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If we’re being terse, it’s a facelifted, turbocharged Ferrari 458, which replaces the lovely Italia after six years on sale. But really, the Ferrari 488 GTB is something much bigger. It’s Ferrari’s first turbo-assisted mid-engined car since the iconic F40, and a sea-change in Ferrari’s future car roadmap. And that bodywork isn’t different for change’s sake – there’s a 50 per cent increase in speed-generated downforce, up to 325kg of the stuff (that’s the equivalent of four bloke’s worth of force pushing you down onto the road). Ferrari also claims even faster gearchanges and even cleverer adaptive suspension.
Looks very 458, doesn’t it? However, Ferrari has rationalised the control pods either side of the instrument binnacle, which itself features higher-def screens, and the centre tunnel controls are a bit more LaFerrari-esque. So it feels modern, looks expensive, and the ergonomics are still a touch haphazard, in a good sense of occasion way, not an ‘oh-god-where-are-the-pedals’ way.
As always, the base spec is only the starting point, so the interior can be trimmed and decked out in virtually any style you wish. And as always, you should steer clear of the S&M carbon racing seats. You poser.
Ferrari gave the 488 GTB turbos to keep up with the competition and be seen to give a fig about CO2 (down 15% from the 458), not to aid owners with running costs. Still, 24.8mpg on the official cycle ain’t bad for a supercar, by any stretch. And, as per any new non-limited edition Ferrari, the 488 is liable for a seven-year servicing programme that takes care of all of your fluids and filters every 12 months or 12,500 miles.