Ferrari 488 GTB review

Category: Sports car

Section: Performance & drive

Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Ferrari 488 GTB

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The Ferrari 488 GTB is, unsurprisingly, exceptionally fast. Ferrari claims 0-62mph in 3.0 sec, and we’re not inclined to doubt it. The clever bit, though, is the manner of the V8’s delivery. In order to avoid feeling overtly turbocharged, it slowly and progressively builds the torque output, meaning there’s actually more amenable, low-down pulling power available in the higher gears than there is in the first few.

This helps to retain the character of a proper hard-driving and high-revving Ferrari engine, as well as making the 488 surprisingly easy to drive. It will, for example, accelerate (very briskly) from 30mph in sixth gear, and doesn’t require the dual-clutch transmission to downshift from seventh on the motorway to execute very prompt outside-lane overtaking. Okay, the 488 doesn’t sound quite as glorious as Ferraris of yesteryear, but that 3.9-litre V8 engine still makes a hell of a noise.