Look at the specs, and it is evident that Ferrari decided not to mess about when it came to their new 488 Pista. Straight away, they fitted it with the most powerful Ferrari V8. Ever. That’s quite an impressive claim for this hot-rodded version of the 488 GTB. Of course, with a name meaning “track” in Italian, this is way more than a simple engine upgrade. And you would hope so, for the considerable £70,000 upcharge from the standard 488.
The 488’s 3.9-litre V8 has been race-tuned for this application, developing a sensational 710bhp. Beyond the raw power figures, a host of software and mechanical improvements help turn the 488 GTB into an absolute track monster. Depending on the options ticked on your order sheet, the 488 Pista can weigh as little as 3,053 lbs (1385kg), which is 198 lbs (90kg) lighter than the standard GTB.
Further enhancements include a quicker-shifting dual-clutch gearbox and enhanced aerodynamics which, along with the massively powerful V8, help the 488 Pista achieve insane performance specs. For example, the top speed is listed at 211 mph, while the car can accelerate to 125mph in just 7.6 seconds. What about 0 to 60, you ask? How does 2.85 seconds sound? The new aero treatment gives the car over 500 lbs (227 kg) of downforce at 124mph, so you can imagine how well it corners. Clearly, the Pista was built to challenge the best in the world. But it’s not all about performance.
Even though the 488 Pista is a single-minded track beast, it is still a Ferrari. And that means it has to make a big style splash. To that end, Ferrari made some aggressive new changes to the bodywork. Comparing the 488 Pista to the standard 488 GTB from the outside, it is immediately clear that this car has been significantly reworked. A massive new vent has been fitted to the bonnet, helping both with downforce and adding a dramatic flair to the body.