Watch The Inimitable 661-HP Ferrari 488 GTB Hot Lap The Nurburgring


This is the hot lap we've been waiting for all along.

We were always under the impression that Ferrari would never go the route of turbocharging, until they released a turbocharged supercar of course. The replacement to the 458 Italia is the 488 GTB and Ferrari gave it a small capacity V8 powerplant measuring in at just 3.9 liters. But thanks to a pair of turbochargers the car pushes out a stonking 661 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated that to an insanely quick cog-swapping, F1-derived seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

A brilliant combination to be sure, and it will likely never be seen driving at ten tenths on public roads, but Nordschleife is a different kind of public road.

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That setup allows the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from the line to 62 mph in just three seconds flat and it will reach 124 mph in the time most streetcars hit 62 - only 8.3 seconds. If you have the space and nerves of steel, it will then run on to a top speed of 205 mph. The car is almost the cheapest you can buy from Ferrari, even though those specs suggest otherwise. On the Nordschleife, the 488 GTB posted an brilliant lap time of 7:21,63, which puts it at number 16 in the fastest cars to take on the 'Ring with race driver Christian Gebhardt at the wheel. The 458 GTB also owns the 15th spot on the list with a time of 7:21,00 flat at the hands of an unnamed test driver. That's a proper value-for-money supercar!

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