The 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB are just the latest in a family tree of mid-engined, V8-powered Ferrari two-seaters that dates back decades. With some careful visual progress and a major boost in power thanks to turbos. This is a niggle, but the only real one. For the most part, the new turbocharged engine is exceptional. We spent most of our day trying to catch it out of sorts, to detect evidence of lag. There might be some, but it’s well below standard human calibration, like looking for a needle in a fast-moving haystack. The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari engineers. Over the last decade through the XX programme which makes extreme track-only cars available to gentleman test-drivers.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Engine
With its twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 located behind you, you’ll enjoy its sonorous wail, and ferocious acceleration, all the way to 8000 rpm, where it makes 661 hp. A dual-clutch seven-speed is the sole transmission; we estimate a 0–60 time of 3.0 seconds. Ferrari’s revised adaptive suspension provides a relatively compliant ride without sacrificing handling. For those who really want to hear that V-8 sing, the Spider offers a retractable hardtop that raises or lowers at speeds up to 25 mph.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Design
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB cabin was designed to exude extreme sportiness without sacrificing occupant comfort. The design is very clean and sporty while the buttons are very easy to reach. Great thought also went into the new seats which have fixed headrests. They are even lighter and offer extremely high containment while being very comfortable, thanks to new profiles and padding designed for long journeys. The 488 GTB also boasts a new Sport infotainment system with the display still part of the instrument. Features that are completely new and in no way related to 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB. The center console is one of them, now featuring a simpler, cleaner design with less buttons to distract the driver. Ferrari also focused on creating a clear separation between the dashboard and the tunnel.
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