2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide
Maranello's new welterweight champion is a departure from the veteran 458 Italia, 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB follows 'aerodynamics by subtraction' principle to reduce drag and increase downforce. The 488 produces an astonishing 716 lbs. of downforce at 155 mph.
The main attraction, and a new chapter of mid-engine Ferraris - '3.9-litre V8' with its flat crankshaft and twin-scroll turbochargers. Ferrari 488's 660 hp output is complemented by a crazy 8000 rpm redline. The engine can summon the entirety of its earth-shattering torque at a mere 3000 rpm.
Instead of employing a carbon fiber construction, the 488 utilizes an aluminum tub of different alloys. This construction doesn't bring in a severe weight handicap when compared to competition's carbon fiber construction. The 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB goes head to head with the Huracan Coupe, Aston Martin Vanquish S and Porsche's 911 GT2 RS.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB packs an amped-up 3.9L V8 engine, capable in delivering 660 hp of power and 560 lb.-ft. of torque. A seamless 7-speed automatic transmission is in place to help with gear shifting.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Features
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB is available in a single trim only. Pricing options for the 488 GTB Coupe start from $245,400. The 488 GTB comes with an electronic differential and a suspension with dual solenoid system as standard.
488 GTB Coupe
F1 Traction Control
Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer
Magnetorheologically controlled suspension with dual Solenoid system
SSC (Side Slip Angle Control)
F1 dual clutch transmission
Carbon Monocoque Chassis
Superior Revised Aerodynamics
The 488 GTB Coupe features a wide variety of customization options available both for the interior and the exterior. The single trim in which the car is offered is specked up to the brim to keep you satisfied.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Engine
“All the right sounds are there, too. Despite having a turbocharged engine, the 488 sings louder and with more urgency as revs rise and power output builds. It’s lacking a few revs at the top end, with a power peak of 8,000 rpm versus the previous 9,000 rpm, yet there’s no personality and charm missing from this experience.” - TheCarConnection
Engine and Transmission
Beneath its hood, 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB flaunts a 3.9L 8-cylinder engine. It is capable of producing a league-leading 660 horsepower and a robust 560 lb.-ft. of torque. Both feats put the Ferrari 488 GTB ahead of its class rivals. This engine is one of the best V8 engines we have seen from Ferrari and has won accolades from fans and critics alike. Yes, it is turbocharged but you could never tell. Ferrari has done a great job in making this sound like a naturally aspirated one. The turbochargers are of course there for good. They reuse the exhaust gases and maximize boost pressure for virtually no turbo lag and instant acceleration.
Ferrari uses a flat plane crankshaft that is highly revered and that is what gives this engine the 8000 rpm redline. The sound of this engine is absolutely gorgeous and the response time from the throttle pedal is as fast as you can probably think of it. It delivers power at almost any rev range and delivers that really smoothly.
Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
McLaren 570S comes with an engine that has slightly lesser capacity, i.e. 3.8L. Both Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan boast 5.2L 10-cylinder engines. Audi R8 offers the least torque of 398 lb.-ft. in the competition and also the least power of 540 hp. Nonetheless, the R8 is available in yet another engine configuration, offering 610 hp of power while delivering the same amount of torque as that with the 540 hp-generating engine.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB has a super-quick acceleration. The ride accelerates to 60 MPH in 3 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in just 10.6 seconds. The initial acceleration is smooth and effortless, more importantly, breathtaking which is credited to those effortless turbochargers.
Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
Ferrari 488 GTB easily outshines Audi R8 and McLaren 570S in performance and acceleration. However, the Lamborghini Huracan is still better to the Ferrari 488 GTB. The ride shoots to 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in just 10.4 seconds.
Ride and Handling
Ferrari has put a lot of effort into crafting an engine with almost spontaneous responsiveness. The engine gets a lot vocal with an increase in power output. The handling is so good that it stays robust and responsive even when pushing the ride to its limits. To assist 488 GTB into slipping past the corners almost rapidly, there’s an SSC2 (Ferrari’s take on traction control) system in place.
Active dampers employed in the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB allows for a smooth, jolt-free ride. The ride offers a total of 5 different driving configurations. Spider variants come with a distinct exhaust system. Overall, 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB ensures a comfortable ride no matter whether you roam in cities or cruise on long highways. The steering response is also very accurate and it provides great amount of feedback.
