Ferrari started the ultimate evolution of their mid-engined V8 sports cars with the 348 GT Competizione in 1993. Ten years later, the launch of 360 Challenge Stradale in 2003 spurned a more regular line of successors. Pared back, lighter and more powerful, the special iterated through the 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. The launch of 488 Pista marks a monstrous leap in performance. Aspiration change means the now smaller-displacement V8 benefits from two turbochargers. Whilst the Speciale made a not-to-be-sniffed- at 597bhp, the turbocharged Pista finds itself with a warp speed-enabling 710bhp.
Aerodynamic revisions and extensive weight loss sees the car some 90kg down over the standard 488 GTB, whilst downforce is up 20% with no drag penalty. The 3.9 litre V8 gains an Inconel exhaust manifold, lightened flywheel, titanium conrods, lightweight cylinder liners, new valves and valve springs. 18kg of this weight loss alone comes from changes to the engine. Fantastically for a turbocharged engine, peak power is made between 6,750rpm and the 8,000rpm limiter. 568lbft of torque is electronically governed depending on gear choice, providing a more linear delivery.
Following on from the success on the coupe, the Spider was launched with its folding metal roof offering a topless experience in just 14 seconds stowing neatly out of sight behind the rear seats.
This UK supplied car was purchased by its current owner shortly after the launch of the car to join a large collection of the marque. Used on just a handful of occasions this example has covered just 250 miles from new. Elegantly optioned in Argento Nurburgring and Blu Nart stripe, the interior is tastefully optioned in Nero Alcantara with Extra-Range Grigio Chiaro Leather. The headrests feature embroidered Cavallinos in white to match the white stitching in the car.
This example feels extra special inside. All the interior surfaces are finished in matte carbon fibre, making for perfect harmony with the Nero Alcantara. The rev-counter is finished in Aluminium and the car benefits from a wealth of options. Radio & Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Rear parking camera and of course, front axle lifting system. The Adaptive Front-lighting system is fitted along with the upgraded Titanium Exhaust system, Scuderia shields, Aluminium Brake calipers, Racing Seat Lifter, Electrochromic mirrors and Alcantara floor mats. Desirably this Pista Spider has Apple CarPlay integration fitted.
The Pista Spider receives a number of Carbon Fibre options as standard. These have been added to with further options meaning this example benefits from:
Today this Pista Spider presents ‘as new’ ready to join a collection or be used and enjoyed. It is currently available to view at our showrooms outside London immediately.
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