Ferrari 488 Pista Shows Who’s The Boss On Track Against GT3 RS, 600LT

Pitting the Ferrari 488 Pista against cars like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the McLaren 600LT may seem unfair at first but the comparison gives us a good idea of how fast the latest Ferrari and McLaren are against an established track warrior like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

The Ferrari 488 Pista is one of the fastest and most capable cars available today in the market; it embodies all the latest technologies Ferrari has to offer in order to make it stunningly quick around a track.

With power coming from essentially the 488 Challenge race car’s engine, Ferrari’s latest thoroughbred offers 711hp (720PS) and 568 lb-ft (770Nm) of peak torque. Official performance numbers are pretty serious, with the 0-62mph (100km/h) coming in 2.85 seconds, 0-124mph (200km/h) in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of over 211mph (340km/h).

In comparison, the McLaren 600LT comes with over 100hp less, at 592hp (600PS) and 457lb-ft (620Nm) of torque. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 2.9 seconds, with 0-124mph (200km/h) coming in 8.2 seconds. Top speed is 204mph (328km/h).

The least powerful car out of the three is of course the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, featuring a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine with an epic soundtrack, 512hp (520PS) and 346lb-ft (468Nm). 0-62mph (100km/h) is dealt in 3.2 seconds while 0-124mph (200km/h) is a matter of 10.6 seconds. Top speed is 193mph (312km/h).

Autocar brings all three to the beautiful Anglesey circuit for an all-out comparison that includes a 0-100mph-0 test as well. It’s no wonder that the Ferrari won but the differences between them might surprise you.


  • Belthronding

    i ll have pista,thx

  • Eric Strominger

    why don’t you use a Mclaren 720s for this comparison?? Wouldn’t that be a more fair comparison

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Ferrari probably arranged this and didn’t want people to see its special edition beat.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      It’s not the track-day version
      When we will have that in LT, will be the right car

      • Knotmyrealname

        Then use a Civic Type R. It’s a track day car, isn’t it? The thing is, the 600LT is in the wrong category. The 720 should’ve been in the comparison – track style or not.

  • SteersUright

    Ferrari by far the most beautiful. GT3RS looks old and dilapidated by now, to my eyes. That said, its engine is easily the most exciting and best sounding. The McLaren seems to fall somewhere in the middle. Sounds good, seems to drive well, and looks ok. Were it my money, Pista all day. So much more more beautiful than the other two though it’s way too quiet for a proper Ferrari track toy. It could easily do with a far more dramatic soundtrack.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    The GT2 is a limited run, unlike all the tested cars

  • Howard Turner

    The Ferrari appears to be the far more balanced car. It’s super fast, flat in the corners and grips like a wild cat. Pista all day for me.

  • eb110americana

    For Road & Track’s “2019 Performance Car of the Year,” they included the 488 Pista, 911 GT2 RS, Corvette ZR1, and while the 720S was not present, the Senna was. They tested the cars around NCM Motorsports Park, a 2 mile, 13 turn circuit not unlike the Anglesey track in the video, just a bit longer. I expected the dedicated mid-engine cars to beat up on the front-engine, non-dual clutch automatic, heavier, supercharged Vette–but I was mostly wrong.

    The Senna beat them all–as you would expect from a near million dollar hypercar. It laid down a 1:23.34 time. Not far behind was the GT2 RS at 1:24.22. They felt it was the most livable, but also the most robotic. The ZR1 made it around in 1:25.93 and was the most popular for repeat laps among the drivers–which is likely why it won the title. The Pista came in with 1:27.39. It was also lauded for long distance comfort and livability, though it felt special in all the ways that the Porsche did not. However, they noted that it felt disconnected and frustrating to drive at the limit.

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