Thought a Ferrari is only for experienced, professional drivers? Not any more. The Ferrari 488 GTB, which was launched in Mumbai on Thursday, is looking to change this perception.
The car, which was also launched in Delhi last week, boasts a power output of 670 cv, with engine and command response times of just 0.8 and 0.06 seconds respectively. But high power need not be a concern for amateurs. The new version of the Side Slip Control System (SSC2), aside from just integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, now also controls the active dampers. This makes the 488 GTB’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable, so that less expert drivers can enjoy its potential to the fullest.
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The extreme power required by the car is delivered by the new 3902 cm3 turbo engine which is coupled with a seven-gear F1 dual-clutch gear box featuring Variable Boost Management which optimally distributes torque (a maximum 750 Nm in seventh gear).
The new variant comes in a sleek new design, turbo engine, revolutionary aerodynamics and many other patented solutions like blown rear spoiler, as well as innovative features like the 458 GT-derived aerodynamic under body with vortex generators. Certain design elements, like the 308 GTB-inspired styling of the flanks, are obvious nods to the past.
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The 488 in the car’s moniker indicates the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran TurismoBerlinetta, a reference to its deep roots in Ferrari history.