Ferrari applied lessons learned from competing in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship when creating the Ferrari 488 Pista, the hotter, track-focused version of the 488 GTB.
Pista is the Italian word for “track,” a fitting name for a car tasked with taking away the performance crown from the McLaren 720S. Power is provided by a 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 711 horsepower and 568 lb-ft. of torque, 50 more horsepower and 7 more lb-ft. than the 488 GTB can muster. It is also 198 pounds (90 kg) lighter, tipping the scale at just 2,822 pounds (1280 kg) dry.
The engine is the most powerful V8 in the history of Ferrari, allowing the 488 Pista to go from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in as little as 2.85 seconds and from 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in just 7.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of over 211 mph (340 km/h). That makes it 0.2 seconds quicker than the McLaren 720S to 62 mph.
To improve traction, Ferrari’s engineers managed to increase the downforce by 20 percent with a host of aerodynamic upgrades, including an F1-inspired S-duct, modified front air intakes, and a new rear diffuser, and a rear blown spoiler.
The Pista is available with Ferrari’s latest and greatest driving technologies such as Side-Slip Angle Control 6, E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE). FDE automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers as part of a Trick software that helps drivers make the most of the mid-engine supercar’s performance regardless of skill level.
Sales of the Ferrari 488 Pista kick off shortly after its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. Do you now have a new dream car?
The Iconic Volkswagen Beetle Is Marked For Death
Scrap the earlier reports claiming the next-generation VW Beetle will be electric — there won’t be a next-generation Beetle!
Volkswagen’s push to fill its lineup with new SUVs and electric cars leaves no room for poor-sellers like the age-old Beetle, which has seen three iterations to date.
In an interview with at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen R&D boss Frank Welsch revealed that there is no plans to replace the third-generation Beetle once it goes out of production, stating that “two or three generations is enough now” and that the Beetle was “made with history in mind but you can’t do it five times and have a new new new Beetle.”
Those Retro VW fans unhappy to see the Beetle go away will have to make due with the production version of the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz Concept, which is expected to arrive by 2021, while a convertible version of the compact T-Roc crossover will serve as a replacement for the Beetle convertible.
Yes, the VW is heading to the chopping block, but it will be around for a few more years before finally meeting its demise. Did it overstay its welcome?
New, 2019 Porsche 911 Teased, Looks The Same
Porsche has released the first official teaser photos of the all-new, 2019 Porsche 911 (992), and things appear to be the same on the outside.
Presented in camouflage, the 992-generation of the iconic German sports car will have a very similar exterior design to its predecessor’s, but spy photos indicate a distinctively different interior that’s far more modern yet “timeless”, featuring a large center digital screen like the one offered in the new Cayenne and Panamera.
August Achleitner, lead engineer and director of the 911 model line, stated:
“Even where the public might be expecting a bigger ‘wow factor,’ in the long run a certain aesthetic reserve pays dividends… We know where we’re from and where we want to go. The decisive factor is that the 911 generates a driving feeling that no other car can impart.”
It won’t launch with an electrified powertrain like several reports have suggested, but there is a chance that a hybrid version could arrive later on.
Yes, the new 992 Porsche 911 doesn’t not look “all-new” from the outside, but why mess with a good thing, right? Expect a much better car in every other way, shape or form when it goes on sale sometime in the second half of 2018.
McLaren Senna Is Worthy Of Namesake – Hits 60 In 2.8 Secs, Top Speed Of 211 MPH
McLaren has paid tribute to legendary Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna with a very special supercar, the appropriately-named McLaren Senna. Billed as the ultimate road-legal track car, the Senna is as intimidating in appearance as it is in performance.
Senna won the Formula 1 World Championship three times in a McLaren. To achieve an experience truly worthy of his name, the car combines a low vehicle weight of just 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), extreme power, lots of downforce and a new track-focused active suspension system to achieve space-warping performance figures.
It tips the scale at only 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), thanks to the use of McLaren’s third-generation carbon-fiber monocoque, and providing motivation for that lighweight body is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 — McLaren’s most powerful engine ever to power a road car — that produces 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It boasts a massive hydraulically-operated rear wing that helps deliver 1,760 lbs (800 kg) of downforce
This combo allows the McLaren Senna to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in just 6.8 seconds, and to a top speed of 211 mph (344 km). Should an owner ever line one up at the dragstrip, it will complete the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds.
Those are stats worthy of the Senna name, won’t you say?
Only 500 units of the McLaren Senna will be made, each with a price tag of around a million dollars. What do you think?