488 Pista

Sensational 720HP limited edition features race-developed technologies

The 488 Pista – from the Italian for ‘track’ – is the latest in a series of iconic mid-engined Ferrari V8 specials that have achieved near-instant cult status down the years. The Challenge Stradale of 2004 was succeeded by the 430 Scuderia, then the 458 Speciale inspired a thousand car magazine testers to seek new superlatives.

Now it’s the 488 Pista’s turn; following the same formula, it’s lighter, more powerful and boasts more downforce than the acclaimed 488 GTB it’s based on. Despite the name, it’s also road legal, but to explore its extraordinary performance to the full you’ll probably need a track.


Ferrari 488 Pista

The design of the new 488 Pista is closely related to the all-conquering 488 GTE race car, with the same aim of high levels of downforce for the ultimate circuit handling. The front of the 488 Pista features a front F1-inspired S-Duct as well as diffusers derived from the 488 GTE to achieve strong suction and increased downforce. The underbody vortex generators have been redesigned, and the rear diffuser incorporates the same double kink as the 488 GTE to increase air extraction and downforce. The rear also features what Ferrari terms a ‘dolphin tail’ floating rear spoiler.  Engine cover, bumpers and rear spoiler are made of carbon-fibre, helping to achieve a weight reduction of 90kg over the 488 GTB; 20" carbon-fibre wheel rims are optional. Specially-developed Michelin tyres complete the set up. The racing livery colour scheme with its contrast central stripes highlights the reshaped front end by diving into the S-duct before re-emerging at the front splitter.

Inside, the purposeful, driver-oriented cockpit makes extensive use of Alcantara™, with flashes of brilliant red trim on dashboard and sports seats to relieve the sombre colour scheme. The 488 Pista name is picked out on the dashboard top roll. Design flourishes are kept to a minimum – the yellow rev counter is centrally placed within the driver binnacle and for most owners the only in-car entertainment they’ll need will be provided by the steering wheel-mounted manettino.


Ferrari 488 Pista

Though closely based on the 3,902cc turbocharged V8 of the 488 GTB, the drivetrain of the new Ferrari Pista is extensively revised. The V8 engine now punches out 720 metric horsepower, giving it a specific power output of 185HP/litre, the highest figure in its class. 0-100km/h (62mph) takes 2.85s, while 0-200 km/h (124mph) takes just 7.6s. Technical enhancements carried over from the race series 488 Challenge include Inconel exhaust manifolds, lightweight crankshaft and flywheel, titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake plenums. Torque is higher too at all engine speeds and the exhaust note has been reworked for a crisper, more intense sound as revs rise.

The vehicle dynamics were also revised to make it possible for both professional drivers and the less experienced derive the maximum enjoyment from the chassis. Ferrari’s Side Slip Control version 6.0 includes E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and the innovative Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer which uses software to adjust brake pressure. The aim is to make the car’s handling even at the limit intuitive and predictable, whatever level of expertise you bring to the driving seat.


  • Top Speed211 MPH

  • 0-60 MPH2.9s

  • Max Power720 CV

  • Engine Size3902 CC

  • Weight1280 KG

Ferrari 488 Pista
Vehicle length 4605 mm / 181.3 in
Vehicle width 1975 mm / 77.8 in
Vehicle height (unladen) 1206 mm / 47.5 in
Wheelbase TBC
Unladen weight (DIN) 1280 kg / 2822 lb
Type V8 - 90° Turbo
Fuel management Direct injection
Max torque @ engine speed 770 Nm at 3000 rpm in 7th gear
Power output @ engine speed 530 kW (720 cv) at 8000 rpm
Top speed >211 mph / 340 km/h
Acceleration 0-60 mph 2.9 sec
Fuel Consumption
Urban TBC
Extra urban TBC
Combined consumption / range 1 TBC
CO2 emissions (combined) TBC

New Ferrari 488 PISTA pricing

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