Goodbye Ferrari 458. The 488 GTB is here

The new V8-powered Ferrari 488 GTB will get its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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Ferrari has released the first pictures of the 488 GTB, a new V8-powered sports car that replaces the 458 Italia. Due to be unveiled in the metal for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the 488 GTB comes 40 years after Ferrari‘s first mid-engined V8 model the 308 GTB.

Ferrari says that the 488 GTB builds on the 458‘s considerable prowess by incorporating knowledge from the XX program, which makes lunatic track-only cars for very rich customers to drive. It also acts as a test program for new technology.

The 488 GTB has a 3.9-litre, turbocharged V8 with 660bhp at 8000rpm, and 560lb ft, which means it’ll hit 200kph from standstill in just 8.3 seconds. The gearbox has a Variable Torque Management system which smooths the torque band across the rev range for progressive acceleration.

The bodywork has been designed with aero fully in mind; it’s the slipperiest Ferrari ever, with 50 percent more downforce than the 458 thanks to features such as the double front spoiler and active aerodynamics at the back. The styling also gives a nod to the original 308GTB – witness the large air intake scallop.

Will the 488 GTB become as much as an icon as the 458 Italia? Have your say in the comments section below.

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