Maranello, Italy - If Porsche drew a line in the sand last year with its seriously potent GT2 RS, Ferrari has well and truly crossed it.
Set for its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show early in March, the new 488 Pista follows in the tracks of previous track-biased special editions like 458 Speciale, 430 Scuderia and 360 Challenge Stradale. That means it’s a lighter, more powerful and sharper handling version of an otherwise normal road going model, which in this case is a 488 GTB.
The term ‘otherwise normal’ hardly seems appropriate though, as a regular 488 is already equipped with 492kW and 760Nm. The Pista, however, makes a mockery of these outputs and bumps them up to a whopping 530kW and 770Nm, making this the most powerful V8 engine in Prancing Horse history.
Ferrari hasn’t yet offered detail as to where such a hefty boost comes from, saying only that it’s an “extreme evolution” of the twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 in the regular GTB.
Make no mistake, these figures are hardly coincidence as the Pista not only outdoes Porsche’s wickedest 911 (515kW/750Nm) but also just pips McLaren’s 527kW/770Nm 720S in the sheer grunt stakes.