Teased earlier today, and long rumoured to be known as the 458 M or 458 T, the 488 GTB is Ferrari’s new mid-range hero.
Few panels have escaped the design and aero team’s clutches, with the 488 boasting a new front-end, new headlights and a newly vented bonnet.
A set of big new intakes and a sharpened character line dominate the 488’s profile, and the rear has also been given a complete makeover.
There’s slim LED ring tail-lights housed alongside new outlets, all of it sitting above a pair of new exhaust points and a broad diffuser.
The 488’s interior carries a more familiar design, but as with the exterior, not a single surface has gone untouched.
There’s a revised dash design, new switches and vents, a new centre console and a tough new carbon-fibre design to the steering wheel.
Power in the 488 is provided by a new turbocharged 3.9 litre V8, delivering 492kW at 8600rpm and a mighty 760Nm of torque.
If you’re keeping score, that’s a good deal more than the 458’s original 419kW and comfortably set beyond the recent 458 Speciale’s 444kW.
Despite the increased power, however, Ferrari still quotes a 3.0-second flat 0-100km/h time for the 488, making it a match for the 458 Speciale - and for McLaren’s 650S.
It’s not all about acceleration, of course, and Ferrari claims the 488 is “the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car”.
Stay tuned for McLaren’s answer, which will soon land in the form of the coming 496kW 675LT.
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