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2017 Ferrari 488 GTB and Spider: Overview

If you’re looking for information on a newer Ferrari 488 GTB, we’ve published an updated overview: 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB Overview

What’s New For 2017?

The 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB and Spider are unchanged after their arrival last year.

What We Like

Amazing styling; amazing performance; amazing technology See the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB models for sale near you

What We Don’t

Very high cost; long waiting list; obviously impractical

Overview

The 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB and Spider are the latest and greatest from Ferrari. They’re thoughtfully chiseled successors to the brand’s popular 458 Italia, which debuted for the 2010 model year. Like the 458, the 488 is offered in two variants: a coupe, dubbed the GTB, and a hardtop convertible called the 488 Spider.

Unlike the 458, however, the 488 has a turbocharger under the hood. That’s a huge step for Ferrari, as every one of the brand’s previous midengine sports cars — going all the way back to the 308 in 1977 — has been naturally aspirated. But there’s no lack of grunt: The 488 GTB’s 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 boasts 661 horsepower and an impressive 561 lb-ft of torque, far surpassing the 458’s 597 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.

Despite the major difference under the hood, you might not notice a lot of changes on the outside compared to the 458. While the 488 has been formed, revised and sculpted compared to the 458, it still uses the same general shape. This is because Ferrari’s midengine sports cars only get a full redesign every other model cycle, with the 458 marking the car’s last complete overhaul.

As for pricing, the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB is as expensive as you might expect: around $245,000 for the coupe and closer to $280,000 for the Spider. Not only is that number before options, which are plentiful, but you’ll also have to contend with a long waiting list that stands at nearly 2 years. Still, if you can manage to swing one, the 488 is among the most impressive cars on the market today, touting beautiful styling, amazing handling, wild performance and surprisingly good craftsmanship and build quality.

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