Ferrari 488 GTB Spyder

Ferrari 488 GTB Spyder

Proof of the glorious insecurity that motivates the Maranello folk. The 488GTB already leads its segment in both speed and excitement, but the forthcoming stripped-and-whipped version will be even quicker and more thrilling. Its predecessors have been named Speciale, Scuderia, and Challenge Stradale, but we’re predicting l’ultimo 488 will carry a different suffix. Ferrari would never admit it, but the arrival of McLaren has triggered an arms race among supercar makers, and the track-tuned 488’s mission is to better the upcoming McLaren 720S in all respects. The regular 488 is already quicker than the previous 458 Speciale, so it’s a fair bet that the new car, following Ferrari’s recent form, will be truly spectacular.

It sits on the same aluminum spaceframe as the regular 488, although we can safely predict that Ferrari will shave considerable mass through the use of lightweight materials. If previous Speciales are any indication, it will be at least 200 pounds lighter than the base car thanks to extensive carbonization and the sort of extreme stripping normally reserved for gentlemen’s clubs. This is where it gets interesting—finding out what Ferrari can extract from the 488GTB’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 when the volume is turned up to 11. The last Speciale had 35 more horsepower than the regular 458. Turbos offer the chance to extend that margin greatly, although Ferrari will be keen to retain the regular engine’s drivability. The software will be as important as the hardware, with far more aggressive settings expected for the suspension, powertrain, and stability-control system.

Color

Red

Doors

2

Extra Miles

$8.00/mi

Fuel

Gasoline

Miles Included

100 mi

Seats

Two

Transmission

Automatic

Year

2018

  • Air Bags
  • Audio Input
  • Cruise Control
 

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