Ferrari 488 Pista 2018 review
Ferrari's special series of track-honed road cars rarely disappoints, but is the 710bhp 488 Pista better than the McLaren 720S or Porsche 911 GT3?
There are two sports cars they just don’t get wrong. Most manufacturers, even these ones, occasionally turn out a duffer, but in the case of two vehicles – the GT3 RS version of a Porsche 911 and the special series version of Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 – they don’t miss a trick.
This is, I suspect, because they’re engineers’ cars. Purists’ cars. The first 911 GT3 RS, of 2003, only came about because Porsche needed to homologate two suspension links for racing. And the first mid-engined Ferrari special, the 360 Challenge Stradale, also of 2003, helped justify the Challenge race series. And throughout their iterations since, they haven’t missed a beat.
This, then, is Ferrari’s latest, the 488 Pista. Pista means "track" or, apparently, ‘get out of the way!’, but I suppose either is appropriate enough.
The requisite link to motorsport is there, anyway. The Pista’s engine is, like a GT3 RS’s, effectively a race car motor, here from the 488 Challenge car. It was always in the plan that way: develop an engine that makes 50bhp more than the standard 488 GTB"s, prove it in the one-make racing series car and eventually drop it into the ‘special’ variant.