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2018 Ferrari 488 GTB: Overview

What’s New For 2018?

The 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB and 488 GTB Spider carry over largely unchanged. Later in 2018, Ferrari will introduce a lightweight 488 Speciale version with more horsepower and better handling.

What We Like

Amazing styling; amazing performance; amazing technology

What We Don’t

Very high cost; long waiting list; obviously impractical

Overview

The 2018 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 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB is as expensive as you might expect: around $258,000 for the coupe and closer to $285,000 for the Spider. Not only are those numbers before options, which are plentiful, but you’ll also have to contend with a long waiting list that stands at nearly two 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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Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More

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