Ferrari 488 GTB vs 458 Italia Drag Race

The question of turbocharged efficiency versus naturally aspirated displacement.

With so many different automobile manufacturers opting for forced induction over cubic inches to create power, it was just a matter of time before Ferrari jumped on the bandwagon.

The question becomes which Ferrari is better, the modern one relying on a turbo or the older one falling back on the good old fashioned displacement?

The Ferrari 488 GTB comes equipped with a turbocharged unit instead of the traditional, naturally aspirated V-8. The new engine is not only smaller, but more powerful at 660-hp compared to the Ferrari 458 Italia’s 562-hp V-8. In fact, the Ferrari 488 GTB gets its name from its displacement of 488 cubic centimeters per cylinder. The result is such speed and velocity to make the heart soar and the stomach turn. More speed, more torque, a different engine and new styling make it a highly sought after vehicle.

In every technical regard, the Ferrari 488 GTB is an improvement over the 458 Italia. It is not only significantly more powerful but also more efficient than its predecessor.

Of course, the main difference between the two is the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 of the 488 GTB versus the naturally-aspirated 4.5-litre V8 of the 458.  How will they do in a drawn out drag race to the finish?  For that you will you have to view the video below.

Not to spoil the video below but if you love the roar of a naturally aspirated Ferrari engine, you might want to explore the 458 Italia. If speed is your passion, the Ferrari 488 GTB just might be your best choice.  Regardless, both are after all Ferraris.  As a result, they are both amazing cars and special in their own right.


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