Ferrari opened new doors with its twin-turbocharged 488GTB model, especially on the tuner front.
That’s because unlike its previous naturally-aspirated offerings, the new turbocharged engines are simply easier to modify, and it’s all a matter of time until we see obscenely powerful 488 GTBs everywhere. For instance, German tuning company VOS already has a head start on the matter.
The firm’s name is an acronym representing Vision of Speed, and according to its managing director, Michael Keller, its philosophy revolves around crafting and tailoring bespoke aftermarket products, without spoiling the base car’s character.
“Each vehicle appears with its own character. Knowing the character in detail is the basic prerequisite. In order to compose an inventive or extending interpretation of the existing material, the true art is to strike the right “note” if implanting the slightest adjustment into the individual automobile DNA. I like to compare our work with the tuning of a Stradivari. If handling it incorrectly or too insensitive, the soul of such an extraordinary masterpiece can be destroyed in an instant.”
That said, VOS isn’t shy about pumping the 488 GTB’s stock 3.9-litre bi-turbo V8 to outrageous power outputs, making it develop – using the stage 3 performance increase – no less than 900 PS (888 HP) and a brute 910 ft.-lbs. (1233 Nm) of torque. So much for keeping it true to its nature, right?
But if raw power is not your sweet spot, you’ll be happy to learn that VOS also offers a 750 PS (740 HP)/ 810 ft.-lbs. (1098 Nm) of torque variant, and an 830 PS (819 HP)/ 860 ft.-lbs. (1166 Nm) of torque option. Pretty neat, huh? All this power translates into an aggressive acceleration – according to VOS – albeit the tuner didn’t offer additional performance figures.
On the visual side, the car received a carbon-outfit, composed of front and side sills, a multi-part, diffuser, mirror caps and tailored intake, nothing too outrageous that would indicate the potency under the hood, although the vehicle’s contrasting carbon fiber inserts and dynamic stance could be a giveaway.
A set of 21-inch Loma wheels wrapped in 225/35 – 325/25 tires are responsible for putting the power on the asphalt, offering the 488 GTB an aggressive stance in the process.