The Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan are the stuff of every school kid's dreams; full-on, fiery supercars with high-brow Italian breeding and enough accelerative force to blow your Ray-Ban's off without even breaking a sweat. But the standard versions are really just the Waitrose of the exotic car world. The really, really rich and important people, who properly love cars, going fast and having the best of the best, want the lightweight, tuned-up, all-guns-blazing version. They want the Harrods food hall version.
Oh, they're so good. You can read all about the Ferrari 488 Pista in our first drive, but to take something as vibrant and alive as the Ferrari 488 GTB, and make it drastically more powerful, lighter and even more banzai is a bit mental and yet brilliant. The Huracan Performante delivers a slightly different character of super-special supercar, with its ecstatically wonderful naturally-aspirated V10 engine and rear-biased four-wheel drive.
Scroll down for the full galleries of the Ferrari prototype in action, and the finished thing at Geneva, as well as the Lambo in a variety of spectacular colours. And of course, have a look at how the numbers stack up below to see which one wins at the numbers game.
|Ferrari 488 Pista||Lamborghini Huracan Performante|
|Engine||3.9-litre, V8 twin-turbo petrol||5.2-litre, V10|
|Transmission||7-speed dual-clutch auto||7-speed dual-clutch auto|
|Drivetrain||Rear-wheel drive||Four-wheel drive|
|Power||711bhp at 8000rpm||630bhp at 8000rpm|
|Torque||568lb ft at 3000rpm||443lb ft at 6500rpm|
|Power per tonne||513bhp||459bhp|
|Width (excl. mirrors)||1975mm||1924mm|
Which one wins?
The nod has to go to the Ferrari. It's more expensive and has two fewer driven wheels, but it's more powerful and check out the 0-124mph time... Both the Lambo and Ferrari are up to 62mph in much the same 2.9sec time, but the 488 bullies its way to 124mph a whacking 1.3sec faster, which in supercar terms is a lot. Those turbos, which you'll note serve up vastly more torque from much lower revs, would be the reason why, as much as the extra bhp.
And yet, a nod to the Huracan here. Because while the Ferrari trounces it in terms of performance numbers, the Huracan's V10 is a thing of ungodly brilliance, and our money would quite probably go to the Lambo for that reason alone. Call us dinosaurs if you will, but there just aren't enough naturally aspirated engines in the world any more, and you can check out our video of the Audi R8 RWS to get a really good earful of why we reckon this V10 makes us quite so dewey-eyed and nostalgic for non-turbo engines.
But yes, the Ferrari with its brutal V8 takes the win here with some ease. The next question is will the Pista beat the Performante's ludicrous 'Ring time? We'd bet that it will, but we'll have to wait and see.