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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

We had discussed the supercars a lot of times. And even shared a lot about the ultra-performance variants of the supercars. Well, every time the discussion roamed around hyperpower, mad driving approach and a whole lot of fun.

After we drove the Ferrari 488 Pista we realized the same that it is an uplift version of the standard 488. There have been too many changes made to this car. The powertrain has been rated high to achieve more power stages and the design has been slightly altered to adjust the new performance details. Further, the Pista is smarter than the standard 488.

Well, just like a month back the 488 Pista was introduced during the Geneva Motor Show. This car is the most powerful model in the whole series. Even the finest trims fall short of it. And not just the finest trims, the race versions are even weaker than the Pista.

The “Pista” is actually an Italian word meaning “Track”. Well, the design does not really seem like it has been created only for the tracks. And even the interior setting does not make it qualify only for the legal races. Actually, the 488 Pista is the pleasure ride that has a lot of power that can really make you enjoy your every move. But still, as per the present news, the Pista is only designed for the tracks, rather than roads.

As far as the pricing is concerned, the Pista would definitely be expensive than the standard 488. Well, the present log is around $300,000 or slightly more. But later the exact price would be available in the market.

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3.9 L7 – speed automatic710 hp568 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
2.8s211 mphCoupe13 city/ 17 highway


Hood of 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

The Ferrari 488 Pista comes with the same 3.9 L twin-turbo V8 engine. The caliber has been increased to match the track variant competitors. Even the performance capabilities have been enhanced to level up. Well, the Pista gets 49 more horses, making it a 710 hp car. While the torque has just jumped 7 lb-ft up.

Ahead of that, the 488 Pista gets the same transmission system. But it has been improved to a faster shifting mode. On the Race Mode, this 7-speed dual clutch automatic takes 0.3 seconds to transmit the gear. Well, that is the real reflection of the performance-based dual-clutch transmission.

Most of the performance mechanism has been borrowed from the Ferrari 488 Challenge. Like the camshafts, intercooler, titanium rods and the Inconel exhaust. Well, this all made it a powerful car to entertain the spectators. And in a way, it is one of the most powerful Ferrari existing today.

Further, the whole drivetrain has been worked out to lose some weight. Well, that was necessary while developing a faster version for the 488. Thanks to the titanium specs, that helped in reducing some pounds. Because of this call, the 488 Pista is faster than the standard 488. The 0-62 mph score for this car is 2.8 seconds. Well, in some records, it is 2.85 seconds. But we would stay a bit more aggressive about the performance. And nevertheless, the 488 Pista can deliver 211 mph as her track best.

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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Exterior

Crafting the performance version of a supercar evenly required a compatible exterior. Especially the aerodynamics were required to be sharpened up. Well, for all that, the Ferrari has revised the exterior designing for the 488 Pista.

The improvements include the new sports bumpers with the larger vents, race type nose, fresh diffusers, race type livery, pumped side skirts and the new spoilers. Further, the aerodynamic application on this car has been heavily enhanced. Now it gets up to 20% of more downforce than the standard 488.

Besides the aerodynamics and cosmetic improvement, the 488 Pista is lighter than the standard model. It lost almost 199 lbs of weight. And the credit for it goes to the lighter drivetrain and agile exterior parts.

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Interior of 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

Along with the exterior, there is some decent change made to the interior. This car comes with the full black interior comprised of the carbon fiber trim with red accent. The carbon fiber is even on the center console. Further, the 488 Pista comes with the sports duck leather seats. And it gets the race type mats. While the rest of the interior appointment is almost similar to the standard 488.

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Features of 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista

As like the rest of the modern Ferraris, the 488 Pista comes with the driver’s cluster infotainment system. Well, it displays the performance log, multimedia options, tachometry and the navigation. Further, there are various F1 based vehicle stability controls available for this car that is very helpful for the drivers.

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2018 Ferrari 488 Pista Safety

The 488 Pista gets a number of race type safety features. Besides the basic safety, the Pista gets the E-Diff3, the F1-Trac, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. These are the stability and traction control features that enhance the ride quality and handling of the car. Further, the 488 Pista comes with the brake pressure adjuster that distributes the brake force accordingly. Certainly, this is what we can the EBD.

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McLaren 720S

The McLaren 720S and the Ferrari 488 Pista are the similar caliber cars. The 720S has the same power rating and the performance specs. And the aerodynamic application is even quite similar in both the cars. Certainly, they are the perfect competitors for each other.

The new Ferrari 488 Pista is one of the amazing cars to drive. It has optimist power, perfect exterior, and active interior. She is indeed one of the best cars for sporting.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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