Ferrari 488 Pista revealed, packs same power as McLaren 720S

Nichole Vega
February 22, 2018

All 711 horsepower is handled by the familiar 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the combination of which is capable of dispatching with 100 kmph (62 mph) in 2.85 seconds, while 200 kmph (124 mph) comes in just 7.6 seconds.

As you'd expect the 488 Pista is no slouch with it only needing 2.85 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour and 7.6 seconds to reach 124 miles per hour. Like its predecessors, the 488 Pista is based on an existing Ferrari model (the 488 GTB in this case), but with a bevy of enhancements derived from the company's race cars.

For the people not in the know, Ferrari also runs specialized one-make series of its own and that has helped gain massive advantages in aerodynamics. The engine also boasts the highest specific output in its class, at 182 bhp/litre.

Ferrari has been as creative as usual with its names - with Pista simply translating as "track".

Before the much talked about Geneva in-the-flesh motor show which is scheduled on (March 8- March 18) this year, Ferrari has unveiled its track-ready 488 Pista today for all its track-ready racers.

If the 720S is 1419kg and the 488 GTB is 1475kg, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Pista drop more than 100kg. The Pista's top speed exceeds 211 miles per hour (340 km/h). Carbon-fibre wheels are not mentioned in the official Ferrari release but they are expected to come with a $28,000 option. To be exact, the 488 Pista weighs 90 kg less than the standard 488, weighing in only at 1,280 kg; that is considering all the optional lightweight parts have been added.

Other notes of interest include a 20 percent improvement in downforce compared to the 488 GTB thanks to modifications made to the vehicle's aero.

This system incorporate the following systems: E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. This is a computer controlled system that adjusts brake pressure to control yaw angles, and without getting too technical, it's basically supposed to make even the most ham-fisted of us look like a driving ace behind the wheel. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but the vehicle is likely to cost around £220,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

The design of the 488 Pista is focussed on functional aerodynamic concepts while the cockpit is pared back in keeping with its very sporty vocation.

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