Not having Top Gear doesn’t mean that James May isn’t driving Ferraris, let alone on the back roads of Italy. In a video published by Sunday Times Driving, James May reviews the all new 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB. The first ever mid-engine Ferrari with a turbo charged engine (if you exclude the limited edition F40). Unlike our 458 Italia, the 488 puts out 662 horsepower which is 100 more than the naturally aspirated 4.5L V8 in the Italia. According to Ferrari, throttle response has only been reduced by .1 seconds, which isn’t a bad compromise given how flat the torque curve is.
Surprisingly, there is no waste-gate sound of the turbo blow off in the 488 GTB. A sound that is very common (and pleasant) to owners of cars such as the Subaru Impreza WRX or McLaren owners, the latter of which realize they have stout competition from their Italian competition.
The video gets entertaining around the 4 minute mark, as May wrings the 488 GTB on Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit in Italy.