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Posted by Joseph Clement on 21 February, 2018

During the past couple of days, I have noticed a few posts on Twitter showing leaked photos of the Ferrari 488 Pista. And now, as if by magic, the Italian manufacturer has officially revealed the first images of the new car.

The 488 Pista is the latest addition to Ferrari’s V8-engined special series. Its predecessors include the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, vehicles that received rave reviews for their performance and handling.

Aerodynamically, the Pista borrows some elements from the 488 GTE car, including the design of the front and rear diffusers. The adoption of motorsport calibre design features gives this new Ferrari the type of aerodynamic performance you would expect from a race car.

Ferrari 488 Pista
Photo credit: Ferrari North Europe

Additionally, the Pista has acquired some components from the 488 Challenge, such as Inconel exhaust manifolds, a lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. These parts make the Pista 90 kg lighter (1280 kg dry) when compared to the 488 GTB.

It carries Ferrari’s most powerful V8 twin turbo engine, delivering 720 cv (711 bhp) and 770 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm in 7th gear. In short, the Pista is one of Ferrari’s fastest, and lightest, V8 sports cars ever.

Ferrari 488 Pista
Photo credit: Ferrari North Europe

One of the main changes to the appearance of the car is a shorter nose due to the incorporation of an aerodynamic S-Duct at the front. Overall, the 488 Pista looks very sporty, and the lines of the car remind me of a mountain range with numerous undulations. It’s a sexy motor.

Ferrari is set to unveil the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.