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- Highs Unforgettable handling, rocketlike acceleration, comfortable cabin.
- Lows Missing key driver-assistance features, not as quick as a less expensive rival, not available with Android Auto smartphone integration.
- Verdict Bold and brash, the 488 Pista is an Italian supercar that delivers bracing speed and keen, exhilarating handling.
The 2020 Ferrari 488 Pista is the stuff of supercar dreams. Broad-shouldered with bulging fenders and a graceful arch of a roof, this confident Italian stands out in a crowd. Its cabin is surprisingly spacious, offering more real estate than you typically find in a two-door sports car. When it comes to performance, the 488 provides the power and poise you'd expect from a car crafted by the legendary Ferrari nameplate. It rockets from a standstill to 60 mph in less than three seconds, and it whips through corners and barrels down straightaways with singular agility. This Ferrari costs about as much as a home in the suburbs, but if you have the means, it has the goods to thrill and excite.
What's New for 2020?
For the 2020 model year, the 488's trim lineup shrinks from three to two, leaving just the Pista and the Pista Spider.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Ferrari offers the 488 Pista in coupe and convertible variants. Unless you have a distinct preference for the feel of wind whipping through your hair, we think you'll be more than satisfied with the coupe, which is slightly more affordable than the droptop. The Pista coupe comes with 20-inch wheels and the exterior is embellished with a jaunty racing stripe. A standard wing spoiler and sill extensions telegraph the car's performance capabilities. Automatic projector-beam LED headlights illuminate the path ahead, and they come with an auto-leveling feature. The list of standard exterior amenities also includes heated, power-folding side-view mirrors; LED taillights; rear fog lamps; and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The cabin is home to standard equipment such as one-piece racing carbon-fiber seats, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry and ignition. With its long list of optional amenities, the 488 gives you ample opportunity to make this car uniquely your own. You can choose from a bevy of upholstery choices, and this Ferrari can be upgraded with exterior options such as ceramic exhaust pipes and painted brake calipers.
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Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 lives under the 488's hood, and it generates a whopping 711 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic gearbox governs the proceedings, sending power to the car's rear wheels. The 488 is purpose-built to quench your thirst for speed. In our track tests, it made the dash from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.7 seconds. That puts it on equal footing with the McLaren 720S. The Lamborghini Huracán Evo is quicker, however, making the sprint in just 2.5 seconds. The 488's suspension manages to be both communicative and smooth, delivering a ride quality that makes this car a reasonably livable companion in daily driving.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to EPA estimates, fuel economy for the 2020 Ferrari 488 comes in at 15/20 mpg city/highway. That makes it a more efficient choice than the Lamborghini Huracán, which is rated at up to 13/18 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 488 is a two-seater, and both passengers are treated to a cabin that offers more room than you usually find in a high-dollar exotic. The interior features performance-themed design cues that mirror the assertive look of the car's sheetmetal. As is typical for cars in this class, there's not a whole lot of cargo space. The 488 Pista offers a mere six cubic feet of room for your belongings.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Ferrari's 488 comes standard with tech amenities such as an integrated navigation system and a six-speaker audio system. All models are equipped with Bluetooth phone and streaming audio. Apple CarPlay integration is offered for seamless connection to your devices, but Android Auto isn't available.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
As is the case with low-volume exotic cars, the 2020 Ferrari 488 hasn't been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Additionally, the 488 has a sparse selection of driver-assistance features. Amenities such as a blind-spot warning system aren't offered. Key safety features include:
- Standard backup camera
- Standard rear parking sensors
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ferrari's limited and powertrain warranties deliver coverage that equals the protection offered by Lamborghini. However, Ferrari distinguishes itself by providing seven years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Lamborghini doesn't provide complimentary scheduled maintenance for its vehicles.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance covers 7 years or unlimited miles