Ferrari: Sports Car of the Year, Supercar of the Year

January 31st, 2019 by

488 PistaChicago drivers in the market for a new Ferrari know of the automaker’s legacy for performance, elegance, and luxury, but it seems like we at Ferrari Lake Forest are reminded of it every year around awards season. We are proud to share with our readers that the Ferrari 488 line has taken home even more accolades. The Ferrari 488 Pista — sibling of the 488 GTB and 488 Spider — has been nominated Sports Car of the Year by MotorSport and namedSupercar of the Year by Top Gear. Learn more about each of these awards below.

Supercar of the Year

There are few automotive publications with Top Gear’s reputation: sincere, but harsh. Their love for the automobile is tempered by exacting standards and personal tastes, and earning praise from Top Gear is rarely easy. Yet they have named the Ferrari 488 Pista their Supercar of the Year, highlighting its

  • 2,800-pound weight
  • 711-hp turbocharged powertrain
  • Fiorano lap time (eight seconds faster than the F40)

Those are simply the traits that allowed the Ferrari the attention of the Top Gear team, however. What made this vehicle a winner is something a bit tougher to define. They call it “hairiness,” a playful uncertainty in driving dynamics that allows even the most seasoned driver to be pleasantly surprised on the road. It’s a rarity in an automotive landscape that favors homogeny, and it’s their most celebrated aspect of the 488 Pista. They say “Ferrari hasn’t just managed to make 700 hp usable – it’s made it fun.”

Sports Car of the Year

While we are excited for a Ferrari to be named Supercar of the Year, we know that many Chicago drivers come to Ferrari Lake Forest looking for something more than specs and handling. MotorSport’s nomination of the Ferrari 488 Pista as Sports Car of the Year goes beyond the numbers and dives deep into what makes an automobile truly incredible.

MotorSport said “The 488 Pista is a concentration of all the criteria sought by any lover of strong sensations on four wheels,” eliminating 11 competitors and delivering success due to its performance specs as much as its Alcantara and carbon fiber interior. The cabin delivers the impression of a cockpit — fitting — with a more compact dashboard, a sleek design, and easy to reference satellite pods (an alternative to the clustered dash gauges of competing vehicles).

Drive Home an Award-Winning Auto

The Ferrari 488 Pista is simply the latest in a long line of award-winning vehicles. Contact Ferrari Lake Forest to learn more about the Ferrari legacy or to see it in action firsthand with a test drive of a new model.

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