Also, a lot of effort has been put into the aerodynamics of this car. The underbody has been designed to suck air from beneath the car and keep it glued to the tarmac. The air ducts and front splitter reduce drag with greater aerodynamic efficiency and also increase downforce. The aerodynamics contribute a lot to the cars handling as well.
Front and rear brake for the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe measures 15.7 and 14.2 inches, respectively. In fact, the front brake is the biggest in the competition. McLaren 570S has the biggest rear brake, measuring 15 inches. It takes mere 94 ft to stop the car which is best in the class. The brakes are very strong and the pedals too have a great feeling.
Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB boasts a responsive and powerful braking system. Its competitors, nonetheless, also comes with robust braking systems. McLaren 570S requires the least distance of 102 feet for coming to a complete halt when decelerated continually from 60 mph. The same for the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan is 103 and 104 feet, respectively.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Fuel Economy
In cities, Ferrari 488 GTB offers a mileage of 15 mpg. It is increased to 22 mpg on highways. Overall, the ride delivers 18 mpg of combined fuel economy, which isn’t bad for the segment to which the 488 GTB belongs.
Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB beats, though not by a longshot, Lamborghini Huracan, and Audi R8 in terms of mileage. However, McLaren 570S bests Ferrari 488 GTB with a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Interior
“As always, the base spec is only the starting point, so the interior can be trimmed and decked out in virtually any style you wish.”-TopGear
Seating and Comfort
The cabin of the cars is entirely driver-focused. All things from the AC vents, the gear selector on the centre console bridge to the climate controls, everything is angled towards the driver. The cabin is designed to really embrace the driver and it really feels special to be on the driver's seat. An analog tachometer sits between two digital screens in the instrument cluster and Ferrari has rightfully ditched an infotainment screen on the dashboard because anything in this car should not distract the driver. Still, the two screens in the instrument cluster come packed with all the fancy goodies you'd expect like navigation and music controls.
The seats themselves are very comfortable and are wrapped in leather. They are very well contoured to hug you well around fast corners. The entire cabin is built well with top-notch leather and carbon fibre trims.
Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
When you’re sitting inside a Ferrari, comfort is the last thing that you need to care about. Like other rides from Ferrari, the 488 GTB is designed to offer a remarkable riding experience.
Even though Ferrari 488 GTB’s infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it’s sometimes infuriating to use. For navigation assistance, the infotainment system is equipped with sat-nav functionality.
There is an option available for adding a 12-speaker audio system with a 1280 watt amplifier to the infotainment system. Another option that you can add is the racing telemetry system.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB flaunts modern and detailed interiors. Though based on the 458 Italian, 488 GTB and Spider have a distinct, superior cabin. Important interior feats to the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB include:
Control switch bridge
Driver-focused controls placement
Multi-function steering wheel
A multitude of seat options
Various interior trim personalization options
Nothing is available in the name of cargo capacity for the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB. Lamborghini is yet another ride that has nothing to boast about when it comes to carrying cargo around.
Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)
Unlike its contemporaries, Audi R8 offers 8 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space. McLaren 570S offers the most cargo capacity of 12.6 cubic feet in the segment.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Exterior
“Although much of the front half of the car has been reused, it's all been tweaked. The new bodywork has been designed with slavish devotion to aerodynamics, and the 488 features both an electronically controlled drag-reduction system in the rear diffuser and a Formula 1-inspired blown diffuser in the rear bodywork.”-Motortrend
Dimensions and Weight
The Ferrari 488 is a chiselled work of art. It's tastefully sculpted and the curvy lines simply make you weak on your knees. The gaping air intakes on the front bumper swallow air like a thirsty camel. The sculpted hoot with the signature Ferrari headlights gives the front a bold look. The massive air ducts over the muscular rear fenders are probably the sexiest ones you'd find on a car. The rear looks complex with all the exhausts, rear diffuser, tail lamp housings but still aesthetically pleasing. And can anyone miss a look at the engine through the glass engine cover at the rear?
The design exudes an aura of power and performance. As the expanses of the sky are blue and water is clear, a glance at the 488 and you know that it beautifully fits in the natural order of Ferraris. The large air intake scallop in the front is a reminder of the signature design that was invoked in Ferrari’s first rear-mid V8 engine design - the revered predecessor Ferrari 308 GTB.
