where an extra 20% VAT was levied on cars with engines over 2.0 litres. Two years after the debut of the 208, which by this point was known by many as the slowest Ferrari of all time, the 208 GTS Turbo made its way to market.

TURBO POWER

Compared to the 308, the one true difference lies in the engine bay. To decrease the price of their V8 sports car on their home turf, Ferrari decided to decrease the size of their V8. Whereas the 308 used a 2.9-litre aluminium V8 from the Dino family of engines, the 208 GTS Turbo was powered by a very small V8 engine displacing just 2 litres. Of course, this came with a power penalty – new 208 owners were given just 153bhp to move their new Ferrari down the strada.

This means that the original 208 was very slow, even for a sports car of that era. The 208 GTS Turbo’s forced induction resulted in a nice little boost of 64 horsepower, for 217bhp total output. Now we’re talking about some real, usable power. Heck, that’s even more than the 208 GTSi could muster back in 1980. A gated, dogleg 5-speed manual translates that power to the wheels, while a double-wishbone independent suspension incorporated anti-roll bars on both axles to keep the car stable while cornering.

STYLING AND PRODUCTION

In Ferrari parlance, GTB signifies a coupe body style, while the GTS models wear a Targa top roof that can be stored behind the seats after removal, so today we are examining the roofless version of the 208. Of course, the 208 GTS Turbo retained the alluring Bertone-styled body that made the original 308 so popular. Production of the 208 GTS Turbo spanned four model years: 1982 to 1985. In that time, just 250 examples were produced, with almost every one sold in either Italy or New Zealand.

Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: Konzept Automobile

Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed150 mph / 242 km/h
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement1990 cm3
Max. power output*162 kW (220 hp) at 7000 rpm
Max. torque*240 Nm (24.5 kgm) at 4800 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length4230 mm
Width1720 mm
Height1120 mm
Dry weight**1243 kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo – Registry & Videos

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