The first tests of the Ferrari 488 Pista: hurricane dynamics, but verified habitsJune 19, 2018
In late February this year, Ferrari introduced the supercar 488 Pista. Leading Western automotive publications managed to test the novelty, and we carefully read the opinion of colleagues about this car, collecting all their most important thoughts in the digest.
Observers of the British edition of Autocar tested the car on the Italian track Ferrari – Fiorano. To feel the difference between the Ferrari 488 Pista and 488 GTB is easy, and it’s literally felt in everything. Despite the fact that the anti-roll bars and the steering rack on these cars are the same, slightly stiffer springs, an orderly reduced ground clearance, and a reduced weight at 488 Pista give an excellent effect. Their contribution is made by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, oriented to the track, as well as a spoiler that increases the downforce of the 488 Pista by 240 kilograms at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour.
From the stop to the stop, the Ferrari 488 Pista wheel makes exactly two turns, but at the speed of the Italian car behaves not so daring as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS or McLaren 720S. But it is very fast in corners, and not the least role in this is the electronic differential, which allows the car to feel free during the attack of the turn apex, while retaining the “diamond” habits.
Under the hood of the 488 Pista there is a biturbo eight with a volume of 3.9 liters with a return of 710 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. Despite the fact that the motor is willing to spin, it is very easy to control, and the turbolag on this engine is so miserable that it is difficult to find in the world another motor of this type that would react so clearly to the opening of the throttle. The motor electronics maintains the boost pressure when changing gears of a seven-speed two-disk automatic transmission, which constantly allows it to be toned. Of course, the Ferrari engine is not intoxicating as much as the atmospheric V10 Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante or the V8 under the hood of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, whose cutoff is 1,000 turns higher, but it can be compared to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS engines or the biturbed eight McLaren.
When driving on public roads, an Italian car will not please its owner with effective noise isolation. There is a feeling that it simply does not exist, because the noise is clearly heard in the cabin not only from the roadway, but also from small stones that beat about the bottom and wheel arches.
Observers of the portal Motor1 agreed with their British counterparts. According to their feelings, the 488 Pista is not sensed by a completely different model, rather, it’s an improved version of the 488 GTB. The proprietary stabilization system of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer allows you to keep the supercar in a skid at an angle of 30-40 degrees even with the “traction control” off, but even if you turn off all electronic assistants, the Ferrari 488 Pista is a car that will please with precision and will always be understandable the driver.
Despite the fact that the name Pista is translated from Italian as a “track”, the supercar, thanks to the adaptive suspension, feels quite comfortable on the uneven city asphalt.
In general, observers agree that the 488 Pista is far from a competitor to the Porsche GT3 RS, as Ferrari owners tend to wind their kilometers on their cars by no means on the racing tracks. And if they appear there, then only to remind themselves again about the right choice.
Earlier we reported that Ferrari is preparing a new hybrid.