Ferrari 488 special-edition dubbed Pista

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Coupled with the more powerful V8, the new auto takes just 2.85 seconds to do the 0-100 km/h sprint, which is 0.15 seconds quicker than the 488 GTB.

Ferrari has unveiled the 488 Pista which is the is the successor to Ferrari's V8-engined special series - the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. As to the engine, the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 has been massaged to produce a solid 530kW and 770Nm.

It's not just the engine that's set to make the 488 Pista become the most hardcore road-legal Ferrari ever, but also the modifications brought to its bodywork. Both the sound quality and the intensity are higher than the 488 GTB in all gears and at all engine speeds in proportion with the progressive increase in power.

The Ferrari 488 Pista weighs 90 kg less than the 488 GTB.

As a result of the ideal more power/less weight combo, the run from 0-62mph now takes 2.8 seconds, which means that the new vehicle does the run in two tenths of a second less than before. Also, the Ferrari 488 Pista comes equipped with Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, a system that uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers.

Alterations to the car's aerodynamics has also apparently improved the car's downforce by 20 per cent.

The design of the 488 Pista is focussed on functional aerodynamic concepts.

Two pictures were shared - one of the front and one of the rear.

Inside, the 488 Pista doesn't stray that far from a standard 488 GTB, but follows the grand tradition of keeping things lightweight and motorsport-inspired.

With the Pista name's literal translation, it's pretty clear Ferrari is aiming this auto directly at track enthusiasts, and probably wants to show the guys in Woking a thing or two in the process. The 488 Pista will celebrate its public debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.