There’s a new Ferrari in town, and Business Insider recently checked it out.
Unlike all the other mid-engined sports cars in its direct lineage, the 488 GTB has a turbocharged V8 engine: 3.9 litres, making 661 horsepower.
Turbochargers use engine exhaust to power turbines that compress air before feeding it into the cylinders: greater air mass means more power.
In this manner, a smaller-displacement engine can match the performance of a larger one.
The 488 has two turbos.
The outgoing V8, non-turbocharged (or “naturally aspirated”) on the Ferrari 458 was a 4.5-litre motor, making 570 horsepower.
The knock on turbos is that they “lag” — the power doesn’t come on as fast in response to the throttle as in old-school no-turbo engines.
But the 488 has no perceptible lag. Ferrari says it’s less than a second, in reality, but we honestly couldn’t tell.
I discuss the new engine in the video below (and I should point out that Ferrari is also using a turbo V8 in the California T):
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