Ferrari 488 Pista Demonstrates That McLaren’s 720S Is Not Invincible

The McLaren 720S so easily eclipsed the performance of its rivals upon its release that any on-track comparisons between the British supercar and a Lamborghini Huracan or Ferrari 488 GTB have become useless, as the Macca has beaten them countless times.

However, Ferrari’s hardcore 488 Pista arrived roughly 12 months after the 720S and gave it something to think about, even though it’s more track-focused nature means it’s not really its direct rival.

Nevertheless, the two have been put head-to-head on a number of occasions, and this clip from The Supercar Driver is one of the best. For this test, the duo locked horns at the Anglesey Circuit in Wales to see which is quickest around this particular track.

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With racing driver Oliver James Webb behind the wheel, the 488 Pista set a best time of 1:32.20 seconds. James then jumped into the cabin of a 720S, which sported a very eye-catching livery, and set a best time of 1:33.05, putting it some 0.85-seconds behind the 488. That’s very respectable, when you consider the 720S is currently McLaren’s base Super Series model and will soon receive an ‘LT’ variant.

That being said, it’s worth noting that the life cycles of Ferrari’s mid-engined V8s and McLaren’s Super Series models do not coincide, so by the time the LT version of the 720S hits the market, it may be a year or two before Ferrari’s hardcore variant of the F8 Tributo is launched. Now, that’s a battle we’re really looking forward to watching…

 

  • donald seymour

    Well, we all know that this is the Mac’s base form.

    • Bo Hanan

      Hopefully Ferrari does too.

      • Omar Fatmi

        Yes, that’s true and all, but do people know that the 488 Pista is technically a generation older than the 720S? It’s not even going to compete w/ the 720S’s LT version. Ferrari has made quite competent car.

        • Marcelo S

          Ferrari will not make a more track-focused version of the F8, as the F8 will only be in production for a year! Ferrari will renew the entire line next year! Ferrari has already announced that it will have a car above the SF90 and so the SF90 will take over the 488 seat that now belongs to the F8.

          • Omar Fatmi

            The F8 might be in production for at least two years, the very least a year and a half. The SF90 Stradale will not be taking the place of the F8. The SF90 is part of a new two-tier system for mid-engine cars by Ferrari. The real successor to the F8 will be a V6 PHEV (reportedly), that will be coming in and around late 2021, mid-2022. The V12 range may get a mid-engine hybrid supercar. But no, the SF90 will not be taking the F8 Tributo’s place in the range.

            There’s a new front engined V8 Ferrari GT coming in next month, and reportedly a V6 car for next year. What remains to be seen, is whether the V6 is for the current range of sports cars as a trim, or for a brand new model line.

      • donald seymour

        You know, I don’t think they fully received memo yet.

        • Omar Fatmi

          It is the Mac’s base form, but what is indeed startling is people don’t realize that they’re not the same generation. 488 is a 650/675 competitor and is based on a 10 year old chassis, LOL. Only thing the Mac does better than the Ferrari and other cars, is straight line performance. Will indeed have to wait for the F8 Special Series version against the 720LT or whatever they call it… should be a cracker of a comparison, that.

  • Mr. EP9

    I wonder if the F8 Tributo or SF90 Stradale would be a more fair comparison for the upcoming LT version?

    • Omar Fatmi

      F8 would be better and fairer comparison for the 720S. SF90 Stradale is a top of the line series production car for Ferrari, one that even supersedes the 812 in their lineup. McLaren right now, as we speak, don’t have a competitor for the SF90 Stradale…

  • The Ford GT is the best to look at for sure.

    • Bob

      Some say.

  • Ben

    I honestly believe the C8 Z06 has a good chance of unseating Ford’s GT as America’s mid engine track weapon.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    A limited production hypercar (Ford GT) and one that will be above these (price and power-wise). Not the best comparison.

  • chumaxa .

    Of course, as the Ford was timed against a Amg GTR on that track (smaller version), and the result showed that the Ford was slower, so to your statement, no.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Riiiiight, a “track ready, series special” vehicle against an off-the-shelf base model. Yes, let’s see how this goes against the LT.

    • Vassilis

      The LT in turn would not be comparable because by the time it comes out, the Pista will be old with less power. For some reason those cars are constantly out of sequence.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Or Ferrari will have an all new model?

        • Marcelo S

          Ferrari will not make a more track-focused version of the F8, as the F8 will only be in production for a year! Ferrari will renew the entire line next year!

        • Vassilis

          Which won’t be a special track version :p Unless of course it’ll be based on the F8.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Can we talk about the hideous wrap on that poor McLaren?

  • Donald Ducko

    The McLaren’s headlights are butt ugly. It’s like looking at a human body without any skin. A human head with the face peeled back. Etc.

    • Denzel

      It is called an eye socket

  • Marcelo S

    Ferrari will not make a more track-focused version of the F8, as the F8 will only be in production for a year! Ferrari will renew the entire line next year!Ferrari has already announced that it will have a car above the SF90 and so the SF90 will take over the 488 seat that now belongs to the F8!

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