Prancing Kiwis grab Ferrari 488s
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TURBO V8 FERRARI DRAGS IN BUYERS
New Zealand Ferrari owners have snapped up the new 488 GTB sports cars after the recent Australasian launch in Sydney.
The 488 GTB has a 3.9-litre, V8 engine and moves from naturally aspirated to turbocharged.
The last time Ferrari had a mid-engine V8 was 40 years ago with the 308.
It has 45 per cent more torque than 458 Italia and is 21 per cent faster — from 0 to 200km/h in 8.3 seconds. The 0 to 100km/h figure is 3.0 seconds.
The 3.8-litre turbo engine has 492kW of power and 760Nm of torque with a weight distribution of 41.5 per cent front and 58.5 per cent rear.
The car is priced from $449,888, and demand in New Zealand had been “unprecedented”, Appleroth told Driven in an exclusive interview.
“The market in New Zealand is quite strong ... with sales this year up on last year.’’
Some of the soon-to-be Kiwi owners attended a customer cocktail launch party at Sydney’s Inglis Stables, with 300 local guests, most of them owners of the Italian sports car.
“The New Zealanders who are here are passionate about the car and don’t want to wait six weeks until the New Zealand launch to see the car,” Appleroth told Driven.
The scalloped sides of the new Ferrari were inspired by the 308 GTB while the rear has a low, sporty appearance.
“We had to increase downforce but not increase drag, so the spoiler technology comes from F1,” Appleroth said at the press conference.
“There is more downforce, yet it is more efficient through the air ... the 488 combines all the technology from the F1 track.”
The Italian sports car has new 20-inch alloy wheels, designed to reduce weight.
The 488 GTB also gains a new infotainment system, customised seats and a new colour, Rosso Corsa Metallizzato.
“The global catch phrase for the 488 GTB is ‘Words are not enough’ and I think that says it all,” said Appleroth.