Everything About the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista
Slideshow: No one really knows what Pista means, but then again, no one really cares. With everything turned up to 11, this 488 tears up the asphalt.
No, this isn’t the price of the car, otherwise, we would all have several in our driveway for the inevitable appreciation bubble. This is the cost of the car over the standard 488. Not a terrible amount of money in Ferrari if we’re being 100% honest, but what does the extra year of private college tuition get you?
Aero is the new horsepower so it only makes sense this version goes as wild as the engine that lurks beneath. Up front, the hood and splitter have been changed to direct air flow cleanly over and under the car before following it to a rear wing that isn’t going to be found on the newest LMP car, but does provide additional downforce over the standard body work. It’s all about tiny details that add up with this car.
Pista actually means “track” in Italian so it makes sense that each part of this car has been revised and tailored to do exactly that. Hitting the track in this car, the first thing you would likely notice is the increase in horsepower over the standard 488. This beast chucks out 710 horsepower compared to the standard car’s 661 horsepower. What I like about this car is that they haven’t increased power by 20hp or 30hp. This is a substantial gain you will notice even in a powerful car like the 488 Pista.
How Will it Compare?
The world the 488 Pista lives in is not an easy world to survive in. Around every corner, GT3 RS and McLaren 720S lie in wait, poised and ready to strike. The new Italian supercar will stack up against its rivals and will likely be faster than many of them due to Ferrari understanding how to piece components together. Don’t forget, this company has been tracking cars a lot longer than most and has a serious motorsport heritage to rely on. Little details like gear ratios and bushings will all be accounted for to produce the maximum result.
Pasta, fettucini alfredo, and cannolis are all staples of Italy, but the 488 Pista is having none of them. By cutting out the fat this car sheds 100lbs of dead weight. This is serious over the standard car as 100lbs is a noticeable difference from the driver seat. All aspects of cornering, braking, and acceleration jump up with this weight reduction. Ferrari isn’t messing around with this one.
Another Game Changer
When the Pista comes out it’s going to be a game changer that nudges the bar ever so slightly forward. $40,000 may seem like a lot for the additions that have been added to improve performance, but that is the price of progress in the industry right now. Track focused models like this are reflections of major manufacturers like Ferrari listening to the enthusiast by giving us factory tuner versions of one of the best cars on the planet. Hope you enjoyed.