Ferrari 488 Pista: Here It Is, Finally

After numerous rumors and leaks, Ferrari has finally made its 458 Special replacement official.

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Ferrari has finally taken the wraps off its newest track-ready supercar, the 488 Pista. It's a lightweight, more powerful version of the company's already fantastic 488 GTB, meant to be the ultimate version of the model like the previous 458 Speciale. The Pista makes 711 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque from its 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, and weighs just 2822 pounds dry when properly optioned. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. As for performance, 0-62 mph happens in just 2.85 seconds, while the 0-124 sprint takes just 7.6. Top speed is 211 mph.

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So what's different? The engine, as we heard from rumors last month, borrows much of its tech from Ferrari's 488 Challenge GTE car. There are Inconel exhaust manifolds, titanium connecting rods, carbon fiber intake plenums, and a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel. The air intake tunnels have been moved from the side of the car to the rear spoiler area to ensure clean air flow. All of this results in a 50-horsepower increase over the standard GTB.

As for aerodynamics, Ferrari has incorporated a front S-duct and diffusers, another GTE car feature. The underbody air channels and rear diffuser have also been upgraded, as has the visibly larger carbon fiber rear wing. The result is a 20-percent increase in overall downforce.

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Other carbon fiber pieces include the bumpers and engine cover. All-new 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels are optional. With all of the lightweight stuff optioned, the Pista is 198 pounds lighter than the regular 488.

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For the Pista, Ferrari has also upgraded its Side-Slip Angle Control feature. The system, which includes the company's E-Diff3, F-Trac, and magnetorheological suspension, now comes included with the "Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer." This feature uses software to adjust brake caliper pressure at the limit to further enhance the car's performance and make the car more predictable. The tires have been specially developed for the car by Michelin.

The car will be shown next month at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. Pricing has yet to be revealed.

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