Ferrari reveals track-focused 488 Pista

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Ferrari has released the official images of the 721PS 488 Pista for now but the official unveiling will take place at the Geneva Motor Show scheduled to take place in the first week of March.

The hardcore supercar features the same 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the standard 488, the magazine says, but the power has been upped from 661bhp to 710bhp.

The torque figures are less impressive with only just 10 Nm (7.38 lb-ft) gained, but there's also the 90 kilograms the Pista shaved off that need to be considered. Almost 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB with all optional weight savings, the 488 Pista tips the scales at a little more than 2,822 pounds dry; fuel, needed to go fast, will add weight. Incredibly, 0-62 mph takes just 2.85 seconds, while 0-124 mph takes 7.6 seconds before the 488 Pista tops out at over 211 mph. Comparing the numbers, the 488 GTB will do all this in 3 seconds, 8.3 seconds and 05 miles per hour (330 kph), respectively.

Its improvements are derived from Ferrari's WEC and Challenge spec racing programs, with an emphasis on carving weight from the 488's waistline, increased horsepower, and aerodynamic refinement.

The underbody vortex generators have also been redesigned, and the rear diffuser incorporates the same double kink as the 488 GTE to increase the air extraction and downforce generation compared to a traditional diffuser.

FERRARI IS one of the most secretive of auto companies of all, but that hasn't stopped pictures of the new 488 Pista finding their way into the open.

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The Pista weighs in at 2822 pounds, which is 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB.

Helping to control the 488 Pista around the track is the sixth iteration of Ferrari's Side-Slip Angle Control, which now integrates brake-pressure control.

Following an online leak which got us excited, Ferrari has officially revealed the much-awaited 488 Pista before it expected arrival.

Ferrari is not yet quoting a price for the 488 Pista, but industry observers expect it to cost from around £215,000. But from the intakes to the vents, nearly every performance-focused design cue that the two cars share is even more exaggerated on the 488 Pista. Since the 488 GTB is more or less a heavily updated 458 Italia, that would make sense.

Prices for the vehicle have still yet to be confirmed, but could be revealed when the auto is unveiled in Geneva.

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