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Rent Ferrari 488 GTB in Europe
The 488 GTB was a big deal for Ferrari. Not only because the 458 Italia and Speciale have been so successful – and the latter a former eCoty winner –
but because it marks a change of philosophy for the company’s mid-engined supercar. Gone is the naturally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 and in its place is a downsized,
direct-injection 3902cc twin-turbocharged flat-plane-crank V8. It’s more efficient, but also massively more potent. Ferrari could have dropped the ball by turbocharging the 488 GTB,
but it has achieved the complete opposite and produced an automotive masterpiece. What the engine lacks in character compared with the outgoing V8 it makes up for
with outrageous performance and such drivability that, no matter the gear you find yourself in or the speed you’re travelling,
at no point does the 488 GTB make you wait even a nanosecond when you decide to call on all 661bhp and as much as 560lb ft of torque.
488 GTB Performance
You expect a mid-engined Ferrari to be hugely involving to drive – and the 488 doesn’t disappoint. It’s the new, twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine that dominates
the driving experience, thanks in no small part to its monstrous 660bhp power output and thumping 760Nm torque. As you’d expect, performance is breathtaking,
rocketing from 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds. Yet it’s the pulverising mid-range muscle that really grabs your attention. It doesn’t matter what gear you’re in or what speed
you’re going, the 488 accelerates with real violence the moment you squeeze the throttle pedal. What’s even more impressive is that there’s virtually no turbo lag.
By using twin scroll IHI turbos and carefully managing the amount of torque available in each gear, Ferrari’s engineers have managed to create a powerplant that feels just
as responsive as the naturally-aspirated 4.5-litre unit used in the 458. What’s more, the addition of turbochargers hasn’t diluted the traditional V8 soundtrack too much.
From a low baritone growl through to a full-blooded howl at the 8,000rpm redline, this new unit is as loud as you’d expect from a Ferrari. There are even the same exciting pops,
bangs and burbles on the overrun. Adding to the sensation of speed is the improved seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox that delivers faster up and downshifts. It now responds instantly
to the steering column-mounted gearshift paddles, ripping up and down ratios almost seamlessly. Of course, power is nothing without control – and Ferrari has worked hard to further
improve the 488’s handling, brakes and aerodynamics. The heavily redesigned bodywork boasts a 50 per cent increase in downforce over the 458, yet with no penalty in drag.
As a result, the Ferrari features strong high speed stability and grip.
488 GTB Interior
The 488 GTB is an evolution of the 458 Italia that came before it, although the styling is influenced heavily by the fact the car uses aerodynamics to keep it glued to the road.
It certainly looks different to the 458, with a more aggressively styled nose, vast air intakes on the rear wings and new ‘blown’ rear spoiler that boosts aerodynamic downforce and reduces drag.
The 488 also uses plenty of aero devices already seen on the 458 Speciale, including moveable wings and a bold rear diffuser. Further exterior changes include the option of 20-inch forged alloy
wheels that are 8kg lighter than the standard rims, plus the Spider is available with an eye-catching Blu Corsa metallic paint finish. Inside, the 488 is largely unchanged over
the 458. That means you get the same rev-counter ahead of the driver that's flanked by TFT screens for the trip computer, sat-nav and audio functions. Subtle ergonomic tweaks and an
updated infotainment system are new, as are hi-tech touches such as keyless entry. As you’d expect, it’s possible to tailor your 488 with high grade leathers and trim inserts,
but while the overall finish of the standard cabin is excellent. In an effort to keep the 488 bang up to date, Ferrari has overhauled the sat-nav and infotainment systems.
As before, these systems are housed in TFT screens either side of the rev counter. Each gets a pair of controllers and features enhanced graphics and a faster processor that
makes the set-up more responsive.
Ferrari 488 GTB Specs:
- Engine: 3.9 L Turbocharged V8- Max Power: 661 bhp @ 8000rpm- Max Torque: 760 Nm @ 3000 rpm- Seating Capacity: 2- Transmission: Automatic- Boot Space: 230 liters- Fuel Tank Capacity: 78 liters- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Body Type: Coupe
How much does it cost to rent Ferrari 488 GTB?
The cost of renting a Ferrari 488 GTB depends on the location and rental duration. The price for 1-day rental ranges from EUR 950.00 - 1,250.00 for 1 day rental to EUR 850.00 - 1,050.00 per day for weekly rental. To check live rates and make a reservation start your search from homepage.
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