The 2017 Ferrari 488 models pack the latest 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8, making 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 560 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. That’s 63 more hp and 162 more lb-ft than the former naturally aspirated powerplant in the 458 Italia, and the turbo engine’s peak torque at half the revs than before. It’s as before mated to Ferrari’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It’s the most powerful Spider engine ever for Ferrari, and it has the highest torque in its segment, Ferrari says. The GTB can get to 60 mph in less than three seconds or to 124 mph in 8.3 seconds—also best-in-segment times. And if you care about mileage, the EPA rates it at 15 mpg city, 22 highway, 18 combined.
Ferrari says that it spent tremendous engineering effort in making the new engine one with near-instantaneous responsiveness. The automaker says that at 1,000 rpm, in third gear, you only have to wait for 0.8 seconds for maximum torque delivery.