The Ferrari 488 Pista debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018 and swiftly took the super-car limelight.
When a car shares the Italian derived name for ‘track’, it is a fair assumption that is going to have taken inspiration from the racing world.
In fact, Ferrari stated that the 488 Pista encompasses ‘all of the experience built up on the world’s circuits by the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE’ (the Maranello organised Ferrari Challenge). The 488 GTE has taken 35 out of the 50 races it has run to date. So, it’s certainly fair to say that the Pista is more than racing track worthy.
The Pista’s performance specs are impressive. The newly released model’s 3.9 liter engine boasts Ferrari’s most powerful V8 ever, alongside a colossal 711 bhp, a sizable increase over the 661bhp of the previous GTB model. This all contributes to an unmistakable Ferrari sound, roaring louder than ever before.
It manages 0-62mph in 2.85 seconds and features a ‘Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer’ which works by adjusting the brake pressure at the calipers. This gives the car heightened predictability when accelerating through and out of corners.
The 488 Pista’s aerodynamic efficiency has been dramatically improved by 20% from the 488 GTB. This is due, firstly, to the F1 derived S-duct, making its first ever appearance on a road car.
Secondly, the new thermal efficiency technology derived from the 488 Challenge, provides the car with an unrivaled radiator cooling system.
The Ferrari 488 Pista is incredibly lightweight; 90kg lighter than the previous model to be precise, with weight reductions concentrated in the most weight-sensitive areas of the car. This, combined with a carbon focus on materials such as the rims contribute to the outstanding agility and responsiveness that this super car offers.
Now, how much does would a brand-new, state of the art Ferrari 488 Pista set me back you ask? Well, no official price has been announced. However, The Week has reported that it is expected to cost around £215,000 ($305,000), making it £32,000 ($45,000) more expensive than the previous model.
You be the judge on whether it’s worth splashing the extra cash.