What is the ultimate Ferrari? Considering the Italian automaker’s impressive legacy, that is a very difficult question to answer. You could make the case for nearly any Ferrari from any decade, and that certainly goes for the Ferrari 488 GTB. Even though it is essentially an improved version of the prior Ferrari 458, there are enough big changes to make the 488 GTB unique.
And besides, considering how amazing the 458 was, an upgraded version of it is hardly the worst thing in the world. If anything, it is one of the best things in the world, since the 458 was unmatched during its time. So if you want to drive one of the best—if not the best—ever Ferraris, then head to Lion Heart Lifestyle to try the Ferrari 488 GTB in an elegant yellow finish.
The Evolution Of The Ferrari 488 GTB
The GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta and the 488 refers to the engine’s displacement of 488 CC’s per cylinder. When it debuted in 2015, it was the latest in the line of Ferrari’s eight-cylinder, mid-engined vehicles. In fact, the launch of the 488 GTB marked the fortieth anniversary of those vehicles and the GTB designation is an homage to the Ferrari 308 GTB, which launched in 1975. The 308 GTB was Ferrari’s first official eight-cylinder, mid-engined vehicle.
Official is the keyword here because technically the first Ferrari with those characteristics was the Ferrari 308 GT4 from 1976. Now you are no doubt wondering how a car that came out a year after the 308 GTB somehow came out before it. There are no mysterious time-traveling shenanigans here, the answer is actually quite simple. The Ferrari 308 GT4 first came out under Ferrari’s Dino marque; that marque was meant to showcase more affordable, less powerful models that Enzo Ferrari did not think fit the Ferrari brand at the time.
That is because, during that time, Ferrari was known mainly for manufacturing powerful twelve-cylinder beasts. So, the 308 GT4 first debuted under the Dino badge, but received the Ferrari badge in 1976. A year earlier, the 308 GTB debuted as a proper Ferrari, making it the first official V8 engined Ferrari. Ever since then, those kinds of vehicles have become the showcase cars of Ferrari. Yes, everyone looks forward to their hypercars, like the FXX or LaFerrari, as well as their Grand Tourers, like the 599 or F12, but it is the V8 vehicles that generate the most excitement. And the 488 GTB is one of the most exciting of the Ferrari V8s so far.
The Ferrari 488 GTB
The Ferrari 488 GTB was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre instead of their frequent collaborator, the Italian design house Pininfarina. While Pininfarina’s influence on Ferrari, and car design in general, is tremendous, Ferrari did well for themselves with the 488 GTB, it even went on to win the Red Dot international design award in 2016. The design of the 488 GTB is certainly striking, a sleek, stylish evolution of the sharp-looking Ferrari 458. However it is also highly functional as well since the aerodynamic shape cuts through the air like a hot knife through butter, and the downforce keeps it planted to the ground like some benevolent deity is gently pressing their hand on the roof.
The 488 GTB has an engine that produces 661 HP and propels it to 60 MPH in a mere 3 seconds before reaching a max speed of 205 MPH. A lot of the engine’s power comes from turbocharging, but as you can tell by the 0 to 60 time, turbo lag is not a problem here. Tire shredding handling is also not a problem because the 488 GTB has Ferrari’s Side-Slip Angle Control, which adjusts the suspension to prevent the rear tires from sliding all over the place if you take a corner a little faster than you should have. The 488 GTB has the technology to protect you from yourself.
The interior of the Ferrari 488 GTB follows the company’s traditional design trend of driver-focused, racing-inspired interiors. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t comfortable, the interior features high-quality leather, suede, and carbon fiber materials and the seats grip the driver and passenger in a firm, but comfortable way. The 488 GTB is a performance-focused machine so it does not have an infotainment system like the kind you would in a more luxury-oriented vehicle. Nonetheless, the digital dashboard is suitably high-tech and shows all the relevant information you need. Besides, this is a Ferrari, it provides all the entertainment you will ever need.
Rent The Ferrari 488 GTB From Lion Heart Lifestyle Today
If you want to experience the power, style, and refinement of the Ferrari 488 GTB, then head down to Lion Heart Lifestyle to rent it for yourself. You can drive and get to enjoy the sonorous wail of the V8 engine, the comfort of the interior, and the superior handling. The only downside to experiencing the Ferrari 488 GTB is the risk that it might permanently ruin other cars for you. But that is a risk worth taking.