[LONDON] Ferrari has gone turbo.
On Tuesday it unveiled the 2016 488 GTB, the first Ferrari since the 1970s to use turbocharged power rather than a natural aspiration in an "entry level" engine.
The 488 GTB is a 3.9-later V8 supercar that gets 660 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque. Top speed is 205mph. It will hit 60mph in 3 seconds. Flat.
This is why I put "entry level" in quotes just now. With Ferrari, it's a relative term. The 488 GTB is the first turbo-charged production car the brand has made since the 1970s.
The main point of the new Berlinetta is that it's lighter (by 45 pounds), cleaner and quicker than the car it replaces, the 458 Italia. It also demonstrates the way in which increasingly stringent emissions restrictions have affected automakers in very real, very tangible ways. Its efficiency numbers set a new record for a street-legal production Ferrari. Engineers at Ferrari HQ in Maranello, Italy, eked out those ratings by shaving weight and resistance off the side intakes, the double front spoiler, and the sculpted flanks. There's even an aerodynamic underbody.
Also new are the exhaust pipes (repositioned to make room for the new rear diffuser) and the circular LED taillights. The car will debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
Did I mention this car has 200 horsepower more than the iconic F40 and 230 more horsepower than something rather more pedestrian like, say, a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS? (Are you catching my sarcasm?)
Ferrari says it's fit to use it as a "daily driver." Consider it a relative term. The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its live world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, where pricing will be announced. It will go on sale in the United States during the second half 2015.