Ferrari 488 Pista: First Photos Of New Hardcore Model Leaked?

A trio of leaked images are, allegedly, showing us the new Ferrari 488 Pista, a more hardcore version of the 488 GTB.

Shared by FerrariChat, the images are supposed to reveal the successor of the 458 Speciale, which is named the Pista (Italian for track) instead of the rumored GTO.

The 488 Pista features a new body kit developed in the wind tunnel that will improve the supercar’s aerodynamics thanks to changes such as the large front splitter and prominent rear diffuser, among others.

If we’re indeed looking at the real deal, then expect lots of carbon fiber parts that should help it shed some weight over the regular 488.

Lots of Alcantara along with even more carbon fiber trim, a tachometer with a redline around 8,000rpm and sportier seats are among the changes in the cabin.

Powering the 488 Pista will be a tuned version of the 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 that should be around 10 percent lighter than the unit used in the 488 GTB and put out at least 700 horsepower and more than 760Nm (561lb-ft) of torque.

Developed as a challenger to the likes of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, McLaren 720S and Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the new 488 Pista, whose name remains unconfirmed, will most likely make its debut at the upcoming Geneva show, on March 6.

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  • Walter Bova

    It doesn’t even nearly look as beautiful as the 488. The same can be said of the 458 speciale when compared with the 458 Italia. Less is more.

  • Bash

    Isn’t that the classic Basel sauce, oh no wait, that’s the Pesto.

  • roy

    I’m pista-f

  • Denzel

    It’s definitely more aggressive than the standard 488 but I’m looking forward to the true successor.

    • Matt

      ‘True successor’? What does that mean?

      • Denzel

        I mean the next model after the 488.. I’m slightly tried of this design. It’s beautiful and all but I’m just ready for something different

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The 488 Pista-ke.

    What an ugly car. It better be A LOT faster AND quicker than the 720S, that’s for sure.

    • EDDIMUNDO

      doubt it can compete with the 720S

      • Bo Hanan

        I agree 100%! And I love that McLaren is ruffling Ferrari’s Italian feathers.
        Ferrari got too big-headed and I’m glad the competition is shaking things up.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Hopefully we get better Ferraris as a result.

    • LWOAP

      It’s most likely going to be competing with the Huracan Performante.

  • TheHake

    Uhm……. cookooo

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    Stunning, I love the front!

  • Six_Tymes

    Looks great. and kind of glad they didnt use the GTO name on a 488

  • Vassilis

    Seriously, what is it with Ferrari and names lately? Pista does describe the car perfectly but it’s so silly. Also, without a doubt it’ll be amazing but there’s something in terms of design that doesn’t click for me. The 458 and the Speciale still looked nicer.

    • Bo Hanan

      The Pista’s design is what happens when your competition (Senna) shows you up, and then you have to go back to your existing design (488) and clean it up to compete better. Ferrari is playing catch up here with McLaren and I love it.

      • Vassilis

        I’m not sure that’s it to be honest. Ferrari has been releasing hardcore versions of its mid-engined V8 since the 348 if I’m not mistaken. They won’t release a Senna competitor. Each company does its thing. McLaren will release a 720 LT or something but that will probably happen when the 488’s successor is launched.

        • Bo Hanan

          Yes, Ferrari has always offered tuned versions of its cars, but- If you think this isn’t a response to the 720S you’re naive. Its also a response to the 911, which recently entered the 700 (horsepower) club. Stop making excuses for Ferrari!

          • Vassilis

            I’m not making excuses for Ferrari (I don’t need to do that actually) and I’m not being naive. I just know the company’s history. The 360 Stradale was released 4 years after the 360 did. The 430 Scuderia was released 3 years after the 430 did, the 458 Speciale 4 years after the 458 and now the Pista 3 years after the standard car. It isn’t an answer to the 720. It follows Ferrari’s standard model lifecycle. Also, it isn’t a competitor to the 720 because it’s a hardcore track car. It’s closer to the GT2 RS in terms of competition.

            Ferrari’s special models are similar to McLaren’s LT ones. For some reason those two don’t release them at the same time. Maybe it’s coincidence or maybe it isn’t.

  • LWOAP

    Looks official to me. I still think the name is silly, though. Now I patiently wait for the Aperta.

  • SteersUright

    My gooooooodness. This is only second to the LaFerrari in awesomeness and Ferrari’s entire lineup. What a true dream machine, from the stunning Italian design (headlights aside) to the insane mid-engine performance. I truly hope, though, that Ferrari is really stepping up reliability and cost of use/upkeep. When a stunning R8/Huracan and NSX can be relied upon daily and somewhat affordably maintained, its time for Ferrari to match or exceed the quality of those cheaper cars. That aside, its simply gorgeous and entirely lustworthy.

  • AMG_Power

    Im loving this!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This guy doesn’t Ferrari.

  • An Existing Person

    I’m loving it and I’m sure it’ll be more insane in person. However, the name is silly. It’s suited for the purpose of the car, but it doesn’t even seem like they’re trying anymore, and just pulling at random from a hat.

  • EDDIMUNDO

    That’s what they said about the 458 Speciale and the 675LT. We all know how well that worked out.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Special versions are build to study new technical solution and of course we will see them in the next Ferrari. Also are build because they can stay a step behind the competitors and of course for the image. Ferrari has a long history in special version and one off, where is the scandal?

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