2019 Ferrari 488 Pista is a Pièce de Résistance

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2019 Ferrari 488 Pista sheds 488 GTB’s soft-spoken style for graceful aggression as 458 Speciale’s successor.

The Ferrari 488 GTB is a winner on so many levels. Its style garnered “Best of the Best” in product design from Red Dot in 2016. The 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 features compressor wheels made from titanium aluminide alloy, normally found in jet engines. And it pulls influences from the 458, it’s predecessor, and LaFerrari, while also boasting a power-to-weight ratio equal to the F12 Berlinetta.

But what if that’s not enough? What if the 488 GTB is too soft-spoken for your tastes? Then the 488 Pista is what you need. The Drive recently took the latest of Ferrari’s Special Series vehicles for a glorious ride through the automaker’s own Fiorano test circuit.

 

The 488 Pista is the successor to the 458 Speciale, and has the cred to back it up. The 3.9-liter V8 in the Pista now puts out 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, a gain of 49 horses and seven pounds per foot of torque over the GTB. The Pista is also weighs 200 pounds fewer than the GTB at 3,047 pounds with all fluids accounted for.

 

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All that power and lightness means a 0-60 mph time of around 2.7 seconds, 0-120 mph in 7.5 seconds, and a top speed of 211 mph, all carried to the pavement upon custom Michelin Pilot Sport K2 tires. As The Drive says, the 488 Pista “is a hairy beast” compared to the 488 GTB. The Pista loses no performance at the red line, either, continuing to keep the fuel flowing as the gears run up on the line before shifting to the next gear.

2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

 

All in all, the 488 Pista is the sum of its race-bred influences, “from Formula One to the World Endurance Championship Ferrari 488s to the Ferrari Challenge spec series. It’s loud, it’s proud, and it’s the hardest 488 you can legally drive on the street.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected]

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