With its edgier yet evolutionary design, sharper handling, and the unique sound of a true Ferrari, the new 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB undoubtedly maintains the racing and sophistication pedigree of this iconic brand. There is still plenty of sensual beauty to behold in sight and sound although it is less direct than its predecessor and its infotainment is wanting. Read on for interior and exterior news, engine specs, and price and date of release.
The new GTB is the freshest entry into the existing lineup of V8-powered, mid-engine two seats sports cars. In design and styling, the Italian automaker gave it a bit more overtly racing influence – a role that is a clear evolution from the 458. This was achieved without jeopardizing its comfort.
Exterior wise, the 488 GTB for 2017 looks more modern and technical, although this shouldn’t be mistaken to mean it has lost its sex appeal. Not at all, for those who are hawk-eyed or are seasoned users, the changes are reflected on the new sense of depth in the flanks, and rather flat sides. The interior volume hasn’t altered an inch despite the carving in the sheetmeal which has brought in a new modern design language.
The new 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB, its beauty and features notwithstanding, will still have to battle it out with other similarly powerful rivals in its class. Developed specifically to take on the existing Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren 650S is undoubtedly one of the best cars money can buy.
The 650S intricately blends the features of both the P1 supercar with those of the MP4-12C (discontinued) to offer creature comforts and divine speeds. There are many things to like about the 650S ranging from its turbocharged V-8 engines to the hard-to beat 0-60 mph acceleration.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is the other formidable rival that poses a threat to the market dominance of the 488 GTB. Produced to replace the aging Gallardo, the Italian rocket seems to have everything going its way and not even the M458-T or the 650S can beat it on the track.
In overall though, the new 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB is poised to become the sports car of all time with its creature technologies and performance.
Exterior Pictures and Colors Of The New 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
Once you take a look at the shape of the fender, the headlights, the hood, and the bumpers, you’ll know the reason why the 488 still keeps the design language of its predecessor alive. However, the 488GTB still comes with its own unique identity inside and out.
The bumper’s midsection, of instance, incorporates a pair of vertical struts which compare similarly to those of the F1. Still up front, the front bumper is divided into three distinct sections with gigantic grilles at the sides. The front bonnet sports the mild LaFerrari cues and the feat continues onto the nose.
In overall, massive improvements in downforce and drag coefficient have been made possible by the redesigned diffuser, 308-inspired side intakes, active rear aerodynamics, and the double front spoiler.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Interior Review
The interior is driver-centric and sports a balanced blend of race-inspired features and luxury. The control layout is the same in terms of the angled air vents, three-spoke steering wheel, and familiar control clusters.
The seats are brand new, the infotainment system has new graphics, and the door panels sport a simpler design. Classic Ferrari elements have remained such as the control switch bridge, the multi-function steering wheel, the separation between the tunnel and the bridge, and the on control pods.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Engine Specs
Under the hood of the new 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB is a new turbocharged V8 3.9L engine that is capable of making about 660 hp @8,000 rpm, and 560 lbs. ft. of torque @3,000. This power is then routed to the wheels via the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system.
According to Ferrari, the 488 GTB can get past 60 mph in under 3 seconds, and about 8.3 seconds for a 0-124 mph sprint.
For those who care about how much their vehicle is consuming, EPA says you should expect fuel economy ratings of about 15/20 mpg in the city/highway.
Wheelbase: 104,3 in
Length: 179,8 in
Width: 76,9 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: N/A
Curb weight: 3500 lb
Top Speed: 205 mph
0-60: 3,0 sec
0-124 mph: 8.3
MPG: 15/20 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: N/A
Towing Capacity: N/A
Price & 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Release Date
According to various sources, the 488 GTB will feature a sticker price starting from $242,737 at least for the United States market. Its release date should be expected mid next year.
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