Question Of The Day: How Long Until Atmospheric Ferraris Rise In Price?

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
question of the day how long until atmospheric ferraris rise in price

Today marked the introduction of the second turbocharged Ferrari, the 488 GTB. Replacing the 458 Italia, the 488 is another move towards the eventual replacement of naturally aspirated Ferrari engines with turbocharged units.

Ferrari’s engineers are on record as stating that they “don’t like turbos” and are moving towards them solely for regulatory compliance reasons. By all accounts, the new California T is about as good as a turbocharged engine can get in terms of throttle response and driver engagement. The new 488 GTB gets a downsized 3.9L V8 (versus 4.5 in the old car) making a massive 661 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque – 64 more than the 458 Speciale that Jack was enamored with during R&T’s Performance Car of the Year test.

But Hooniverse editor and TTAC contributor Kamil Kaluski raised an interesting point. Will Ferrari values rise for the pre-turbo models, similar to air-cooled Porsches?

Moving from N/A to turbo engines doesn’t represent a wholesale change in character the way that the shift from air to water cooling did for Porsche. But it’s not out of the question. Let us know your thoughts.

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  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Feb 03, 2015

    Man, that looks so much better than the 458 it's not even close to funny.

  • Healthy skeptic Healthy skeptic on Feb 04, 2015

    When did this worship of the naturally aspirated engine suddenly arise? Seems like about 18 months ago, from what I can tell. TTAC, BMW forums...I see it everywhere these days. Now we're even getting NA-worship clickbait articles. Why didn't I get the memo? And here I was, thinking turbocharging is a good thing.

    • Mcs Mcs on Feb 04, 2015

      This is nothing, wait until hybrid supercars start becoming more common. In fact, the 488 could be one of the last non-hybrid Ferraris.

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