Ferrari 488 Pista arrives lighter, feistier

Ferrari 488 Pista

The Ferrari 488 Pista will get its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Compared to the 488 GTB, the new model weighs an impressive 90kg less (1,280kg dry) which, when combined with the largest ever increase in engine power for a special series auto (+50 cv), results in a new benchmark for Ferrari's V8 sports cars. To match its rival from Britain, the Pista has been subjected to Ferrari's biggest jump yet between standard coupe and special model. Borrowed parts include Inconel (nickel-chromium superalloy) exhaust headers, titanium connecting rods, carbon-fiber intake, and a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, all of which help this V8 weigh less than the one in the GTB.

The Ferrari road auto division has access to the F1 team's full-size wind-tunnel, so you can be sure all those new scoops, winglets and sculpted bodywork is extremely functional, and will help the Pista stick to the track like a clingy ex-partner. For comparison, the 488 GTB "only" produces 660 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque.

It also boasts the company's most powerful V8 engine. Pista is Italian for race track which means that the Ferrari 488 Pista should be a delight on the tracks.

Starting with the one everybody talks about at the moment, the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) acceleration time, the Pista only needs 2.85 seconds to clear it.

Thanks to the combination of more power and less weight, the 488 Pista will sprint to 62 miles per hour in only 2.8 seconds and top out at 211 miles per hour. Given quoted top speeds of 340km/h for the GT2 RS and Pista, and 341 for the 720S, we'll call it a three-way performance tie.

Compared to the 488 GTB which it's based on, the Pista saves 90kg for a kerb weight of less than 1.3-tonnes, or to be prices, 1,280kg.

If the revised exterior wasn't an obvious giveaway, the 488 Pista was designed with aerodynamic performance in mind.

The front F1-inspired S-Duct and the front diffusers serve their function very well.

Also, the 488 Spider's curvaceous body has been turned into a werewolf's courtesy of new air inlets, front lip, and rear diffuser.

This was achieved by synergies between the development of the mechanical set-up and the electronic dynamic controls integrated into version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system. This is the first application of FDE, a system which automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers.

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