The 488 GTB was named “The Supercar of the Year 2015” by car magazine Top Gear. It replaces the 458 Italia and boasts a twin-turbo upgrade from Ferrari’s previous naturally aspirated engines.
The body of the 488 increases down force by 50% over the 458, while reducing aerodynamic drag. A new front double splitter increases radiator cooling by force-feeding air into them and also channeling the air over the underbody vortex generators. A newly designed blown rear spoiler integrated into the rear deck and bumper increases down force without requiring a raised wing.
Underbody vortex generators work to reduce air pressure beneath the car. A larger rear diffuser works to increase the velocity of air exiting the underbody to further lower air pressure, in conjunction with active aerodynamic variable flaps that both reduce drag and increase down force as controlled by a microprocessor.
The conclusion of our Ferrari 488 GTB test drive? It’s like a 458, but way, way faster. Worried about turbo lag? Well, bear in mind that the 488’s 3.9-litre bi-turbo V8 (totally revised from the similar-sounding motor in the nose of a California T) delivers maximum response to full throttle 0.8 seconds after your toe hits the firewall. That’s just a tenth behind the non-turbo 458, while a 99bhp leap in power and a colossal 163lb torque surge over the old car deliver neck-snapping, hypercar-territory response. Do you need any more reasons to rent a Ferrari 488 GTB in Marbella?