Ferrari launches new 'everyday' car at Geneva Motor Show

The 488 GTB can hit 60mph in 3 seconds, is classified as a gentleman’s everyday car rather than a racer’s car.
Ferrari launches new 'everyday' car at Geneva Motor Show
By Lubna Hamdan
Thu 05 Feb 2015 02:48 PM

Meet Ferrari’s latest “everyday” car, the 488 GTB, which can hit 60mph in 3 seconds, flat.

The latest mid-rear engine, V8 model, which Ferrari classifies as a gentleman’s everyday car rather than a racer’s car, has been unveiled ahead of the Geneva Auto Show.

The machine is the first turbocharged car the brand has made since the 1970s.

Created to replace its 458 GT sister, the 488GTB houses a number of impressive improvements.

Unlike the 458 GT’s 4,499 cc naturally aspirated V8 engine, the 488 runs on a 3,902 cc turbocharged V8 with 660 horsepower; 100 more horsepower than its predecessor.

But perhaps the most impressive enhancement is the maximum torque, which has been upgraded from 163lb ft to 561lb ft, and is available from just 3,000rpm, in comparison with the Italia’s 6,000rpm.

In addition, the supercar’s paddle shift gearbox features the renowned Variable Torque Management system, which ensure to deliver the torque across the rev range.

As for the sound, Ferrari engineers have promised a soundtrack that is “full, clear and totally distinctive, as is expected from any Prancing Horse engine.”

The car’s aerodynamics were also given a fruitful makeover, displaying eye-grabbing air intakes and a double front spoiler, as well as an underbody with vortex generators.

Finally, the cabin embraces new features such as satellite control clusters, angled air vents, and instrumental panels. Its design is the classic Ferrari sporty ambiance, with a clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, a multifunctional steering wheel, a control switch bridge and wraparound seats.

Seeing as the Ferrari 488 GTB is 10kgs lighter, and has 50 percent downforce than its previous model, Ferrari has reached a new benchmark in car engineering, beating its rival the McLaren 650S with 0.1 seconds and a higher top speed of 208mph.

The new Berlinetta 2016 will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show this March.

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