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.