Perhaps the most anticipated car of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 488 Pista unveiled to a staggering crowd on Tuesday.
The 488 GTB’s lighter, faster and louder sibling debuted in two colourways to the biggest crowd of the show and the general consensus was positive, to say the least.
In the flesh, you could easily argue that the 488 Pista is the prettiest car the brand has ever built, combining stunning proportions, focused aero styling mixed and subtle Italian flair. Barely a month old, the poor Ferrari Portofino could hardly muster a glance as fans swooned over the 488 Pista.
The carbon front bumper directs air through the Pista’s cavernous carbon fibre hood vent or S-Duct as Ferrari likes to call it, which not only gives the Pista an aggressive appearance but dials it in at speed. And at driving at speed is what Ferrari intend buyers to do, shaving 90kg from the original 488 GTB and blessing it with a name that literally translates to ‘Track.’
For the Ferrari 488 Pista, the output from the 3.9-liter bi-turbo V8 has been increased to 530kW making it the most powerful V8 road car in the brand’s history. New cams, a larger intercooler, strengthened pistons, titanium connecting rods, and Inconel exhaust manifolds are among the many mechanical changes versus the 488 GTB’s standard powerplant. Refinements to the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox also allow for shifts in just 30 milliseconds when in Race mode while a new oversteer management system makes the car easier to control at the limit.
The Ferrari 488 Pista starts at AUD$645,000 and will climb quickly with optional extras including 20-inch single-piece carbon-fibre wheels and even the famous striped livery, which is an option you can’t not tick.
If you don’t own or haven’t owned a 488 GTB then don’t bother calling because Ferrari won’t sell you one.