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.
This UK supplied car was delivered to its sole custodian to join a collection of the aforementioned V8 specials. This example has been superbly optioned in the Ferrari Historial colour of Azzuro California with the Pista’s signature two-tone stripe in Argento Nurburgring with Blu America. The 20” gold forged wheels cover the dark blue brake calipers.
Continuing the colour scheme on the inside, Cuoio leather is paired with Blu Scuro Alcantara with Cavallinos stitched in Blu Medio.
The car receives a wealth of options. Apple CarPlay integration, Radio & Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Rear parking camera and of course, front-axle lifting system. The Adaptive Front-lighting system is fitted and the central rev counter is finished in Giallo. Further options include the upgraded Titanium Exhaust system, Scuderia shields, Dark Blue Brake calipers, cabin mounted fire extinguisher, Electrochromic mirrors and matching Cuoio Alcantara floor mats.
The Pista 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 presents ‘as new’ with just 160 miles 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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