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Introduced in 2015 with an evolutionary rather than a completely cleansheet design, the 488 was nevertheless lauded by the automotive press and surpassed its predecessor, the 458 Italia, in every objective performance measure. Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 488 Pista – meaning “track” in Italian – used lessons learned from campaigning the 488 in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Ferrari’s own Challenge racing series to make the GTB even sharper and more track-focused.
Compared to the GTB, the Pista was lower, wider, and shorter. Almost every exterior panel was new or revised to optimize downforce and drag, including use of Ferrari’s F1-inspired S-duct which diverted air from the intakes on the front bumper through a hood vent, thus creating downforce over the front axle. Weight-saving measures included a lithium battery, greater use of lightweight materials, and available carbon fiber wheels, making it nearly 200 pounds lighter than the GTB.
Borrowing half of its design from the 488 Challenge racer, the Pista’s engine received new camshafts, a larger intercooler, strengthened pistons, titanium connecting rods, and an Inconel exhaust manifold that reduced back pressure and weighed 21 pounds less than the GTB’s cast unit. Developing 710 hp at 8,000 rpm, the Pista’s dry sump 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 was the most powerful V-8 in Ferrari history. Performance was spectacular with 0–60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 0–100 mph in 5.4 seconds, and a 211 mph top speed. Lapping Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in 1:21.5, the Pista was 1.5 seconds quicker than the GTB and a mere 1.8 seconds behind the LaFerrari.
This 2020 Pista is finished in classic Rosso Corsa (Racing Red) over a special order Blu Scuro (Dark Blue) interior and was delivered new in October 2019. With a total suggested retail price of $382,669, this Pista was specified with numerous additional options including a two-tone racing stripe, Alcantara carpet, yellow brake calipers, colored safety belts, black ceramic exhaust pipes, radio navigation system, and the racing seat lifter system to adjust the driver seat height.
More than simply a 488 Challenge race car converted for the road, the limited-production Pista was designed to be as well rounded and fun to drive as possible. Accompanied by its books, tools, keys, car cover, window sticker, delivery paperwork, and balance of its seven-year maintenance package, this Pista displays approximately 50 miles on its odometer and presents in unequivocally showroom condition throughout. Whether driving on the road or track – as its name implies – this exhilarating Pista will leave its new owner wanting for nothing.