You cannot even begin to comprehend the speed of the Ferrari 488 Pista, the ferociousness and relentlessness with which it accelerates. I defy anyone to go for a drive and emerge from the hardcore 488’s stripped-out, carbon-clad interior with a completely straight face. With a shrug of their shoulders, rather than a look of wide-eyed astonishment and some creative swearing to reflect that no, this kind of thing really should not be possible. Or indeed allowed.
To blame is the 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8, which uses all kinds of clever engineering trickery to, far as possible, mimic the character of a N/A motor. It makes 710bhp, but perhaps more impressively, 568lb ft of torque - with the full whack only available in seventh, top gear.
Photography: Rowan Horncastle
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