Ferrari 488 Pista announced

Ferrari 488 Pista announced

It is claimed to do zero to 100 kmph in just 2.85 seconds and can run to 200 kmph in a highly impressive 7.6 seconds. For comparison, the standard 488 GTB needs three seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, takes 8.3 seconds until it reaches 124 mph, and tops out at 205 mph.

The 488 Pista (Italian for track) is a considerably leaner machine than its GTB counterpart with a 90kg savings showing in its 1280kg kerb weight. The Pista gets a 709bhp engine derived from the 488 Challenge racecar, and will also feature newly revised bodywork working towards maximising downforce and reduce drag.

Ferrari teased the upcoming motor on it's official Facebook page last week with brief glimpses of the auto being thrashed on the track in fast-paced footage packed with wheel spins and howling engine notes.

It's not just more power at work, here, however, even if the 488 Pista does have the largest ever increase in engine grunt for a special series auto.

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.

Well, well, well, if it isn't the Ferrari 488 Pista - all 720 horsepower of it, and each one going through the rear wheels.

The Ferrari 488 Pista will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The top speed is 211 miles per hour - 6 MPH better than the standard GTB. We also here that the Pista benefits from a more hardcore shift strategy for the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and the addition of carbon fiber body panels and wheels, the latter shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The redesigned front end should give extra downforce and stability (said to be 20 per cent more aerodynamically efficient) while the rear end has had a slight makeover as well. The 488 Pista isn't just sleeker, either, it produces 20 percent greater downforce than the GTB, in part courtesy of a Formula 1-style S-duct, which reroutes air from beneath the auto to above. The front end has a new diffuser inspired by the 488 GTE's, while the rear diffuser also benefits from development of the GTE racing auto. Version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system has been installed, incorporating E-Diff3, F1-Trac and the magnetorheological suspension (SCM). There's a new system called Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE), which electronically adjust brake pressure.