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Mike Stevens | Feb, 03 2015 | 4 Comments

Ferrari’s 458 Italia is dead, long live the ‘new’ 488 GTB.

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.

Although still based on the 458 Italia that launched in 2009, the 488 brings new and more muscular looks inspired by the more powerful F12 and LaFerrari.

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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