Ferrari 488 Pista unveiled before Geneva Motor Show debut

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Aerodynamic efficiency has also been improved for the Pista edition.

"The Ferrari 488 Pista's extensive weight saving solutions, along with engine, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic developments, all derive from Ferrari's racing cars: the 488 GTE and the 488 Challenge", Ferrari said in a statement.

The 488 Pista is equipped with "the most powerful V8 engine in Ferrari's history", according to Auto Express. Apparently Pista torque is higher than the GTB at all engine speeds, delivering "a feeling of consistently smooth, powerful acceleration with even faster turbo response".

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Starting with the one everybody talks about at the moment, the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) acceleration time, the Pista only needs 2.85 seconds to clear it. Ferrari quotes a 20 per cent increase in downforce.

Ferrari hasn't said how much quicker the 488 Pista will be on a track, but considering how much work has gone into improving handling and aerodynamics, expect it to be more of a street-legal race auto than a more powerful 488 GTB.

A dedication to saving weight is apparent throughout, with the Pista coming in at 1,280kg - 90kg lighter than the 488 GTB.

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Ferrari has taken the wraps off its new track-focused 488 Pista supercar, following weeks of leaked images - and it is set to be a direct rival to race-derived models including the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. At the front, Ferrari have worked an S-Duct into the nose with a redesigned front diffuser channeling air to create higher levels of downforce. Apart from aiding in aero, these parts have made the 488 Pista a track-biased ground hugger in terms of the exterior. The 3.9-liter biturbo V8 now pushes out 711 PS and 770 Nm of torque, which is a 50 PS and 10 Nm increase from the GTB. Version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system has been installed, incorporating E-Diff3, F1-Trac and the magnetorheological suspension (SCM). This is the first application of FDE, a system which automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers.

There are several technologies incorporated by Ferrari to extract the maximum possible performance. The concept of the front is echoed in the dolphin-tail rear spoiler which appears suspended.

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