Ferrari 488 GTB: 5-Stars from Autocar
GT & Sport Cars
“The best chassis in the business meets the best turbocharged engine”
Silverstone 26 May – Ferrari’s Chief Test Driver, Raffaele De Simone, collected an award for the Ferrari 488 GTB from Autocar at Silverstone Circuit. The award was for the 488 GTB achieving Autocar’s maximum 5-Star rating in their comprehensive Road Test which includes an extensive evaluation of the car on road by the Autocar editorial team, as well as performance testing at MIRA in Northamptonshire.
With a time of 1’8.0” around the MIRA handling circuit, the 488 GTB was 0.3 seconds quicker than the 458 Speciale around the same circuit. But the most notable aspects of the Award are the summary comments from the Autocar Editorial team: “Ferrari’s greatest achievement with the 488 GTB is not simply how fast it goes. Nor is it how it has integrated turbochargers onto its mid-mounted V8 yet retained far more character than any other manufacturer has tried artificially aspirating its engines. Nor is it that it has given the 488 all the track poise and agility of the 458 Speciale which went before it. No, the feat is how all of the above have been melded into what is undoubtedly today’s greatest supercar. World-beating. Likely to be benchmarked and copied – much like the 458 Italia.”