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Used Ferrari 488 GTB 2015-2020 review review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB rear cornering
  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB interior
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  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB engine
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  • Ferrari 488 GTB
  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB rear cornering
  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB interior
  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB seats
  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB engine
  • Used Ferrari 488 GTB side
Used Ferrari 488 GTB 2015-2020 review review
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What's the used Ferrari 488 GTB coupe like?

How do you follow up a masterpiece? That’s the question Ferrari found itself asking when it came to creating the 488 GTB – the successor to the 458 Italia. It turns out the answer involves turning the dial to 11 – in other words, heavily revising the model with a faster, crazier and sharper personality. It may not be as beautifully pure as what came before it, but the 488 is even more thrilling. It’s certainly an excellent (albeit pricey) used buy. 

Everything in the 488 screams supercar. Its engine – a 661bhp 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 – is mid-mounted, so it sits right behind the driver. Power is sent to the rear wheels only via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that's capable of incredibly quick shifts.  

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 gearbox 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 it still makes a hell of a noise.

To hear more of this noise, it may be worth opting for the 488 Spider variant. Its retractable hard-top allows for an even more visceral experience than the coupé – although, speaking of which, the hardcore 710bhp 488 Pista reigns supreme in the thrills department. 

Much of the car’s cutting-edge tech – including the latest E-Diff and F1-Trac traction control system – is dedicated to the business of making the 488 manageable without strangling the involving and very lively handling you'd expect of a Ferrari. In this respect, the Italian manufacturer is second to none. The 488 even rides remarkably comfortably for a supercar – especially if you press the aptly named ‘bumpy road’ button on the steering wheel to soften the suspension.

Inside, the function-festooned steering wheel – as with all current Ferraris – is initially daunting, but once you’ve got used to what everything does (the indicators are buttons, for example), it’s a pleasure to use. Likewise the huge gearshift paddles mounted behind it.

The seats, pedals and view out of the car (in other words, everything to do with the business of driving) are also beyond reproach. Many of the other items dotted around the interior, however, such as the air-con controls and the digital information and function screens on either side of the main instrument display, are a bit too fiddly and have too many varying knobs and buttons.