The 488 GTB flaunts a length, width, and height of 179.8, 76.9, and 47.8 inches, respectively. While length and width are the most in the competition, height is second only to Audi R8’s 48.4 inches. 488 GTB has a total curb weight of 3362 lbs. This is lesser than the curb weight of Audi R8.
Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe
Curb weight (lbs.)
Ground clearance (in)
Track width (in) F/R
Lamborghini Huracan has the least in the segment width and height of 75.8 and 45.9 inches, respectively. Audi R8 has the least length of 174.3 inches. Wheelbase for the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe is 104.3 inches. Lamborghini Huracan and McLaren 570S have the least and most wheelbase of 103.2 and 105.1 inches, respectively, in the segment.
There are several desirable feats belonging to the exterior of the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB. The ride has excellently designed curves that run smoothly down the flanks. Important exterior feats to the Ferrari 488 GTB are:
Elegant rear diffuser
Extended engine cover
Organic, metallic look
Subtle rear spoiler
Two-piece retractable hardtop [Available in the Spider variant]
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Safety
Neither IIHS nor NHTSA ratings are available for the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB. Moreover, there aren’t many safety and reliability features available with the ride. Ferrari 488 GTB comes with the mandatory ESC and Driveline Traction Control systems along with a low-tire warning system.
In addition to a backup camera and several airbags for the driver as well as the passengers, the 488 GTB flaunts front and rear parking sensors.
F1-Trac ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Door-Mounted Side Airbags
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
Front And Rear Parking Sensors
Side Impact Beams
IIHS and NHTSA ratings are not available.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Competition
Ferrari 488 GTB vs Audi R8
Boasting a 5.2L 10-cylinder engine, Audi R8 is a prime competitor to the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB. Available with 540 and 610 hp engine options, the total torque available is 398 lb.-ft. Pricing options for the car start from $189,900. Like its class rivals, R8 comes with a responsive 7-speed automatic transmission mode.
Audi R8 shoots to 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds. For covering a quarter-mile, the ride requires 10.6 seconds, the same as that required by the Ferrari 488 GTB. Audi R8 is heavier than its class rivals, with a total curb weight of 3600 lbs. The car offers a combined mileage of 17 mpg.
Ferrari 488 GTB vs Lamborghini Huracan
With an opening price tag of $245,500, Lamborghini Huracan is only about $10k lesser than the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB. The Huracan packs a 5.2L 10-cylinder engine, capable of producing 610 hp of power and 412 lb.-ft. of torque. Huracan relies on a 7-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting.
Lamborghini Huracan flaunts a lightning-fast acceleration. The ride accelerates to 60 MPH in under 3 seconds, making it the fastest among its class rivals. Huracan traverses a quarter-mile in 10.4 seconds. Unfortunately, the Lambo has the lowest combined fuel economy of 16 mpg in the segment. Nonetheless, it has the least curb weight of 3135 lbs. among its competitors.
Ferrari 488 GTB vs McLaren 570S
Another major competitor to the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB is the McLaren 570S. The Mclaren boasts a 3.8L 8-cylinder engine. It is capable of producing 562 horsepower along with 443 lb.-ft. of torque. While power is least in the league, torque is the second best.
McLaren 570S accelerates to 60 MPH and covers a quarter-mile in 3.2 and 10.9 seconds, respectively. It has the biggest brakes in the competition, measuring 15.5 and 15 inches. It has the best stopping distance of 102 feet in the fraternity. McLaren 570S leads the pack with a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg.
2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Final Verdict
The folks at Maralleno really love naming their car. For this car, they have dropped the old naming tradition that denotes engine displacement. This time they went ahead with using the individual capacity of a single cylinder – 488cc. The Gran Turismo Berlinetta (GTB) which in Italian means grand tourer with coupe styling
Priced at $256,550, Ferrari 488 GTB is a special car, the engine is more than generous with its 660 horsepower and torque output of 560 lb-ft. The torque figures of this 3.9 L engine even puts the F-12 Berlinetta’s V-12 engine to shame.
What a fine looker the 488 is – even with a new scalloped body design the 488 stays true to pure lines. The 488 is a beginning of a new era in the V8 chapter. With the 488, Ferrari brings a road legal track spec car that boasts of “tamable” performance and can be easily handled by lesser experienced drivers.