2018 Ferrari 488 Pista unveiled

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Today, Ferrari unveiled the all new 488 Pista, a track-focused version of the 488 GTB.

Let’s start off with the name. Instead of using one of their previous track nameplates (Scuderia, Challenge Stradale, Speciale) Ferrari have used a new name – Pista. In Italian, it means ‘race track’ – seems pretty fitting then.

In the engine bay behind the passengers is an updated version of the regular 488’s 3.9L twin-turbo V8, which now produces 530kW of power and 770Nm of torque (38kW and 10Nm more than the GTB). 0-100km/h takes 2.85 seconds and 0-200km/h takes 7.6 seconds, towards a top speed of 340km/h.

The Pista is not just about more power – Ferrari have managed to shave 90kg off the 488’s kerb weight. Aero wise, it has been completely overhauled –  the front splitter now bears the same angle as the 488 GTE race car, while an S-duct at the front draws air from the bottom of the nose and sends it out of the gigantic bonnet vent. Further, the rear spoiler has been modified to predouce more downforce – 20% more than the regular 488 GTB.

Ferrari have also bundled in some cool electronic assists, including an E-Differential, an F1-style traction control system, magnetically controlled dampers, Ferrari’s own Side Slip Control 6.0 control system and something called Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer – a system that uses software to adjust the brake pressure at each caliper and help the car to stop more effectively.

The Ferrari 488 Pista goes on sale in Australia later this year for a pricey $645,000 drive away. What do you think of it? What do you like, and what are you Pista-bout? Let me know in the comments down below.

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