Meet The Ferrari 488 Pista: The Most Powerful V8 Ferrari In History


Move over McLaren 720S?

After yesterday’s leaked images, the hardcore Ferrari 488 Pista has been officially revealed ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, Ferrari’s Porsche 911 GT2 RS fighter is faster and significantly lighter than the standard 488 GTB, while inheriting components from its race car counterpart, the incredible 488 Challenge. If you’re wondering about the peculiar name, “Pista” is Italian for the word “track” and “a direct homage to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.”

A successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined special series, the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is 90 kg lighter than the 488 GTB, boasting an impressive dry weight of just 1280 kg. Packing the most powerful V8 engine in Ferrari history, the track-focused 488 Pista represents “the largest ever increase in engine power for a special series car.” An evolution of the V8 unit that powers the 488 Challenge race car, the 488 Pista packs a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 710 horsepower, which is 50 more ponies than the standard 488 GTB, putting it on par with the mighty McLaren 720S.

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It’s also gained 7 lb-ft of torque over the GTB, offering 568 lb-ft in total. Incredibly, 0-62 mph takes just 2.85 seconds, while 0-124 mph takes 7.6 seconds before the 488 Pista tops out at over 211 mph. Ferrari isn’t messing about here: those are some extraordinary performance figures. For comparison, the standard 488 GTB needs three seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, takes 8.3 seconds until it reaches 124 mph, and tops out at 205 mph. If you thought the 488 GTB was a sublime-sounding supercar, Ferrari says the 488’s sound quality and intensity is higher in all gears and at all engine speeds in its latest hardcore iteration.

Ferrari has also applied its extensive motorsport experience to increase the 488 Pista’s aerodynamic performance both on the track and the road. The front features a Formula One-inspired S-Duct and front diffusers with a ramp angle to increase downforce. The rear spoiler is also higher and longer and has a more optimized shape. Not only do these components make the Ferrari 488 Pista look suitably sinister, they also help increase the downforce by 20 percent compared to the 488 GTB. The 488 Pista is also equipped with the latest Ferrari technology to enhance the driving experience, including Side-Slip Angle Control 6 E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer.

It’s also the first car to use FDE, a system that automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers. The Ferrari 488 Pista will make its world debut at Geneva on March 6. We’ll be at the show to bring you live shots of Ferrari’s menacing track weapon in the metal.