Ferrari 488 Pista Officially Revealed

Ferrari 488 Pista Officially Revealed

The name Pista, which is Italian for "track" gives a hint at the capability of the 488 Pista, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show.

The 488 Pista is equipped with "the most powerful V8 engine in Ferrari's history", according to Auto Express. To match its rival from Britain, the Pista has been subjected to Ferrari's biggest jump yet between standard coupe and special model. The Ferrari 488 Pista is a hard-core performance version of the 488 and is a fast successor of the 458 Speciale and also the the other V8-engined offerings like the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. It therefore comes as little surprise then that there is now a track-focused version of the 488 GTB - the Pista. Borrowed parts include Inconel (nickel-chromium superalloy) exhaust headers, titanium connecting rods, carbon-fiber intake, and a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, all of which help this V8 weigh less than the one in the GTB.

In order to make the 488 Pista handle better on the road and on track, Ferrari engineers took inspiration from the 488 GTE and 488 Challenge race cars during development of the bodywork. With more power and less weight, Ferrari says the Pista will hit 62 miles per hour in 2.85 seconds and 124 miles per hour in 7.6.

Pista, of course, is the Italian word for "track", and a track is very much where you'll want to spend most of your time with the auto. This helps the auto sprint from 0-62mph in 2.85sec and go onto a top speed of 211mph - near identical performance figures to that of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. In comparison, the 488 GTB needs 3.0 seconds to hit 62 miles per hour and tops out at 205 miles per hour.

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This advanced engine and super motor will have a speed of 100km/h in just 2.85 seconds, while blows by 200km/h in 7.6 seconds. It's the most powerful V8 engine Ferrari has ever stuffed in a street-legal auto.

The torque figures are less impressive with only just 10 Nm (7.38 lb-ft) gained, but there's also the 90 kilograms the Pista shaved off that need to be considered.

The front F1-inspired S-Duct and the front diffusers serve their function very well. The rear blown spoiler has been made higher and longer, and its overall shape tweaked.

The electronics have been tweaked too, with "Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer" arriving to adjust brake pressure at the calipers, resulting in extra pace and predictability.