When a supercar looks this good, it warrants a moment of silence before you start talking about it. You may recognize it as the Ferrari 488 GTB, but this particular example is so much more than that. It’s the 488 GTB N-Largo by Novitec Rosso and as you can see, it is simply divine. Novitec Rosso is the Ferrari focused division of the Novitec Group, which happens to be one of the most respected supercar tuners in the entire world. And there’s something special about the N-Largo models that makes them incredibly appealing to me. If you need another example, look no further than the F12 N-Largo that I’ve reported on before.

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Novitec dabbles with quite a few major manufacturers and has a full division for each. Just recently we also brought you the Maserati Levante that’s had the full Novitec treatment. But as good as it looked, this N-Largo 488 GTB makes it look like amateur hour. It’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what it is that makes this particular car so damn appealing, but when I saw it, I fell in love. Interestingly I felt the same way when I saw the F12 N-Largo, there seems to be a trend here.

Since we love the performance aspect of cars maybe even more than the overall look of a vehicle, I should probably start with the upgrades that pertain to that, which there are plenty of. The 488 is already an extremely potent supercar in stock form with its twin turbo 3.9L V8 and neck snapping 661hp and 560lb-ft of torque. But after Novitec got their hands on it and worked their sorcery, this tiny little motor now puts out 770hp! Which for the record is even more than the F12 in stock form. Novitec is fairly hush-hush on exactly how they manage to pull that much power out of the cars, but the few things we do know is they reprogrammed the injection and ignition as well as upgraded control modules and ECU’s. And whatever else they did most definitely works because this thing is an absolute monster. It’s capable of blasting off 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 212mph. Not too shabby right?

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The “N-Largo” widebody kit makes the car a full 14cm wider in the rear and also the front. It’s got wider wheel arches front and rear which help to accommodate the 22inch wheels without even the slightest inclination of a rub. Overall the widebody kit makes a significant improvement to the stance of the car, and that’s not to imply that the stock 488 GTB didn’t have a great stance, it’s just better now with the N-Largo kit. Another thing that makes the N-Largo kit so appealing is how effective it is. It’s not just for looks. You’ll notice quite a few of slats and vents scattered all over the place and they are strategically placed to help send air to all the right places, mainly the engine and brakes to help keep them cool when they’re being pushed to the limits. Plus they play a major part in the aerodynamic efficiency of the car to help it slice through the air like a hot knife through butter. Novitec also lowered the car a full 35mm, and to make sure that you don’t scrape the nose on every speed bump you come across, it has a “front lift” that will raise the front end with a push of a button.

When the F12 N-Largo came out, it didn’t seem possible to surpass that level of badassery, but if there was ever a chance of that happening it’s with this N-Largo 488 GTB. Like with the F12, Novitec is not releasing what it would cost to own one of these magnificent supercars which means it falls into the category of “if you have to ask for the price, you can’t afford it.” But they did release that they would only be producing a total of 11 Coupes and 11 Spiders and that means that if you don’t already have arrangements for one, you probably can’t get one. But with that being said, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with admiring it from afar.


 

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