Five Turbocharged Ferrari Cars Before GTC4 Lusso T

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Ferrari GTC4 hit the roads just a few days ago. The model can also be called as a less powerful, Maranello-bred four seater. The car has got a turbocharged V8 engine, but it is not the first turbocharged Prancing Horse.

The Italian firm first introduced it turbocharged engine back in 1981 for Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi to drive in the Formula 1 World Championship. It was a winning car taking two race victories before taking back-to-back titles. Now, after three and a half decade since, we can buy turbo V8 road cars comes under the brand - Ferrari.

After a 22-year gap in Ferrari's turbo development, the Maranello-based company is back with forced induction. Scroll down to see the old turbocharged Prancing Horses.


1982 saw the introduction of Ferrari's 208 GTB and GTS Turbo. The 208 was based on the 308 which was launched in 1975. The company made the 208 version when local taxes heavily penalised cars with engines displacing more than two litres.

As a result, the 208 version in 1980 only produced 153bhp. But later, with a single turbocharger, the Italian manufacturer increased output to 217bhp.

288 GTO

The 288 GTO particular car is widely regarded as the first of Ferrari's flagship supercars. The 288 was also based on the 308, but this time with two turbochargers applied to a larger 2.9-litre V8 engine.

The GTO a sprint to 100 km/h in 5 seconds flat, thanks to the massive 400bhp producing engine. Ferrari also teased about making an Evoluzione version, which was said to produce as much as 600 bhp. The company also developed and homologated the 288 to compete in races under the FIA's Group B regulations. But the class was eliminated by organisers before the GTO got to compete.


After the Group B demise, Ferrari used the 288 program as a base for a car which could be described as the most iconic of the Maranello made supercars of all time: the legend, F40. The car had bodywork made from carbon, Kevlar and aluminium with myriad NACA ducts and that huge signature handlebar rear wing.

Even though it wore a fresh bodywork, the engine remained the same but now kicking out 471bhp. And that's more than twice what the 208 GTB Turbo produced. The twin-turbocharged monster - F40 was succeeded by the naturally aspirated, twelve cylinder F50.

California T

After the discontinuation of the F40 in 1992, Ferrari took 22 years to come with another turbocharged model - California T. The car had a folding hardtop and it replaced the California, which had a 4.3-litre naturally aspirated V8.

The T model was packed with a smaller 3.9-litre V8 unit and a pair of turbochargers capable of producing 552bhp and 557Nm of torque. Now the engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

488 GTB

This current Ferrari model has got a twin-turbocharged V8 producing a massive output of 661bhp and 760Nm of torque. The last mid-engined turbocharged Ferrari before 488 GTB was the F40 and it is also the first turbo Ferrari to offer multiple body styles since the GTB/GTS Turbo with the arrival of Spider version.

It did a Fiorano lap time of 1:23 flat, making it the fastest eight-cylinder Ferrari ever to lap the company's test track. The car coming behind only the twelve-cylinder F12 Berlinetta, F12 TDF and LaFerrari.

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