- Hollis Johnson
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 liters, 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.
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):