Published on June 11th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ferrari 488 GTB Gets More Muscle with Novitec Rosso
Even a top-notch sports car can never have enough power. That is why the NOVITEC ROSSO engine technicians developed various performance kits for the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine of the 488 series. As a special feature, the engine tuning can be activated and deactivated in a flash with the Manettino dial on the steering wheel.
To this end, the technicians adapt two NOVITEC ROSSO N-TRONIC control modules to the engine electronics of the two-seat car. The modules control the eight-cylinder with newly programmed mapping for injection and ignition and modify the electronic boost pressure control.
To further optimise the power output and make the engine sound even more exciting at the same time, the installation of a NOVITEC ROSSO high-performance exhaust system is advisable. They come in various versions including one made from especially lightweight Inconel, and with optional electronic sound management. Also available are 100-cell high-flow sports catalysts.
In its most extreme evolutionary stage, the turbocharged eight-cylinder with NOVITEC ROSSO engine tuning puts out 102 hp more than the production engine and also adds 132 Nm of torque for a new peak torque of 892 Nm at a low 3,250 rpm. This increase in output to 772 hp at 7,950 rpm naturally also benefits the car’s performance: From rest, the two-seat sports car accelerates to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. Top speed increases to 342 km/h.
The front of the 488 receives some added profile with an extensive NOVITEC ROSSO upgrade. To this end, a front spoiler lip and side flaps are mounted to the bumper for a further reduction in lift at high speeds. An additional surround for the central air intake rounds out the extremely sporty looks.
A large rear airfoil, also optionally available with a naked carbon finish, dominates the rear end visually. The new diffuser attachment for the rear bumper adds further aerodynamic finishing touches. Carbon surrounds for the two tail lamps and the air outlets at the rear round out the NOVITEC ROSSO design package.
Of course, the wheels have a decisive influence on the looks of the vehicle. NOVITEC ROSSO styled various tire/wheel combinations with one-piece and three-piece design specifically for the Ferrari 488.
Another NOVITEC ROSSO hi-tech development is the hydraulic suspension system for all Ferrari 488 models. It lowers the ride height of the sports car by about 35 millimetres. What is more: The hydraulic front lift system can also raise the sports car by 40 millimetres at the touch of a button in the cockpit. This makes it easier to navigate a parking garage ramp or over a speed hump in city traffic. The front end reverts to its original position at a second touch of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h.