Ferrari 488 Pista photos leaked: feisty looks announce matching performance

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Ferrari has released the official images of the 721PS 488 Pista for now but the official unveiling will take place at the Geneva Motor Show scheduled to take place in the first week of March.

According to Motor Authority, the name "Pista" has been confirmed for the more hardcore version of Ferrari's V8-engined supersports auto, which in Italian translates to "track" - ending talk of a 'Speciale' or 'GTO' badge. As to the engine, the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 has been massaged to produce a solid 530kW and 770Nm. While previous reports speculated that this new model could be known as the 488 GTO or the 488 Speciale, new images that were recently leaked on the web suggest otherwise. The car's development evolved directly from the company's involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship - in which it has won five Manufacturers' titles in the GTE class in the six years.

It is also reportedly lighter than the GTB, topping the scales at 1,280kg compared to 1,370kg.

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Around 200 pounds (91kg) has allegedly been cut, translating to a 2.8-second sprint from 0-100km/h and a top speed of 211mph (340km/h) - a 0.2 and 10km/h improvement over the "regular" 488.

It's not just the engine that's set to make the 488 Pista become the most hardcore road-legal Ferrari ever, but also the modifications brought to its bodywork. Other tweaks include an updated side slip angle control and something called a "Dynamic Enhancer" related to the supercar's sophisticated braking system. Among the racing solutions adopted is the front F1-inspired S-Duct and the design of the front diffusers which feature a ramp angle that was optimised for the 488 GTE to create strong suction for increased downforce.

If the 720S is 1419kg and the 488 GTB is 1475kg, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Pista drop more than 100kg.