I’ve been dreading the day I’d hear about the demise of the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Italian supercar has been sitting on the top of my list of favorites since its introduction.
Like all good things, though, I knew the 458 would eventually die. All Ferraris do. On the positive side, the death of one model usually results in the birth of something even better.
The 458 Italia will give way to the 488 GTB. Will it be an improvement? Will it compete with the best supercars on the market?
My 13-year-old son is a Ferrari aficionado and suffered equal heartbreak when he heard the news of the 458. Here is the question he asked:
“The numbers 458 meant 4.5-liter V8. Will the new 488 have a 4.8-liter V8?”
That’s an insightful question, and considering Ferrari’s past nomenclature, would deserve an answer in the affirmative.
But not this time.
The 488 GTB will get power from, get this, a 3.9-liter turbocharged V8. In this case, the engine’s displacement of 488 cubic centimeters per cylinder gives the car its name.
Car and Driver says,
Despite the 0.6-liter reduction in displacement, the new engine makes more power: 661 horsepower at 8000 rpm, versus 597 horsepower at 9000 rpm for the 458 Speciale. Torque, predictably, is greater as well, reaching 561 lb-ft at a low 3000 rpm, far eclipsing the 458 Speciale’s 398 lb-ft.
Despite the new turbo, this new 488 should be a natural progression in performance.
But forget about Ferrari, you say, what’s Dodge doing these days?
If American supercars are more to your liking, take a look at the Viper ACR. At the SEMA Show last year, Dodge showed its vision for the return of the ACR, a stripped-down and track-ready demon of a car meant to shred track records. Later this year a production Viper ACR could hit showrooms.
We can surmise that the enormous carbon ceramic brakes will make it to production, along with the larger than life ACR wing that is one of the car’s primary visual calling cards. If we look at the Generation IV ACR as an example, we also can extrapolate that the effort to shave weight will cause the car to be minimally optioned, unlike its more pedestrian brethren.
No A/C, no radio, no carpet, no frills. Check.
Which is your supercar of choice: the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB or the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR?