Speed dubbed special edition versions of standard production siblings is no new thing. Lamborghini has been doing this for some time with its “Super Veloce” or “Super Velocity” models and Ferrari threw out the zest and eloquence of Italian-sounding terms with its latest V12 offering called the 812 “Superfast”. Talk about getting straight to the point. Well, in keeping the tradition alive, Ferrari has called the new track version of the 488 GTB the 488 “Pista”… which literally means race track in Spanish and Italian. With a name like that there’s not much more we need to say… The 488 Pista is well, a track weapon.
This newly revised variant of the mid-engined V8 donor car has, of course, increased power and some new aerodynamic trickery. In fact Ferrari itself has called it the “most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.” It does punch out 720 horsepower after all in comparison to the standard 650 offered by the 488 GTB and Spyder. As is expected from a track-spec version of a supercar the 488 Pista has also shed some weight. In comparing the newest offering with the F430 Scuderia and the 458 Speciale, it’s older siblings in the track-spec genealogy, on paper the 488 Pista seems to carry on the tradition well. If we’re being honest we weren’t massively thrilled with the refreshed look from the standard 488 GTB when it first came out, we felt like the designers got a little sluggish in enhancing the 458’s design language and weren’t fully successful in pushing the model forward into the future. This new aerodynamic package however is stunning. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the 488 Pista on the track and seeing what it has to offer. Photo © Ferrari S.p.A.