Ferrari 488 Pista: price, specs and release

Hardcore Ferrari 488 leaked in full

At the rear there is a new design of diffuser, which is similar to that of the 488 GTE endurance racer. Like the hardcore Ferraris of generations past, the 488 Pista has been optimized for track use by borrowing some parts from Ferrari's motorsports efforts.

Pista means track in Italian-Ferrari could have named its latest Pizza and we'd still want one.

The Ferrari 488 Pista will be physically revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Indeed, the 488 Pista apparently increases overall downforce by a whopping 20-percent. It's the most powerful V8 engine Ferrari has ever stuffed in a street-legal vehicle.

Ferrari will open orders for the 488 Pista following its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from 8 to 18 March, Autocar reports.

It follows in the tyre tracks of cars such as the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. Since the 488 GTB is more or less a heavily updated 458 Italia, that would make sense. Essentially, the 488 Pista is a more lightweight and much more powerful variant of the 488 GTB.

Hardcore Ferrari 488 leaked in full
Ferrari 488 special-edition dubbed Pista

Put all this together, and the 488 Pista sprints from 0-100km/h in less than 2.9 seconds, and tops out at 340km/h. The Pista gets a 709bhp engine derived from the 488 Challenge racecar, and will also feature newly revised bodywork working towards maximising downforce and reduce drag.

Driving dynamics of the auto have been improved due to the introduction of version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system. But Ferrari isn't very good at releasing exact top speed figures, though, so it simply says the Pista can do "in excess of 211mph" as its top speed.

Ferrari's sixth version of its Side-Slip Angle Control (SSC) system is present to tame all that power, and includes the following systems: E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE).

Aerodynamic efficiency has also been improved for the Pista edition. Put simply, this new component uses software to adjust the braking pressure at each caliper individually at the limit in order to make the vehicle more predictable under corner braking.

The 488 special edition wasn't expected to be officially revealed until Geneva, but Maranello has been scrambling to plug leaks for months now, with images and technical information seeping out since late previous year.

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