Pista Résistance? Beefiest Ferrari 488 Guns It for Geneva

Ferrari 488 Pista; Manufacturer images

CARS.COM — Ferrari announced a new, track-focused version of its 488 sports car ahead of the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show: the 488 Pista. The 488 Pista is heralded as the successor to Ferrari's special-edition V-8 models, which began with the 360 Challenge Stradale before evolving into the 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale.

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The 488 Pista features a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 that produces a maximum of 711 horsepower and 568 pounds-feet of torque. That's an extra 51 hp and 8 pounds-feet over the 488 GTB, the previous holder of the "most powerful Ferrari 488" title.

Based on my fluent Italian, "Pista" translates to "track" in English, and the 488 Pista borrows heavily from actual Ferrari racecars to put that power to good use. The front spoiler's angle is taken directly from the 488 GTE endurance racer, and the rear spoiler has been redesigned, as well. The result is a 20 percent increase in downforce over the 488 GTB.

Racing experience also helped to lighten the 488 Pista. Nearly 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB with all optional weight savings, the 488 Pista tips the scales at a little more than 2,822 pounds dry; fuel, needed to go fast, will add weight. (So will a driver.) For an American-friendly comparison, Dodge quotes the 2018 Challenger Hellcat Widebody — the more turn-friendly of the Hellcats — at slightly less than 4,500 pounds with an automatic transmission. And that has 4 fewer ponies than the 488 Pista.

What does that mean in performance numbers? According to Ferrari, the 488 Pista will hit 62 mph (or 100 kilometers per hour) in 2.85 seconds and twice that speed in 7.6 seconds; selective rounding to the nearest tenth is en vogue in Maranello, apparently. Ferrari says the 488 Pista's top speed is 211 mph.

Helping to control the 488 Pista around the track is the sixth iteration of Ferrari's Side-Slip Angle Control, which now integrates brake-pressure control. SSC adjusts the suspension, traction control and differential, as well, and makes it easier to get sideways safely.

The cabin is racing-focused, covered in high-grip suedelike materials with heavily bolstered racing seats with four-point harnesses. There are no floormats, either, since that's unnecessary weight. The 488 Pista also has no manual transmission, as Ferrari has fully embraced the machine side of man versus machine.

Ferrari hasn't revealed pricing yet, but expect it to be astronomical. We at Cars.com's Editiorial department would be delighted to get our hands on one. We've proven that our last long-term vehicle, the Chrysler Pacifica, is faster in the quarter-mile than a sports car. Why not set the 488 Pista against our new long-term Volkswagen Atlas ... you know, just to confirm things?

The Ferrari 488 Pista will be revealed to the public at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show next month, so stay tuned for more information.

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