Ferraristi have been waiting for the successor to the 458 Speciale – speculatively referred to as the 488 GTO or Speciale – to be revealed before the Speciale even went out of production. Finally, Ferrari has taken the covers off the 488 “Pista”- but how does it compare to its predecessors?
Ferrari announced the arrival of the 458 Speciale to the world on the 20th August 2013 – nearly five years ago. It was the third “special series” V8 Ferrari, following in the footsteps of the hallowed 360 Challenge Stradale and the 430 Scuderia. Production of the Speciale was between 2014-2015, so we’ve been waiting a while for a replacement. Now Ferrari have made it official, what have we got to look forward to?
The most powerful V8 in Ferrari history
Looking at the top-line numbers, Ferrari has managed to eke even more power & performance out of the 488’s powerplant. On paper, that means 50 more horses (710 bhp), a touch more torque, a few fractions shaved off the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time and nearly a second saved getting to 200 km/h. They’ve also managed to lose an impressive 90 kgs of the 488 GTB’s weight, so the Pista makes a very trim 1,280 kg on the scales.
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The Pista generates 20% more downforce than the 488 GTB by using an F1-inspired S-Duct and diffusers optimised for the 488 GTE at the front and an enhanced spoiler (which is also blown) at the rear.
The most important aspect, of course, is how the Pista drives. On paper we know it’s quicker than the 488, but how will it compare with the hardcore 458 Speciale? Ferrari promises that the car sounds better (which should please those who are down on the sound of turbo-charged Ferraris) and that their objective was to make the car’s performance on the limit easier to reach and control.
We’ll find out soon enough, but the one thing we can be certain of is that there will be a significant waiting list…….
Ferrari 458 Speciale vs 488 Pista
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