Insane 735hp Ferrari 488 GTB from Wheelsandmore
Published December 22, 2015
If there were a list of “world’s toughest cars to make a good replacement for”, the Ferrari 458 would be right near the top. It was an absolute phenomenon when it debuted and, luckily for Ferrari, it lived up to all of the hype. Even though the first batch may have had a little problem with randomly bursting into flame, enthusiasts were not deterred. That says it all, really.
Ferrari never stopped being cool and their cars never stopped being desirable, but they were nothing too extraordinary for a while. The F430, the 612 Scaglietti, and so on, were just very nice sports cars. At the same time, affordable cars were getting much faster. Light, tuned import cars started to put out some very respectable horsepower numbers. Something had to change, and Ferrari needed a spectacular new car to show the world, once again, why you go to Ferrari if you are serious about speed.
The 458 Italia did that job perfectly, and I bet the price of used Ferraris dropped not too long after due to so many customers upgrading. It was the new classic Ferrari. But now it’s not new, and even with the bar set so high, Ferrari’s competition is closing in. With Lamborghini unveiling the Huracan and McLaren showing off their 650s, the prancing horse had a big plate to step up to. That’s when they announced the 488 GTB.
They kept everything good about the 458 and added in a bunch more. Ultimately, the cars look similar enough that the average person wouldn’t be able to tell them apart until they were up close, but that is not really a bad thing. It is just really hard to improve on the 458’s looks. Also, the 488’s styling has elements of LaFerrari mixed in, which makes it hard to imagine the car as being anything short of awesome.
Now, a tuning company by the name of Wheelsandmore has made a kit to take the already substantial power output from the 488 GTB and bring it up to a whopping 735 horsepower. The kit includes a performance exhaust system, new air filters, and an upgraded ECU. Without the exhaust system, the kit still brings the engine up to 720 horsepower.
You can get the whole kit for just under $11,000 US, while the kit without the exhaust system is only $3,200. While that is a pretty expensive 15 horsepower, it doesn’t make much sense to try and be budget-friendly after buying and tuning a Ferrari 488 GTB. Wheelsandmore also offers the 3-piece wheels shown on the car above, made specially for the 488.
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