What’s New for 2016?
What We Like
Head-turning style combined with neck-straining performance; advanced technology makes it as practical on public roads as it is capable on race circuits
What We Don’t
Cost to buy and own; heavier than some competitors; no traditional manual transmission offered
The Ferrari 488 GTB is Ferrari’s latest midengine V8 sports car. All new for 2016, the 488 offers an expected level of performance and panache at an expected price.
The heart of the 488 GTB is a 3.9-liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is only the second modern-day Ferrari to leverage turbo technology (the other being the current Ferrari California T). With 660 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, the 488 sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in approximately 3 seconds and tops out at over 200 mph.
While some associate turbochargers with peaky engine performance and limited, low revolutions per minute of torque, Ferrari has incorporated a wide range of technologies to give the 488 a broad, flat torque band. If you didn’t know that the V8 was turbocharged, the car’s performance wouldn’t betray a thing.
The 7-speed transmission has also been improved, giving it 40 percent quicker shift times than the 458 it replaces. The column-mounted shift paddles can be used to select gears manually, but you should leave it in Auto and use Race mode to get perfectly timed gear swaps without lifting a finger. Ferrari hasn’t offered a traditional manual transmission for years, though we’d still like this option to get even more engaged in the driving process.
Race mode also alters the 488’s throttle response, exhaust note, active suspension settings and variable-torque E-diff (electronic differential). This advanced differential can feed more power to the left or right rear wheel to help rotate the car during aggressive driving maneuvers. Four other modes, including Wet, Sport, CT-off and ESC-off, can be chosen based on driving conditions.
The 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB starts at around $250,000 and features a wealth of exterior and interior upgrades that can put the price closer to $300,000. Yeah, that’s more than the average house costs, but the 488 GTB is far more than an average car.