Ferrari's new 488 Pista is a road-going race vehicle

Ferrari's new 488 Pista is a road-going race vehicle

It is claimed to do zero to 100 kmph in just 2.85 seconds and can run to 200 kmph in a highly impressive 7.6 seconds. The next 62 miles per hour are cleared in just under five seconds for a 0-124 miles per hour (0-200 km/h) time of 7.6 seconds.

Indeed, the aerodynamic changes to the 488 Pista are extreme, with the new scalloped bonnet showing hefty modification changes and Ferrari adopting modified versions of the front and rear splitters used on its 488 GTE race auto that won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

There's still no additional information regarding the performance, though expect there to be an increase in power output from the V8 engine.

We'd argue the 488 Pista has to be one of the best-looking Ferraris made in recent years, and pretty much every surface on the new auto has been created to force it into the tarmac.

The Ferrari 488 Pista will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The most powerful engine and the modification changes brought to its bodywork both features makes the 488 Pista the most hardcore road-legal Ferrari ever. The Pista's top speed exceeds 211 miles per hour (340 km/h).

Well, well, well, if it isn't the Ferrari 488 Pista - all 720 horsepower of it, and each one going through the rear wheels.

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The revised bodywork and the addition of a larger rear spoiler helps the 488 Pista generate 20% more downforce than the base vehicle, reports Auto Express. It features a new Inconel exhaust, and has a design clearly influenced by the 488 GTE race vehicle, with the same "S-Duct" and sharp-angled front diffuser creating a ramp for airflow for extra downforce.

At the back, the 488 Pista is fitted with a large carbon-fibre diffuser, ike that on the firm's GTE endurance racer, to further improve aerodynamic grip and reduce drag.

Ferrari also adds the latest version of its Side-Slip Control system, featuring the electronic differential and magnetorheological suspension (variable dampers using a magnetic field).

The electronics have been tweaked too, with "Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer" arriving to adjust brake pressure at the calipers, resulting in extra pace and predictability.

The 488 special edition wasn't expected to be officially revealed until Geneva, but Maranello has been scrambling to plug leaks for months now, with images and technical information seeping out since late past year.