To convince Ferrari’s faithful V-8 coupe buyers -- half of whom have already owned a similar model from the supercar maker -- that the turbocharged 488 GTB is more powerful and greener than its predecessor, Ferrari offered multiple ways to compare the emissions from its new and old offerings. The turbocharged 488 GTB delivers 661 hp and emits 260 grams of CO2 per km while its predecessor, the 458 Italia with a naturally aspirated engine, offered 562 hp and had emissions of 275g/km. That means power jumped by 18 percent (+99 hp) while CO2 emissions dropped by 5.5 percent.
What Ferrari considers even more significant is the new car’s reduction in CO2 emissions per hp: the 488’s 0.39g/km/hp is 20 percent lower than the 0.49g/km/hp in the 458, which was launched in 2009.
“Owners of our Sport V-8 models are extremely loyal and extremely demanding,” Ferrari Product Director Nicola Boari said. The 488’s improvements over the 458 come mostly because of Ferrari’s switch to a new 3.9-liter engine, which added two twin-scroll turbochargers. The 458 has a normally aspirated 4.5-liter unit and no turbos. The turbos also helped reduce the 488’s 0-100khp time to 3 seconds from 3.4 seconds in the 458.