Building cars that look more at home on the race track than the city streets has been Ferrari’s identity since Enzo slapped the first prancing horse on a hood in 1947. In the passing decades little has changed, and the freshly released 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista stays true to its heritage of being a purebred race machine.
Set to debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the 488 Pista joins the ranks of the fabled special edition V8 series that include the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. Working off the 488 GTB of years past, the Pista weighs in nearly 200 lbs less, while adding 50 hp, giving the 3.9-Liter twin turbo V8 a massive 185 hp/L output, for a total of 720 ponies and over 565 lb•ft of torque. With the reduction in weight and addition of power, the 488 Pista boasts a 210 mph top speed and 0-60 acceleration time of 2.85-seconds. Many improvements were made to the body as well, with a redesigned F1-inspired S-Duct and front diffusers, as well as a taller and longer rear blown spoiler, boosting the downforce 20% over previous 488 models. All in all, the 488 Pista is a track ready beast fitted with a mount for a license plate.