Ferrari 488 Pista Is Here To Take The 720S’s Crown

After a leak which uncovered Ferrari’s most eagerly-anticipated model a little early, the Italian marque has just debuted the hardcore Ferrari 488 Pista online.

Previously known as the 488 GTO, the Pista follows in the footsteps of the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale. It promises to turn the already formidable 488 into the best vehicle in its class and snatch the performance crown away from the McLaren 720S.

Sitting at the heart of the 488 Pista is a modified 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that pumps out 711 hp, making it the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history. Torque now sits at 568 lb-ft, 7 lb-ft more than the standard 488.

The results of these figures are some pretty exciting performance figures. The run from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) can be achieved in as little as 2.85 seconds while the run from 0-124 mph (200 km/h) takes a mere 7.6 seconds. That second figure is precisely 0.2 seconds quicker than the McLaren 720S. The Pista’s top speed exceeds 211 mph (340 km/h). Weight is also down by 90 kg to just 1280 kg dry.

Ferrari claims that it has used invaluable knowledge gained from the FIA World Endurance Championship and the one-make Ferrari Challenge series in further overhauling the mid-engine supercar. For example, a host of aerodynamic changes have been made to increase downforce by 20 per cent over the 488. Key components including a rear blown spoiler, F1-inspired S-duct, modified front air intakes, and a bold rear diffuser. These parts also make the 488 Pista look particularly sinister.

Beneath the bodywork, the 488 Pista is loaded with all the latest and greatest driving technology from the marque. Side-Slip Angle Control 6 now comes standard alongside E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. This is the first application of FDE, a system which automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers.

We’ll bring you live photos of the 488 Pista from Ferrari’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6.

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  • Dalibor Milic

    i wonder how many english speakers are going to pronounce this 488 [ pajsta ]

    • Christian

      Jaguaaarrrr, PORSCHEEES, FOURD JYUNDAI! Lamborgjini GalllllllarDoooo

      • fabri99

        Peeee-joe, Reeeeee-no, Farrarrri 458 Spessy-aly, Lansia, Masoradi!

        • DMax

          Nothing irks me so bad as hearing Lansia. Ughrhgghrg. It’s Lan-chah mofos!!!!

          • Skydis

            Well damn, I’ve been saying it wrong this whole time

          • Carlos Gamarra

            same honestly

          • LWOAP

            Wait, really? I’ve been pronouncing it wrong for years?

          • fabri99

            Imagine being italian and hearing such things. Yeah, it irks super hard.

  • Christian

    Who cares! I’m said that Pegouet named the new partner The Rifter…

    • Bob


      • Christian

        don’t Bob, please don’t. Just look at it.

        • Bo Hanan

          I’m with Bob on this one- its “unsaid.”

          • Christian

            that offensive me! You don’t care about my feelings ?

  • Bo Hanan

    I think the 720S will still beat it.

    • Vassilis

      In a straight line? We’ll find out. Around a track? No way.

      • Bo Hanan

        “We’ll see.” And its still nice to see MAC make Ferrari, uh- earn its stripes.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        dude no offense,but we have seen many others out there trying to keep up mc 720s but all failed R.İ.P:)

        • Oliver Moore

          One’s a borderline GT car and the other is a track monster, once the LT model comes out McLaren will take it back.

        • Vassilis

          I don’t think any of them had a quicker theoretical 0-124.

      • Nicolas Puello

        Vasillis, the 720S has been dynoed around 780 hp. much higher than the stated 710. considering the weight difference is just 6 lbs, i think the Mclaren will be faster. also, keep in mind that this is now the track version of the 488 competing up against the road version from mclaren the directly competitive 735LT will absolutely destroy this when its out if it has a step up in performance over 720S like what we saw with 650S.
        Ferrari finally has some competition and for the last couple years they havent been able to keep up. 458 was slower than 12C and 650S and now 488 is slower than 720S.

        • Vassilis

          I think in a straight line it won’t be so straight forward because the Pista’s theoretical 0-124 is quicker than the 720’s. Around a track the Pista should be quicker exactly because it’s the track version. It has more downforce and the lot.

          I don’t consider the cars direct competitors to be honest and you have stated the reason why. I was just replying to Bo. The LT version will be quicker than the Pista the same way the 488 was quicker than the 675. But again, they weren’t competitors. I was saying the same to Bo the other day. Ferrari and McLaren release their direct competitors in different times. It may be coincidence but I don’t think it is.

    • willhaven

      Probably, but Ferrari never cared about being top dog in straight line acceleration. Regardless, Ferrari may have closed that book and decided that being the fastest in every performance category is of paramount importance.

      • Bo Hanan

        Ferrari’s goal was always to dominate in every category while remaining exclusive. McLaren is teaching them a lesson on competing, which they’ve never had to *seriously* do before. Also, I just checked and the MP12C is only 7 years old. Look how many times McLaren has updated-upgraded-replaced that car. Ferrari has never had this kind of pressure on them before. Oh, an Aston Martin is working on their own mid-engined car too.

        • Belthronding Tinuviel

          But,ferrari has been competing *seriously* with another one,raging bull. Never underestimate Lamborghini,pal.

  • Vassilis

    It’ll be an incredible car, it has some fantastic details but it doesn’t give me the excitement the 458 Speciale did when I first saw it.

    • Antonio


      Perhaps experience the car in presence will make you feel different about it


    name sounds not so familiar

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    simply i like it.
    i find myself more mclaren/lamborghini guy than being ferrari fan.
    but v8 mid engined ferraris are all damn red magnets pulling me off.

  • AMG_Power

    Are those seatbelts legal in the US?

  • TheHake

    Previously known as the 488 GTO????? Really?

    • LWOAP

      That’s only their speculation.

      • TheHake

        Exactly. It was never known as the GTO.

    • Well it was speculated that based on placeholder name for patents.

      Is like speculation that Huracan is originally named Cabrera.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Shape is still great. Aero bits look better than I feared.

  • Honda NSX-R

    The 488 Pizza looks nice, I guess

  • willhaven

    Great looking car. I bet it’ll be a riot to the ears and senses lol

  • Six_Tymes

    I hope both Chris Harris and Steve Sutcliffe do a full video review


    The Aventador SVJ will deal with the 488 Pista and I know McLaren is going to make an even more hardcore version of the 720S. So even if Ferrari does beat them it won’t be for long.

    Also, it was never called the 488 GTO officially. That was just a placeholder name based on speculations and rumors.

    • Aventador is not really a rival for it. More like Huracan Performante to me, and Performante has received a lot of accolades despite lack of horsepower.

    • Belthronding

      aventador is beyond 488 by pricing,engine,classification.
      but huracan is direct 488 competitor as @archeridn:disqus mentioned.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    F1?WEC? Bah! it is knowledge Fiat!!!this car is pure fiat car :front -engine,front drive all unit constrction in steel and of course,few performance 0 60 in 12s like others fiat-cars…This car is as Fiat as the BB in the 70´s!!!

  • Kagan

    Atlesay it much more beautiful than McLaren.

  • SteersUright

    What an utterly desirable car. No, the design isnt perfect, but its absolutely a beauty overall. I’d have to thing, though, that the power is simply way to excessive for public roads making this thing a handful for anyone untrained or untalented.

  • Well I don’t know whether to be glad or not, The car won’t be called GTO which is good, but it was named after random Italian word.

    • Axel Cortez

      isn’t random is the word for track, stradale isnt much better as it is road going or road depends on the atributtion, but I don’t see anyone complaining about it.

      • Well I do had a grudge against Ferrari special edition naming scheme, At least the Stradale is common words in Italian car terminology. But Speciale and Pista?

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