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Ferrari 488 Pista

Meet the new and distinctly hardcore Ferrari 488 Pista

New Ferrari 488 Pista goes from zero to 100km/h in just 2.85 seconds.

REGULAR FERRARI 488 not powerful or special enough for you? Fear not, as Maranello will soon offer a new, even more focused version, called the 488 Pista.

It follows what is now a familiar route that sees supercar makers releasing even more high-performance versions of their cars in limited numbers and, unsurprisingly, at a higher price.

In Ferrari’s case, past models like the 360 Challenge Stradale, F430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale have provided a harder edge to the mid-engined V8 range. At the same time, these models have gone on to become highly sought-after collector’s items.

Visually the 488 Pista differs a lot from the regular model, with a Formula One-derived ‘S-duct’ front diffuser and a larger blown rear wing, which is complemented by the same rear diffuser from the 488 GTE racer.

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Behind the cockpit, the 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine gets some extra kick bringing the power output to 720hp, while the torque increases to 770Nm. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t slow, with a claimed 0-100km/h dash taking only 2.85 seconds while the top speed is said to be more than 340km/h if you can find somewhere to do it legally.

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Other trick features include new 20-inch wheels that are constructed from carbon fibre and updated traction control software that Ferrari calls Slide Slip Control. This system enables more confident drivers to drift the car more before the computer decides you’re about to run out of talent and pulls everything back into line.

There’s no word yet on the price, though as the saying goes if you have to ask…

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As is usually the case with such models, production is expected to be limited, with Ferrari likely to continue its policy of ‘inviting’ well-known collectors and customers to purchase the car.

While the car will undoubtedly be phenomenal to drive on the track, most will either languish in air-conditioned garages or cruise around London or Monaco for their owners to be seen in.

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