2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Features Turbocharging, 660 Horsepower
Ferrari’s most powerful V-8 yet.
As emissions and efficiency regulations increase, more and more manufacturers are turning to the turbo to eke out as much power in the most efficient manner from their engines. With the debut of Ferrari's new mid-engined V-8 supercar, the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, the death knell sounds for Ferrari's naturally aspirated V-8 engine.
While the new turbocharged 3.9 liter V-8 mill in the 488 isn't the first turbocharged V-8 from Ferrari, it certainly is the most powerful. With 660 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, the 488 GTB produces a 98 horsepower bump, and a whopping 162 more lb-ft of torque over the outgoing 458 Italia. This allows the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB to rocket to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, to 125 mph in 8.3 seconds, and onto an eventual top speed of over 204 mph.
All of this speed is reined in with active aerodynamics that give the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB a 50-percent increase in downforce over the 458 Italia. Ferrari's traction- and stability-control systems carry over, along with the company's trick active differential and dynamic suspension systems.
Visually, the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB has subtle differences that separate it from its predecessor. Large induction vents above the rear wheel wells, relocated exhaust outlets, deeper front hood vents, and redesigned tail lights provide a new, lower, and more aggressive appearance than the outgoing 458 Italia. Inside, the cabin appears nearly identical to the 458, with a driver-focused control cluster, with most of the controls and buttons centered around the steering wheel and gauges.
The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB makes its official debut at the upcoming Geneva auto show. Until then, you will have to satiate your appetite for the new Ferrari with the gallery of photos below.