FERRARI 488 GTB
To the delight of supercar fans and vendors of posters for teenagers’ bedroom walls, the Ferrari 488 GTB, unveiled earlier this year in Geneva, is now rolling out of showrooms. The new model is a very different animal to its predecessor, the 458 Italia, dropping over half a litre of displacement, but delivering an extra 100hp from its new 3.9-litre twin-turbo direct-injection V8.
A turbocharged Ferrari is still ever-so-slightly controversial, but even the Scuderia has to live in the real world – or at least the real world as defined by government emissions drive cycles – and reduce CO2 output.
A turbocharged Ferrari is still ever-so-slightly controversial, but even the Scuderia has to live in the real world – or at least the real world as defined by government emissions drive cycles – and reduce CO2 output. The 488 GTB might not have quite the same emotional appeal as an old-school, normally aspirated model that revs to infinity and beyond, but it’s still got the chops to turn wealthy middle-aged men into giggling schoolboys when they floor the throttle. It’s also technically impressive.
Maranello may have been dragged kicking and screaming into Formula One’s economy era, but there’s doubtless crossover to be leveraged from the direct-injection turbo engine used in motorsport’s premier category. There’s an awful lot of literature about response times and power delivery, but the bottom line is a car that, in the hands of professionals, laps Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit slightly faster than the top-of-the-range 458 Speciale.
Going for gold
The GT-R celebrates its birthday in style
A 45th anniversary is traditionally celebrated with sapphires – but for its Limited Edition 45th Anniversary GT-R, Nissan has cracked open the champagne instead. The modern GT-R shares little DNA with the original Skyline GT-R, but there’s still reason to rejoice. Nissan is making 100 special-edition models, painted champagne gold in a nod to 2001’s Skyline R34 GT-R M-spec.
As well as the eye-catching paint job, you’ll find a commemorative plaque on the centre console and a special serial number in the engine bay, along with all the standard 2015 GT-R features. But if you don’t think a four-wheel drive, 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V6 that delivers 550hp is special already, you really need a test drive.