Testing the new Ferrari Portofino in southern Italy


Aiding the performance of track-focused Ferrari 488 Pista is a 20 percent increase in downforce part of which comes with the help of a Formula 1-inspired S-duct, underbody vortex generators, new front diffuser elements along with the double-kink rear diffuser borrowed from the GTE racing auto and the longer and higher blown rear spoiler. You would also know that when comes to speed Ferrari would point you to its three top and best super cars, the 360 Challenger Stradale, the 430 Scuderia and the 458 Speciale.

In a Japanese publication Autocar became the first official photos and information on the new Ferrari supercar is the most extreme version of the model 488.

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The successor to Ferrari's V8-engined special series which have received critical acclaim for their performance and handling, the Pista is billed as marking a significant step forward in terms of both sporty dynamics and the level of technological it carries over from Ferrari's legendary racing endeavours.

The Ferrari 488 Pista will be on display in Geneva from 8 - 18 March. "The name is, in fact, a direct homage to Ferrari's unparalleled heritage in motor sports", the company said.

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Italian performance vehicle manufacturer, Ferrari, has announced to introduce its most powerful V8 engine to the new 488 Pista which is a more track-focused version of the 488 GTB. The result is a auto with an uncompromising mission: To offer track-like performance on and off the road, even when in the hands of non-professional drivers.

The Portofino, which takes its name from a picturesque fishing village on the Italian Riviera, has more power, faster acceleration and is lighter than its predecessor. The engine also contributes to the weight saving - with Inconel exhaust manifolds, lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titanium connecting rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums - and it punches out 720PS which is around 50PS more than the 488 GTB. GTE-inspired front and rear diffusers, a new rear wing, and subtle underbody sculpting result in a 20 percent increase in downforce compared to the GTB.

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As for the Pista, this relies on what we expect to be an uber-advanced brake-actuated torque vectoring system, which is called the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. It is hard to understand what is so different with this Ferrari 488 Pista, from the 488 GTE, the 488 Challenge and the 488 Spider. "The extra confidence the system gives means that drivers can more easily control yaw angles, even on the limit", we are being told.