A “dynamic enhancer” will enable less-expert drivers to more easily reach and control “performance-to-the-limit” levels. If that sounds frightening to you, then don’t go there. If you do, you should more confidently be able to handle over steer and deal with rapid direction changes – a particularly handy feature in Melbourne’s aggressive traffic. It sounds like a stability control system but Ferrari insists the enhancer is a maximum-performance-focused system. Regardless, it will help bring out the true driver in you. Another race-ready feature – this one a first for a Ferrari road car – is a lateral dynamics control system which uses software to adjust the brake pressure on the callipers when the car is going through, and exiting, corners. It apparently makes controlling the car’s lateral movements more intuitive, controllable and predictable, especially at speed.
Given the car’s race DNA, don’t expect much in the cockpit. All superfluous elements have been eliminated, including the glove box – there are pockets on the back bench and some space in the doors. The typical Ferrari sophistication is in place, though, in the contrasting hand-stitching, aluminium tread plates and triangle heel rests.
The workshop of Ferrari’s new 2400 sqm North Shore Service Centre was a fitting backdrop for yesterday’s launch. The $10 million investment is evidence also of Ferrari’s efforts to improve its customers’ experience as well as a uniquely Australian push to attract more women into its cars.
I’m not sure the 488 Pista is going to be the model to get them over the line at $645,000. However, ladies who are interested will be able to see it in action next week when it makes its Australian public debut at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival.