2019 Ferrari 488 Pista
2019 Ferrari 488 Pista. I just had some serious alone time in Maranello with a Ferrari 488 Pista, a car that will start at $350,050 when it arrives this winter. Ferrari’s only instructions were to go drive and be back in time for lunch at Ristorante Cavallino next to the factory. Press launches are never this laid back, and there’s always another media member along as a driving partner who has to listen to your nonsense, but they’re also waiting for their chance to drive, ready to steal your seat time.
Without a passenger to talk to, I’m left with questions bouncing in my head, which you now get to hear. Like why do people open the shades on airplanes when there’s turbulence? Are they expecting to see a construction crew? Or, when exactly in our lives does a smock become an apron? I think it happens around age 10.
Except it’s not called Speciale. It’s the 488 Pista—pista is Italian for “track”—and it’s the fourth in a line of limited-edition, track-focused versions of Ferrari’s mid-engine V-8 two-seaters. The first was the 2004 360 Challenge Stradale, a car so good it made you feel like you should really be doing more with your life. Next came the 430 Scuderia, another stripped-down, ridiculously quick and rare Ferrari that we tested in Italy in 2009 as part of a comparison test with an Audi R8 V10. That Scuderia didn’t have floor mats or windows that opened. The Audi did. The Audi lost. The 458 Speciale followed. It more than lived up to its name. Read more about the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista...