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Ferrari 488 Pista Is The Latest 700-Horsepower Prancing Pony

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Real racecar parts make it one mean machine

Ferrari has officially taken the wraps off the 488 Pista at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It's the ultimate road-going expression of the 488, with 720 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque from its 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, and a curb weight of just 2,822 pounds. Power makes its way to the road via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The combination propels the Pista to 62 mph in a claimed 2.85 seconds, while the 0-124 sprint takes just 7.6, before slinging it to a top speed of 211 mph.

The engine borrows much from Ferrari's 488 Challenge car. It gets titanium con rods, Inconel exhaust manifolds, carbon-fiber intake plenums, and a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel. Helping boost performance further, the air intake tunnels have been moved from the flanks to the rear spoiler area to optimize clean air flow. All of this results in a 50-horsepower increase over the standard GTB along with an overall lighter engine. The real star of the show is aerodynamics. Ferrari has incorporated a front S-duct and underbody diffusers borrowed from its WEC championship winning GTE car. The rear diffuser was also borrowed from the GTE car. In total, the Pista produces 20-percent more downforce than a standard 488

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In terms of vehicle dynamics, Ferrari has given the Pista its latestversionof the company's Side-Slip Angle Control system. It incorporates E-Diff3, F-Trac, and magnetorheological suspension in order to allow you to better control lateral motion at high speeds—which really just means you can oversteer like a pro. There's also something called the "Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer," which uses software to adjust brake caliper pressure at the limit to further enhance the car's performance and make it more predictable. Special tires developed for the car by Michelin provide the 488 Pista its contact patches to terra firma.

All-new 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels are optional, along with carbon bumpers, and a carbon engine cover. Inside the car also gets carbon touches that mingle with Alcantara and aluminum bits. With all of the proper lightweight stuff optioned, the Pista is nearly 200 pounds lighter than the regular 488. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but as always with Ferrari, if you have to ask, Chevrolet will gladly sell you a ZR1.