New Ferrari with top speed of 330km/h not yet in production, but 200 Hongkongers have ordered one

We have some very loyal customers in Hong Kong, Ferrari CEO says at preview of new model, the 488 GTB - with some even ordering one before it was unveiled

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 August, 2015, 6:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 August, 2015, 7:16pm

Around 200 Hongkongers have already placed orders for Ferrari’s latest supercar, although production will not start until early next year, a company spokesman says.

The new car, the 488 GTB, replaces the 458 Italia - Ferrari’s best-selling model since it went into production in 2009. It comes with a HK3.998 million price tag, including the first-registration tax. 

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At a preview of the new supercar in Hong Kong on Thursday, Matteo Torre, president and CEO of Ferrari greater China, said some Hong Kong customers had placed orders for the 488 GTB even before details of the car were announced. It was unveiled in February 2015.

“We have some very loyal customers in Hong Kong. Some have many Ferraris,” Torre said. “I was speaking to one customer the other day who he told me he has 40 Ferraris.”

The 488 GTB is powered by an all-new, 3.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 660 horsepower – about 100 horsepower more than the 458 Italia – and 759 Newton metres of torque. The supercar can sprint from a stop to 100km/h in three seconds and has a top speed of 330km/h.

The model has big shoes to fill. The 458 Italia has been the Italian company’s flagship model and a status symbol many budding entrepreneurs aspire to own.

A 458 Italia Spider played a role in the downfall of former Chinese president Hu Jintao’s top aide, Ling Jihua, when his son was killed in a crash at the wheel of one on Beijing's North Fourth Ring Road  in 2012. Two young women in the car were seriously injured.