The car boasts a mid-rear mounted 3.9L twin turbo V8 engine that produces 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful V8 Ferrari has ever offered. With zero turbo lag, the engine’s application of horsepower feels smooth yet powerful, recording an impressive 0 – 60 mph time of 2.85 seconds. This engine has been recognized around the world as one of the very best V8s available, receiving the International Engine of the Year award in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In order to harness the full potential of this masterclass engine, the Ferrari 488 Pista’s powertrain is designed after the one used in Ferrari’s 488 Challenge race cars. And it shows: this engine will propel the Pista to a top speed of 211 mph. Even if you can’t go that fast on the highways between Chicago or St. Louis, you’ll still be able to tell that you’re behind the wheel of a thoroughbred performer.
The Pista joins a long line of racing bred Ferrari’s for the road, including the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the Pista borrows elements from Ferrari’s Formula 1 car, and seamlessly integrates them into its own look and feel. Included for the first time even on a production vehicle, the F1-style S-duct — named for its serpentine shape — directs air through and around the vehicle in order to create additional downforce. In addition to the S-duct system, many other pieces of aerodynamic technology, such the menacing rear diffuser, help the Pista achieve peak performance.
Improving on many of the things the 488 GTB already excelled at, the Pista allows its driver higher revs, more responsive acceleration, and sharper turning capabilities. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission achieves shift times to emulate the instantaneous shifts of a racing sequential transmission. Ferrari’s Variable Torque Management system gives the diver a helping hand in taming the power and performance of the Pista, managing the rev limits of the engine at all the right times. To further help the driver control this beast, the Slip Control System constantly monitors steering angle, brake pressure, and downshift speed to achieve maximum grip when needed.
The Pista is a technological and stylistic achievement by Ferrari, with its look tied together by the iconic two-tone racing stripe running down the middle of the car. Its style has practical applications as well: with the overall goal of reducing weight to improve performance, the rear engine window is made of a material called lexan. Elsewhere on the car, steel parts used for the 488 GTB are replaced by aluminum parts to save weight. The final product of all this is an exclusive street car that is ready at all times for the track, a fitting identity considering the vehicles name.
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