Can we go back to full-sized engines now?
The life of the naturally aspirated supercar is one that will end with a whimper, not a bang, and as much as many enthusiasts would like to go back in time and unstrap the turbochargers from the development engines at any given automaker’s test facilities, the fact is they remained through to production. It wasn’t long ago that rev battles were between two cars with large displacement engines, minimal emissions sound killers in the exhaust plumbing, and wails that could compete with thunder.
Well those days are over. The passing was marked when Ferrari gave its entry-level mid-engine car turbochargers.
There wasn’t a shred of doubt that the engineers at Maranello were going to to make the 488 GTB an excellent car, better than the 458 Italia that it replaced, but something was bound to be missing from the experience. Journalists who have driven the 488 GTB have a hard time detecting any turbo lag, but the most notable difference between the new Ferrari and the 458 Italia is the subdued noise that the 3.9-liter turbocharged engine makes. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is not new to turbocharging (obviously), but it too suffers from the lack of an emotional voice. See the two face off in a series of tests before undergoing a rev battle at the end.