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Ferrari has officially unveiled the track-ready 488 Pista, ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the Geneva motor show.

Power comes from an uprated version of the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 in the 488 GTB, making 530kW of power at 8000rpm, and 770Nm of torque at 3000rpm – although that figure comes in seventh gear, thanks to some funky tuning for a more naturally-aspirated feel.

It’s the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history, and performance figures are equally as impressive. The 100km/h sprint takes just 2.85 seconds, while 200km/h blows by in 7.6 seconds. Top speed is a lofty 340km/h and, perhaps most excitingly for us onlookers, there should be more noise at any speed.

Along with the extra power, Ferrari has put the 488 on a strict diet, shaving 90kg from its kerb weight.

To make sure those changes don’t make the car a flighty mess, it has a comprehensively overhauled aerodynamics package. At the front, the splitter runs with the same ramp angle as the 488 GTE racer, while an F1-style ‘S-duct’ draws air from the underside of the nose and feeds it out the giant new vent in the bonnet.

While we’re talking motorsport-inspired aerodynamics, the rear spoiler is ‘blown’ to create more downforce, contributing to a 20 per cent overall increase in downforce over the ‘standard’ 488 GTB. All these changes make for a seriously pretty car, too, which isn’t always a given with track-ready racers.

Extra downforce aside, there’s plenty of electro-trickery on board to make the Pista more manageable at full noise. Along with the individual E-Differential, F1-inspired traction control and magnetically-controlled dampers, Ferrari has its Side Slip Control 6.0 system managing the whole dance.

As if those assists weren’t enough, the 488 Pista debuts something called the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, which uses on-board software to adjust brake pressure at the calipers.

Australia

As we said earlier today, an Australian source says the Pista will cost $645,000 drive-away when it arrives later this year. Carbon-fibre wheels are expected to be a $28,000 option, although they’re not mentioned in the official Ferrari release.

UPDATE: The story initially quoted the price as before on-road costs, when in fact it’s drive-away. The error has been corrected.

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