As someone who's had the good fortune of riding in some of the best Ferraris of all time — from a 250 GTO to a LaFerrari — I was prepared to be underwhelmed by the automaker's new 488 GTB.
After all, this was a turbo-engine vehicle coming from a company made famous for its supercars' naturally aspirated roar and howl. And in photos, the 488's hulking side vents looked out of proportion to its otherwise classic grace.
I was wrong.
After spending a day with the 488 GTB, recently named Car of the Year by Robb Report magazine, I can say two things: It is a vision to look at, and a full-body blood-rush to drive.
The surprises start when you turn on the engine. Much has been made about Ferrari switching to turbos, causing many aficionados to worry that the "whoosh" of a turbocharger would kill the Ferrari engine sound so many buyers crave.