The most eagerly-awaited moment of the Geneva Show was, of course, the official unveiling of the 488 GTB, which sets a new benchmark for the sports car sector. Forty years on from the launch of Ferrari’s iconic first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308, the 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this architecture.
The 488 GTB made its debut in a new Rosso Corsa Met livery with black and red technical fabric cabin trim, and in a Grigio Ferro Met livery with black and Beige Tradizione leather interior trim. However, as always, the unveiling of the new model was not the only attraction for visitors to the Ferrari stand.
In terms of extreme performance, the F12berlinetta is the most powerful model in the Ferrari range, courtesy of its 740 cv V12 engine and transaxle architecture. Two versions are on the stand: the first sports the now-traditional triple-layer Rosso Maranello livery with a leather interior and carbon-fibre trim while the second is a Tailor Made homage to the Ecurie Francorchamps team, specifically the 250 GTO that won the 1964 Tour de France. It is in the same Argento Auteil colour as the latter with a triple-layer yellow racing cross-stripe on its bonnet.
Alongside the sports cars are Ferrari’s other GTs: the California T coupé-cabriolet in an elegant two-tone Nero Stellato and Grigio Brunito livery complemented by a Tortora cabin is joined by the four-seater, four-wheel-drive FF in modern Bianco Italia with a Sterling interior. Both models feature CarPlay, the simplest, safest and most entertaining way to use your iPhone in the car.
Also on the stand is the Formula One single-seater which pays fitting testimony to Ferrari’s inextricable links to motorsport on the eve of the new season.
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