The Ferrari 458 is to be replaced with a new turbocharged V8 488 GTB model.
The emissions police have decreed that all car manufactures must make a concerted effort to reduce CO2 emissions which means the 458 replacement is to feature a new 3902 cc V8 bi-turbo engine outputting 670 PS at 6,000 rpm / 760Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm. CO2 emissions have lowered to 260 g/km with fuel consumption of around 24.8 mpg.
The acceleration benchmark 0-62 mph takes 3.0 seconds, with 124 mph taking just 8.3 seconds and a top speed in excess of 205 mph. This all equates to lap around Ferrari’s Fiorano testing ground some 2 seconds quicker than the 458 Italia at 1:23 seconds.
The 3.9-litre engine is supported with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with Variable Torque Management which delivers power evenly throughout the rev range, whatever gear it is in. There is a new revision of the side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 - SSC2) which is less invasive ensuring better longitudinal acceleration out of bends. The system works in injunction with 488 GTB’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, and can control the active dampers keep the car flat even under the most demanding of manoeuvres.
The public can see the new Ferrari 488 GTB in the flesh at the International Geneva Motor Show, which takes place in March.Published 5 February 2015