The Ferrari 488 GTB is, for the most part, a heavily rethought 458 Italia. It may be comprised of 85% all-new parts, but with a near identical chassis and the same basic shape, the 488 is a 458 that’s been hitting the gym – and the plastic surgeon.
We know from the countless reviews that the 458 is a wonderfully balanced supercar, so when Chris Harris was invited to Maranello to test the 488, he kept his attention mostly on the all-new 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged engine. The motor has been the subject of some controversy, as it’s the first turbocharged Ferrari since the frankly legendary F40 was introduced in 1987, but Harris thinks the Ferrari purists will quit their complaining once they climb behind the wheel.
In Harris’ words, Ferrari has reinvented the turbocharged engine with the 488. Not only does it offer loads of torque all over the rev range like other turbocharged cars, it hasn’t lost its quintessentially Ferrari character in the process. He says he “had no idea you could build an turbocharged engine like this,” and that he even prefers it to the 458’s 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8. Now that’s saying something.
Check out the video review below for more of Harris’ rumblings on the 488 GTB, and keep your eye out for the 488 as you’re driving around, as customer deliveries are expected to commence next month.