Ferrari 488 Pista

   Ferrari 488 Pista

Clever safety features let even amateurs get the best of Ferrari’s latest – the Ferrari 488 Pista – and the English translation of Pista? Track!

Be still my beating heart. It’s Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with an opinion piece on the upcoming Ferrari 488 Pista. The guys from Autoweek, are some lucky dudes. Not only do they get the early heads up on most of the important market entries, they even get to drive these ‘works of art’ when they launch. The Ferrari 488 Pista is due for release at the Geneva Motor Show shortly and as Autoweek say in their extended article, it’s a car that even (well healed) average people can afford to buy. At a ‘couple of hundred grand’ in the US, here in Australia, it will set you back over double that amount. The ‘standard’ Ferrari 488 GTB runs out at $469,988 plus on roads which takes it, at least here in Queensland, to a checkbook crushing circa half a million dollar ($500,000) price. How do they get it ‘so cheap’ in the USA? With currency conversions, that equates to about $300,000 here.

So as the previous owner of two Ferrari’s (430 and 458) which were sold years ago, I think have an appreciation for this marque. Now if only Hebert Appleroth would consider me for the Ferrari Australia press group (even just in Australia Herbert – please?) I’d guarantee an extensive opinion piece on what I consider to be the world’s sexiest cars.

Here’s what Wes Rynal, Autoweek’s editor since 2009 has to say about the Ferrari 488 Pista.

“Following the 430 Scuderia, 458 Speciale and 488 Challenge comes Ferrari’s latest racing-inspired V8-powered beast, the 488 Pista, which will be on Ferrari’s Geneva motor show stand Tuesday, March 6. The show opens to the public March 8 through 18 if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

Ferrari touts its racing chops for the Pista’s performance boost, specifically its five FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE class manufacturers’ titles. The car’s development evolved directly from GTE, Ferrari said.

The Pista is more powerful and lighter than the 488 GTB and has better aerodynamics, according to Ferrari. Did we say more powerful? Indeed, the turbo V8 cranks out 50 more horsepower, for a maximum of 710, while torque stays about the same at 568 lb-ft. The Pista weighs a mere 2,822 pounds, 200 pounds lighter than the GTB, thanks to carbon-fiber intake plenums, a lighter crankshaft, and flywheel and titanium connecting rods. The car can hit 62 mph in 2.85 seconds and has a top speed of 211 mph. That should suffice.

Ferrari 488 Pista
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The gorgeous exterior is all about aerodynamics and downforce. The new front and rear diffusers are “inspired by” (Ferrari’s words) the 488 race car. The vortex generators are new and the rear spoiler is higher and longer than the GTB. Ferrari says it all adds up to 20 percent more downforce than your garden-variety 488.

Ferrari says it wants the Pista’s “full potential” available to “all drivers, professional or otherwise.” To that end, the company is introducing what it calls Dynamic Enhancer. It uses Ferrari-developed software to adjust brake applications, making the car more forgiving and predictable in on-the-limit corners. The Side-Slip Angle Control is also new (this is version 6.0), working with the E-Diff 3 and the magnetic shocks, allowing some power-on oversteer.”



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