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So, the turbocharged Ferrari 488 GTB. How is it? Well let’s start with the engine, since that’s the main point of contention. In place of the 458’s 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 that delivered 562bhp at a scalding 9,000rpm and 398lb ft at 6,000rpm, we now have a twin turbo 3.9-litre that delivers 661bhp at 8,000rpm and 560lb ft at 3,000rpm. So, more power, much more power in fact, but it comes with all the usual turbo concerns about noise, response and delivery. But Ferrari had to, didn’t they? We may love a naturally aspirated engine, but there was no way the V8 was going to deliver another 100bhp and trade blows with a McLaren 650S without a set of blowers being involved. So…? It’s astounding. Ferrari is understandably cagey about what exactly it’s done to the make the turbochargers operate as they do, only going so far as to admit the twin IHI blowers rotate on ball bearing shafts to reduce friction and the compressors are made of a titanium-aluminium alloy.