Instead of letting the internet get the best of its new V8 Special Series coupe, a day after images leaked Ferrari released a batch of details and photos on its 488 Pista track-day weapon. The twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 produces 720 of France’s Cheval Vapeur, which equates to 710 of our U.S. horsepower, while torque churns in at 568 pound-feet. Those numbers outdo the 488 GTB by 50 hp and eight pound-feet, and will get the 488 Pista in its lightest guise from a standstill to 62 miles per hour in 2.85 seconds, with 124 mph arriving in 7.6 seconds. Maximum velocity tops out at 211 mph.
We say “in its lightest guise” because Ferrari records the 488 Pista’s weight as 2,821 pounds dry, but with an asterisk that explains said weight can only be achieved “With optional lightweight features.” As of now we have no idea what those features are, but along with other lightweighting efforts like the carbon floor, they help amputate a total of 198 pounds compared to the weight of the standard 488.
Ferrari says the goal was to make the upper reaches of the new Special Series V8 “easier to reach and control,” so engineers poured the brand’s racing toolbox over the 488 Pista. The front S-Duct and diffuser mimic the ramp angle on the 488 GTE World Endurance racer. The sixth evolution of Side-Slip Angle Control that oversees the electronic differential, the magnetorheological suspension, and the F1-Trac stability control, now incorporates Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer software that varies the brake caliper pressure. Even the livery was created to enhance the coupe’s raciness, as if such ornamentation were needed.
We’ve heard rumors that 488 Pista can lap Ferrari’s Fiorano test track faster than the LaFerrari. A better comparison — one we’re more eager to see, and one with a much better chance of happening — is that between Ferrari’s latest and the McLaren 720S. Their specs are nearly identical. The McLaren produces 710 hp and 568 lb-ft from a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8, weighs 2,828 pounds in its lightest fitment, sprints to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 211 mph. Things that make you go, hmmm…
We’ll be at the Ferrari booth at the Geneva Motor Show as soon as the lights go up on this one.