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Ferrari announces new 488 GTB for Geneva Motor Show

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Ferrari's latest marvel, the 488 GTB, will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month as a replacement for the 458 Italia. 

This 661-horsepower supercar provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use, the company claims. It comes 40 years after the unveiling of its first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3.9L turbocharged V8 engine stands at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times. It accelerates from 0-200 km/h in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 330 km/h. 

When it comes to electronics, the evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 – SSC2) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners. In addition to integrating with car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car’s dynamic behaviour even flatter and more stable during complex manoeuvres.

Aesthetically, the large signature air intake scallop is a nod to the original 308 GTB and is divided into two sections by a splitter. Inside, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver.

Pricing and on-sale dates for the Ferrari 488 GTB will be announced later.