Pay S$1.216-million and wait two years for Ferrari’s ultimate V8 coupe

Special series Ferrari 488 Pista model launched at Marina Bay, costs $1.216m without COE or options and has a two to three-year waitlist

Photos: Derryn Wong


Ferrari officially launched the higher-performance version of its 488 sports car, the 488 Pista, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel this evening in the run-up to the Singapore Grand Prix.

With more than 100 VIPs, Ferrari club members, customers and other guests in attendance, the car was unveiled by Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, and Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene, together with Mr Dieter Knechtel, CEO of Ferrari Far East & Middle East, and Mr Teo Hock Seng, Managing director of Ferrari importer Ital Auto (pictured in the title photo above, from left to right).

The 488 Pista is part of the brand’s legendary ‘Special series’ of V8 powered sports cars.

This series includes cars such as the 360 Challenge Stradale, the F430 Scuderia, and the 488 Pista’s direct predecessor, the 458 Speciale.

As it stands, the Pista is the fastest, most extreme V8 model currently produced by Ferrari, at $1,216m without COE or options, it costs roughly 30 percent more than the 488 GTB, which rings in at $995k w/o COE or options.

Regular Ferrari models usually have a waiting list of at least six months, but if you plonk your money down now, you’ll only take delivery of the car in two or three-years’ time. Plus, that’s if Ferrari lets you buy one in the first place – loyal customers and buyers known to the brand personally usually get first dibs on models like these.

Like the special series cars of the past, the 488 Pista undergoes a regimen of weight loss, a power increase, chassis and tuning improvements, as well as advanced electronics, all aimed at helping a driver go faster.

If you’re wondering how the Pista is like to drive, we can say that it’s spectacular, having tested the car on track and road in Maranello and in all likelihood, left stains of excitement in the car.

Over the already impressive 488 GTB is, in the words of Contributing Editor Dave, (pictured driving the Pista above) “like jumping out of a Gulfstream and into a fighter jet that is armed to the teeth and raring to tango, whatever the odds in the dog-fight.”  As a inveterate molester of Prancing Horses, he should know a thing or two. 

But to sum up, the changes the Pista sees over the GTB are numerous, and significant:  

New, updated electronic control systems like the sixth-generation Slip Slide Control (SSC), a Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) that allows for more on-the-limit driving with a (bit) of a safety net, there’s 50hp more from the reworked engine, 90kg worth of weight loss thanks to carbon composites and more, and improved aero that even helps ‘supercharge’ the intake air.

Can’t wait to own one? Well a 488 Pista Spider has just been announced, so if you don’t own any Ferraris at all, go buy yourself a 488 GTB, then put yourself on the waitlist for one right now and you still have a hope.

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Derryn Wong
CarBuyer's chief editor has a keen interest in all things mechanical, technological, animal and mineral. He's particularly fascinated by eco-cars and cars which make no logical sense. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he also enjoys cats.