Ferrari 488 special-edition dubbed Pista

Ferrari 488 special-edition dubbed Pista

Ferrari 488 special-edition dubbed Pista

All 711 horsepower is handled by the familiar 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the combination of which is capable of dispatching with 100 kmph (62 mph) in 2.85 seconds, while 200 kmph (124 mph) comes in just 7.6 seconds. Coupled with the more powerful V8, the new auto takes just 2.85 seconds to do the 0-100 km/h sprint, which is 0.15 seconds quicker than the 488 GTB. The Pista gets a 709bhp engine derived from the 488 Challenge racecar, and will also feature newly revised bodywork working towards maximising downforce and reduce drag.

Ferrari did not specify pricing for the 488 Pista, but for comparison's sake, a "standard" 488 GTB will run you $252,800, and the old 458 Speciale cost about $300,000. Carbon fibre trim also features on the dash and are met with plenty of Alcantara and a unique 488 Pista badge near the passenger side vent.

We'd argue the 488 Pista has to be one of the best-looking Ferraris made in recent years, and pretty much every surface on the new vehicle has been created to force it into the tarmac.

The Ferrari 488 Pista makes its official debut at the Geneva motor show next month. The top speed is 211 miles per hour - 6 MPH better than the standard GTB. The mill also has an additional 10 Newton-meters (7 pound-feet) of torque for a share of 770 Nm (568 lb-ft).

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Ferrari has cut a total of 90kg from the weight of the standard 488 to enhance the 488 Pista's handling and improved its aerodynamic efficiency with F1-influenced changes to the car's front and rear diffusers, undertray and air intakes.

Beneath the auto, the underbody vortex generators have been redesigned to work with the new rear diffuser, which again takes a page out of the 488 GTE to increase the extraction and downforce generation. Again, there's little information at this point as to where the weight savings comes from, but we'll bet it's in more extensive use of carbonfibre and the deletion of comfort modcons.

The revised bodywork and the addition of a larger rear spoiler helps the 488 Pista generate 20% more downforce than the base vehicle, reports Auto Express.

It's also the first auto to use FDE, a system that automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but the auto is likely to cost around £220,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

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