Modena, Italy-based Ferrari has kept aficionados guessing about its much rumoured GTO. Well, Ferrari has its own way of doing things and has focused more on its track experiences and expertise for its latest 488 GTB evolutionary offering called ‘Pista’.

No, Pista is not the short form of Pistachio, but in Ferrari language it means “track” in Italian.

The Prancing Horse explains the 488 Pista benefits extensively from the lessons learned while competing in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship, a series which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The car’s engineering packaging includes flab reduction, aerodynamic tweaks and bumped up powertrain. Model specific upgrades include a S-shaped duct up front and a rear spoiler that’s higher and longer. This, according the Ferrari helps the Pista to generate 20per cent more downforce than the GTB on which it is based.

Owners of this car will be treated to a stripped-down cabin which was required to help shed off excess weight. The interior uses many bare carbon fibre. The Pista is nearly 200lbs lighter than the GTB.

Power comes from a tweaked twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine found in the 488 GTB. In this application it offers 720hp at 8,000 rpm and 567lb-ft of torque at 3,000rpm. It’s the most powerful V8 engine Ferrari has ever stuffed in a street-legal car.

The Pista’s performance credentials should delight even the hardcore. It is capable of doing the 0-96km/h sprint in jaw-dropping in 2.8secs, 198km/h from a stop in 7.6secs, and go on to a top speed of over 337km/h. It spins the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Trick software includes a special function that adjusts the pressure of the brake callipers to help drivers make the most of the Pista’s power regardless of their skill level behind the wheel.

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