Ferrari’s 458 replacement has arrived in Australia as the first examples of the 488 Gran Turismo Berlinetta (GTB) appear in local showrooms.
While fans or potential customers are certainly free to look at the new 488s, they can’t have any of them yet - or probably even touch them…
The demand for the new Ferrari has been so strong that orders are already stretching well into 2017. So any examples that you may see between now and then will have been spoken for, unless you’re one of the forward-thinkers who has already placed an order.
The first customer orders are scheduled to arrive late this year or early in 2016.
Naturally with any new Ferrari model, it is lighter, faster and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, and it comes with a new turbocharged powerplant to replace the 458’s 425kW/540Nm 4.5 litre naturally-aspirated V8.
In its place, customers will find a 3.9 litre twin-turbocharged V8, as seen in the California T, but with power and torque lifted to 492kW and 760Nm (the California T is good for 412kW/755Nm).
Power reaches the road via the rear wheels and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle-shifters.
The twin-turbo V8 combines with the 488’s 1475kg weight for a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds, with 200km/h arriving in 8.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 330km/h.
The shift to turbocharging has not only boosted power but also brought a 15 percent improvement to fuel economy, with the 488 GTB’s combined fuel figure rated at 11.4 l/100km compared to the 458 Italia’s 13.3 l/100km.
Go-fast goodies include an electronic differential, adaptive dampers and a racing traction and stability control system, along with a braking system borrowed in part from the LaFerrari hypercar.
And the cost of all of this Ferrari goodness? Prices start from $469,888 plus on-road costs; which is over $50,000 less than the 458 Italia buys the most well-equipped 488 GTB in any of its official markets around the world.
No wonder there’s a two-year waiting list…
Overseas model pictured.
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