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Get ready for the 711bhp Ferrari 488 Pista

New 911 GT3 RS not quite your cup of tea? Fear not, as Ferrari’s upped the hardcore supercar ante with its new 488 Pista, its latest track-focused special.

It’s the latest in a very, very talented line of cars – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale before it aren’t just three of the best Ferraris, but three of the best supercars. Full stop.

Ferrari says the 488 Pista makes a ‘significant step forward’ from all of them, with lots of motorsport-derived technology leading to its name. Pista is Italian for track, if you’re wondering.

It’s the first in the series to be turbocharged, using the regular 488’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 but with lots of lightweight components and a power hike, from 661 to 711bhp, a hefty 50bhp rise when the whole car has dropped 90kg. It’s now 1,280kg before fluids.
It’ll be flipping fast, then. Ferrari says 0-62mph in 2.85sec, 0-124mph in 7.6sec and a top speed of ‘more than’ 211mph. But anyone who’s driven a Stradale, Scuderia or Speciale – heck, even been within the same postcode as one – will know speed is only half the story. These cars are about noise and interaction.

A new Inconel exhaust should take care of the former; it’s the same material used in the exhaust system of the really quite loud Jag F-Type SVR, so this Pista should be a corker. Then there are all the tweaks to make the 488 handle even better.

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