If you ticked every lightweight option on the order form for a 360 CS, you could make it 110kg lighter than a 360 Modena. By the time of the 458 Speciale, the weight loss from the standard car was down to 90kg.
The 488 Pista offers a nothing if not predictable 90kg saving, bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg with lightweight options; or 1465kg as weighed in the case of our test car, which, allowing for the full tank of petrol it was carrying and the mass of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016 (1555kg on the scales in like-for-like running order), makes Ferrari’s claim entirely credible.
The section of the 488’s bodywork ahead of the front axle has been entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet and front bumper, and inside it, the lateral radiators so important for engine cooling have been inclined rearwards rather than forwards, to the improvement of both cooling efficiency and the car’s aerodynamic performance.
At the rear, a carbonfibre bumper and spoiler do their bit for weight saving, with a Plexiglass engine cover also saving a few grams. There’s a lithium ion battery, too, and a set of optional carbonfibre wheels (fitted on the car we performance tested, although not on the one we photographed) that are 40% lighter than the car’s standard alloys.