Ferrari 488 Pista is most powerful V8-engined Ferrari ever

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Its engine is the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and is an extreme evolution of the turbo unit that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award titles in both 2016 and 2017.

Yesterday, images of the vehicle and rumours about its specs leaked online, ahead of its Geneva Motor Show 2018 launch next month.

This is the first in the special edition series to be turbocharged - remembering that the predecessor to the Pista, the 458 Speciale, was the last naturally-aspirated V8 Ferrari.

Going by the example set by the 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is expected to cost around £30,000 more than a standard 488.

Pista means track in Italian-Ferrari could have named its latest Pizza and we'd still want one. Key components including a rear blown spoiler, F1-inspired S-duct, modified front air intakes, and a bold rear diffuser.

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The term "otherwise normal" hardly seems appropriate though, as a regular 488 is already equipped with 492kW and 760Nm.

Indeed, the aerodynamic changes to the 488 Pista are extreme, with the new scalloped bonnet showing hefty modification changes and Ferrari adopting modified versions of the front and rear splitters used on its 488 GTE race auto that won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. Reports indicate that the Ferrari 488 Pista is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100kmph in just about 2.85 seconds and 0-200kmph can be attained in about 7.6 seconds. Other carbon-fibre parts include the engine cover and bumpers, but for a little extra, Ferrari will offer 20-inch carbon-fibre wheels as well. The Ferrari 488 Pista carries on this tradition, building upon development carries out through Ferrari's involvement with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Compared to the 488 GTB which it's based on, the Pista saves 90kg for a kerb weight of less than 1.3-tonnes, or to be prices, 1,280kg.

A new version of Ferrari's Side-Slip Angle Control system, now up to v6.0, adds the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) into the mix. This is a computer controlled system that adjusts brake pressure to control yaw angles, and without getting too technical, it's basically supposed to make even the most ham-fisted of us look like a driving ace behind the wheel.

Fans will be able to see the new supercar in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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