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Ferrari 488 Pista vs. Lamborghini Huracan
Unveiled during Monterey Car Week, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider has all the performance upgrades of the 488 Coupe, plus open-air driving. This makes it competitive with the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. However, the engines are quite different and the result is that the Pista is faster off the line.
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
- 3.9-Liter V8 Bi-Turbo Gasoline Engine
- 7-Speed Dual Clutch Auto Transmission
- Rear-Wheel Drive
- 711 HP, 8000 RPM
- 568 LB.-FT. at 3,000 RPM
- 0-124 MPH in 7.6 Seconds
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
- 5.2-Liter V10 Naturally Aspirated
- 7-Speed Dual Clutch Auto Transmission
- Four-Wheel Drive
- 630 HP, 8,000 RPM
- 443 LB.-FT. at 6,500 RPM
- 0-124 MPH in 8.9 Seconds
The Pista has a wheelbase of 2650 mm, making it a bit wider and easier to handle in the corners. Apart from that and the slight speed edge, the two cars are virtually neck and neck. The Lamborghini comes with a high price tag so we are curious where the Spider’s price point will fall.
The Spider Cuts Weight
The Pista was built for the track. In fact, “Pista” is the Italian word for “track.” Whether you are looking at the new Spider or the Coupe, 0-62 mph in 2.85 seconds is pretty fast. The fact that the convertible matches the speed of the coupe is even more impressive given that it weighs more.
A lot of effort went into reducing the weight of the Spider. First, they replaced the alloy rims with carbon fiber wheels. Ferrari also took out the carpets and even replaced the metal door handles with straps. Yet, after modifications, the Spider still weighed 220 lbs more than the Pista Coupe.
Ferrari’s Not Divulging the Price
Despite inquiries, Ferrari has been pretty hush-hush regarding the price of the new 488 Pista Spider. The automaker also hasn’t set a release date. However, the unveiling in Monterey may have set the stage for the launch.
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The Newest 488 Model
In 2018, Ferrari revealed a new version of the 488, the Pista. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista has the most powerful V8 in Maranello history. Ferrari quotes that the 488 Pista is the “ultimate driving experience”. As the other 488 models, the Pista is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive model. Furthermore, the 488 Pista is built with more racing technology than the other models. For anyone that doesn’t speak Italian, “pista” stands for “track”. Hence, this vehicle is quite the experience for the money. Starting at $350,050, the Pista can only go up in price from there… starting with carbon fiber wheels.
The Most Powerful Maranello V8
The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista sports the most powerful V8 in Maranello history. This engine is a dry-sump twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 with 710 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Not surprisingly, 50% of the Pista engine parts are new. The powerful Pista engine works in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 2.8 seconds. Furthermore, from 0 to 100 mph, it’s a quick 5.4 seconds. The Pista can complete a quarter mile in 10.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed for this model is 211 mph. Note, these numbers are from Car & Driver.
Differences from the GTB and Spider
The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista differs from the GTB and Spider in multiple ways. Firstly, as mentioned above, the engine contains 50% new parts. Secondly, there is a lighter crankshaft and flywheel. Thirdly, the titanium connecting rods allow for 17% reduction in inertia. Fourthly, the compression ratio is now 9.6:1. Finally, there are 8-10% stiffer springs that can still manage to be sports car comfy.
An Impressive Piece of Fine Art
Ferrari 488 Pista – Official Video – Ferrari – YouTube
On planet earth, the Italians are known for their fine design of clothing and vehicles. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista is just another display of this elegant appreciation of art. From front to rear, this car is stunning with the power of the horse on the logo. With the modifications on the Pista, GTB and Spider drivers will probably be jealous. Regardless, the GTB and Spider are also amazing Ferrari vehicles. In conclusion, the 488 Pista is another stunning jewel from the land of Italy.