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At a time when everyone is talking about reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, sports car manufacturers seem to have never been so aggressive. The proof is in the new Ferrari 488 GTB, which at first glance might appear to be a simple update of the 458 Italia. However, from the specification sheet, you can clearly sense a desire on the part of the Italians to remain at the top of the category at all costs. With the adoption of a new 3.9 twin-turbo V8 in place of the naturally-aspirated 4.5 V8, the saloon gains 100 bhp in one fell swoop, going from 570 to 670 bhp. The performance figures claimed were at a level not so long ago reserved for the sharpest supercars, with a 0 to 100 kph time of 3 seconds and a 0 to 200 kph time of 8.3 seconds. This new Ferrari could even have dominated the category, had it not been for rival McLaren’s presentation of the ultimate evolution of its 12C, the even more powerful 675 LT (675 bhp and 7.9 s for 0 to 200). Nevertheless, we can imagine that the firm with the cavallino will not hesitate to bring out a more extreme 488 Speciale in a year or two’s time… As for charisma, it is difficult to separate the champions from Modena and Woking, since they both rival each other in terms of suggested sportiness. In this respect, the 488 GTB boasts new fascias and modified air intakes compared to its predecessor, making it even more aggressive from certain angles.