We called it “Mid-Engine Magic” in our First Drive of the Ferrari 488 GTB. The car earned that title mostly because of the wonderful powerplant sitting behind the driver’s head. It’s a 3.9-liter V-8 that breathes heavily through a pair of turbochargers. That mighty eight cylinder and its twin snails is good for 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. It’s also good enough to win the title of 2016 International Engine of the Year.
So what makes the engine so magical? Ferrari has put together an interesting video that goes into some of the details. At the core though, we’re dealing with a Ferrari engine that manages to keep the power and noise while not diluting the fun by moving to a turbocharged setup.
The 488 GTB can rocket from 0-62 mph in just three seconds. With enough road in front of the nose, the car will hit 205 mph. Even with those two turbos, the throttle response time is just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm in third gear. That’s right inline with naturally aspirated motors.
It’s easy for Internet keyboard jockeys to dismiss Ferrari’s move to a turbocharged V-8, instead of sticking with naturally aspirated options. The good news for Ferrari, of course, is that those folks are wrong. The car is insanely quick and still sounds very much like a car should when it’s wearing the prancing horse on its fenders.