Does A Tuned Ferrari 488 Make More Sense Than An F12?


If all you want is power, the F12 may no longer be king.

The Ferrari 488 GTB has only been on the market since 2015, but it hasn't taken long for aftermarket tuning companies to give it a big horsepower bump. Thanks to its twin-turbo setup, tuning companies like VOS have been able to pump the 488 up to insane horsepower figures (888 hp). The 488 is so tunable, that DMC has now been able to bump up the power with just an ECU remap and an exhaust swap. With just a stage 1 kit, the 488's 3.9-liter V8 can go from 661 hp to 777. That's more than you get from the V12-powered F12.

Even the hardcore F12 TDF only produces 769 horsepower from its 6.3-liter V12. The F12 is a normally aspirated car, so not as easy to tune as the turbocharged 488. This made us wonder, which would you rather buy? The F12 starts off at $319,995. The 488 is much less expensive at $242,737. So would you rather buy the more expensive V12 F12, or save money and get a tuned 488 GTB? If it was our money, we would still go for the sweet sound of the F12, but you may have a different opinion.

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