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488 Pista replaces 458 Speciale as newest and fastest V8 Ferrari


Heading to the Geneva Motor Show next month, Ferrari has officially unveiled the much-awaited replacement for the 458 Speciale, the new 488 Pista.

While initially expected to be called GTO, the Pista, denoting the Italian word for 'track', is said to be a road development version of the 488 GTE campaigned in the World Endurance Championship, and as such trims 90 kg off the standard 488's mass for a total dry weight of 1 280 kg.

Boasting a blown rear spoiler, updated diffuser, F1-derived S ducts and a new front air intake, Ferrari claims that the Pista can generate 20% more downforce than the standard 488, with additional hidden tech consisting of the magnetorheological suspension, E-Diff, Side Slip Control and the new Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, an industry first system that automatically adjusts the pressure of the brake calipers.

Like the 488, power for the Pista comes from the same 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8, but significantly updated to produce 530 kW and 770 Nm of torque. This means a top speed of 340 km/h and 0-100 km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is entrusted with sending the amount of grunt to the rear wheels.

Pricing for the 488 Pista will likely to be announced at its debut in Geneva on 6 March 2017

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