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Turbocharging Era Has Begun: Ferrari 458 Italia Vs. 488 GTB

Goodbye natural aspiration. Hello forced induction.

We've known this was going to happen for quite a while now, and the very thought of it bothered many fans. Ferrari has continued its quest to turbocharge its entire mainstream lineup with the new 488 GTB mid-engined supercar. It’s like the 458 Italia, only turbocharged. And a lot, lot more powerful. The 488 GTB comes powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with 660 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the outgoing 458 Italia’s 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 punched out 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.

Astoundingly, the 488 GTB is even more powerful than the ultimate 458: the Speciale that boasts a total of 597 hp. The 488 GTB makes the 0-62 mph sprint in 3 seconds flat while the 458 Italia does it in 3.4 seconds. OK, so it’s crystal clear who the output and speed champion is here, but what about soul? What about exterior design? The 488 GTB is clearly a heavily facelifted 458 Italia, but do those added side vents add or detract from the overall appearance? Did Ferrari take the design far enough or should it have gone in an entirely different direction? You be the judge.

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