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Ferrari 488 GTB – Did It Beat My 458 Experience?

Ferrari 488 GTB – Introduction

Few days ago, I joined the Ferrari team to drive the Ferrari 488 GTB. Interestingly, I just had the 458 Spider before – a great opportunity to compare the two models.

The Italian supercar manufacturer is all about passion and excitement. I’m pretty sure it’s the first brand name every kid knows –  there is so much fascination and honestly, I’m also in love with most of their models.

Ferrari 488 Pictures

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Ferrari 488 GTB – What does it actually mean?

GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, it’s the successor of the Ferrari 458. The 488 GTB not only delivers unparalleled performance, it also makes that extreme power exploitable and controllable to an unprecedented level even by less expert drivers.

So, I assume it’s quicker than the 458?

Yep, quite a lot quicker! But let’s see what changed:

  • A unique powertrain sits under the 488, a twin-turbo charged 3.9 litre V8 mid-engine
  • Engine and vehicle response times  (0.8 S and 0.06 S respectively) give the 488 GTB a unique character
  • The 488 GTB delivers 670 bhp at 8,000 rpm with a specific power output of 172 bhp/l, a new record for a road-going Ferrari, maximum torque of 760 Nm in seventh gear

That’s all Greek to me…

The Ferrari 488 GTB runs from 0 – 100 km/h within 3.0 seconds and 0 – 200 within 8.3 seconds with a dry weight of 1370 kg. Really impressive and in many ways: scary numbers. My humble opinion? The Ferrari 488 GTB looks tremendously good and handles in beast-mode. Considering you’re driving a Ferrari, the 488 feels a bit less complicated than other models.

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How can I differentiate it from the Ferrari 458?

Yes, a question I’m being asked from time to time. It’s not easy for a non-expert to tell the difference between a Ferrari 458 & the 488 GTB. But those two details will make it a lot easier for you to understand which is which:

  1. Its large signature air intake scallop
  2. The double exhaust plus LED lights

What else changed?

The 488 GTB is slightly larger (4,1 longer & 1,5 wider), aerodynamics have been improved & the front is characterised by the dual grille opening which channels air into the two radiators. There is also a double front spoiler which, on close inspection, looks very like those of the F1 single-seaters.

Ferrari 488 GTB – The Interior

I have to admit, I expected a bit more here. I hoped they improved the interior, but that’s simply not the case. The radio, its sat-nav and the buttons still look and feel like you sit in a Fiat. I’d expect a bit more these prices.

Ferrari 488 interior

Talking about the price, how much is it?

Ferrari 488GTB – CHF 257.300
Ferrari 488Spider – CHF 285.929

Note


The term ‘Spider’ or ‘Spyder’ (dependent what brand you’re driving) means you’re driving a convertible car.

So, did it beat my experience with the 458?

Yeah absolutely, the 488 GTB is a change for the better. It’s much more powerful, agile and responsive. Another car on my bucket list.
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The New Ferrari California T

When it comes to passion, designed and invented by the Italians – we’re reaching the highest perceptions. Designed by the great genius – Enzo Ferrari – these magnificant cars are just too powerful to be true. But let’s talk about it later.

Ferrari is one of the boy dreams we all have. Driving the California T along the beautiful area of Frankfurt was simply amazing. The landscape comes up with beautiful castles, impressive architecture, endless hills and lakes.


New Ferrari California T

My favourite part of the California T is definitely the rear. It appears extremely masculine and powerful with it’s double exhaust. 


Ferrari Scuderia Germany

The new model of the Ferrari California T has been completely re- invented and desiged.  The brand changed pretty much everything except for the roof.

The engine has been revised, an angry V8 Bi-Turbo with a direct injection fires the new California T from 0 – 100 in just 3,6 seconds. The new Ferrari engine technology has absolutely no turbo lag, meaning you never miss power. Never. Even if you push the throttle in 5th gear on the motorway you have full torque.Over the history of the brand, Ferrari has managed to increase the power of their cars, whilst the consumption has been reduced by 50%. Another impressive fact and proof that only the best engineers are working on this technology.

Ferrari California T Interior Design

In the interior, Ferrari still follows their traditional line. The steering wheel has all the familiar buttons. If you’re not used to this, it might be a bit confusing (the indicator is on the steering wheel).The rest is what you look for from such a high-class car. Beautiful brown leather, solid materials and last but not least the powerful yellow logo & speedo.

Ferrari California T Pictures

What a match, parking this brilliant designed California T in front of a German villa. Good motivation to achieve your goals.

Ferrari California T Lines

Another evidence how lovely this lines of this car have been desiged.

Ferrari Gentlemen

During my break I thought about what makes this car, the perfect car for a gentleman.
It is super powerful, extraordinary fast and the design by Pininfarina is just unrivaled.

The hard top roof can be flapped down within 14 seconds. And even after, there is still space in the boot. It is the most sold Ferrari, and just mass taylored for the every day use. I hope I will be able to drive it along the coast in California one day.