Ferrari Announces the 488 Pista, the company’s most powerful V8

The long wait is over for the next Ferrari update as the Italian car maker has announced the launch of the Ferrari 488 Pista. Touted as the manufacturer’s most powerful V8, the Pista marks a significant step forward from the previous special series in terms of sporty dynamics and level of technological carry over from racing. The name pays homage to the company’s heritage in motor sports. Let us take a look at what this European brand car will lay on the table.

Speed & Powertrain

The Ferrari 488 Pista takes its cues from its siblings—the 488 GTB and 488 Challenge. It is a hardcore version of the GTB, which can become evident as soon as you lay your eyes on it. The 3.9-liter twin turbo V8 is the brawn behind the Pista. It generates 711 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, a 50 horsepower increase from the standard GTB.

The 488 Pista accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 2.85 seconds with a top speed of 211 mph. Seven-speed dual clutch transmission pairs with rear-wheel drive for solid handling. Robert Janitzek reveals that the 466 Pista will come with performance-enhancing systems and chiseled in all the right places.


The Pista will feature a front F1-inspired S-Duct designed front diffusers. It will come with a rear blown spoiler resulting to a 20 percent increase in downforce compared to the 488 GTB. The new Ferrari model will also feature the Side-Slip Angle Control System, which manages traction and stability control, the magnetic suspension and electronically-controlled limited slip differential.

The Ferrari 488 Pista weighs just 2,822 pounds making it 198 pounds lighter than the GTB. The two-seater model looks and feels as a race car should, even inside. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that its interior has been “pared-back” to give it a more sports car-esque atmosphere. It can be outfitted with add-ons if you wish.

The Ferrari 488 GTB is race-focused just like the 360 Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale. It is also focused on track performance. It features a Inconel exhaust manifolds, lighter crankshaft and flywheel, titanium con rods, and carbon-fiber intake plenums and a carbon-fiber dash.

The 488 was known for its unobtrusive driver aids. The new electronics package tries to make the peak performance even easier to reach. The Slide – Slip Angle control or SSC package is in its 6th version. SSC 6.0 package includes E-Diff3(electronic differential), F1-Trac(traction control) and magnetorheological suspension(adaptive dampers).  For the first time ever, FDE or Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer that manages brake caliper pressure is also included. The Pista comes with another Ferrari first in the form of Carbon fiber wheels. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Michelin developed specially for the Pista.


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