New Ferrari 488 Pista Is Out For McLaren 720S Blood In Geneva

By Hannah Elliott

Today on the Pebble Beach Golf Course in California, Ferrari unveiled the 50th convertible model it has ever made, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider.

This 488 Pista Spider is the continuation of Ferrari’s top-selling 488 line. It has the most powerful Ferrari V8 engine ever—720 horsepower on twin-turbos—and a unique barking rev sound thanks to the fact that it now packs a retractable rooftop. The Pista Spider can go to 62mph in 2.8 seconds; top speed is 211mph. (Pista is Italian for “track,” after all, which signifies just where this car is best suited to live.)

But there’s not much to see here that is new from the 488 Pista, except for that folding roof.

Porsche, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz: The Futuristic And Fancy Cars At Geneva Motor Show

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Supercars Of The Future

15 Mar, 2018The ongoing 2018 Geneva Motor Show is the first major European car show of the year. Car makers pulled out all the stops to show off their latest and greatest. From Ferrari to McLaren and Aston Martin to Mercedes, Geneva is packed with the next generation of exotics. In addition, there are a host of production-ready models from mass-market luxury brands. Automakers around the world are making sure that supercars of the future don’t stop at fuel stations. Here’s a closer look at the eight coolest cars at the show:

Aston Martin

15 Mar, 2018Geneva marked the auto show debut of Aston Martin’s new Vantage sports car — the automaker’s thoroughbred twin-turbocharged V8 sports coupe. The racer is in the final stages of an intensive development programme ahead of its international race debut at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (in Belgium) in May.


15 Mar, 2018 Audi unveiled its e-tron electric prototype — the luxury-class sport SUV that has a total output of 320 kW and sprints from a standstill to 100 kmph in 4.6 seconds. The e-tron claims to have a range of more than 500 kilometres for full everyday usability.


15 Mar, 2018Porsche also introduced its Mission E Cross Turismo concept. It’s an all-electric crossover wagon designed to take on the Tesla Model X. The car can accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in less than 3.5 seconds and reach a speed of 200 kmph in less than 12 seconds.


15 Mar, 2018McLaren’s 789 horsepower Senna supercar is also a crowdpuller this year. It has the most powerful internal combustion engine McLaren has ever built, a staggering power-to-weight ratio of 668PS-per-tonne (659bhp), sprints from zero to 200 kmph in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 340 kmph.Next

Besides the bold blue racing stripe down the front of the car, the most notable changes to this 488 Pista Spider are its new diamond-finish 20-inch alloy wheels with a novel 10-spoke star-effect and the optional one-piece carbon-fiber wheels that offer a 20-percent weight reduction over the forged alloys that come standard with the car. Launch control is still there, actuated by a button on the LaFerrari-like carbon-fiber outcropping, as are the dynamic traction control settings and a chassis firm enough to make you feel like a true speedracer—even on your way to Malibu Kitchen.

Ferrari executives at the debut said the premiere in the United States was a natural choice given that ever since the 1950s, North American buyers have always bought higher numbers of “high-performance convertibles” compared to consumers in Europe and the Middle East.

Here’s the bad news: The roof adds 200 pounds to the superlight Pista, which you’ll notice around corners. And, although the pricing has yet to be announced, it’s sure to hit in the high $350,000 range, with orders on the limited run starting now. Better hurry to get your allocation now.

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