Novitec are back at it with their N-Largo package but this time they have turned their attention to the twin-turbo V8 prancing horses, the 488 GTB and the 488 Spider.
The last time they paid attention to a V8 Ferrari model was when they built a kit for the California T which really did add some aggressiveness to the relatively tame looking supercar.
Now that we know it is a widebody version of the car with some substantial power upgrades, what do we need to know about the new N-Largo for the Ferrari 488 product line?
- It is made from carbon fibre
- Fitted with tailor-made and staggered three-piece NOVITEC NF6 NL hi-tech forged wheels with diameters of 21 and 22 inches
- Upgraded suspension with Front Lift system
- Performance boost to 772 hp (568 kW)
- Top speed now at 342 km/h
- The cockpit can be tailored to as the customer requests
- 14cm wider than stock 488 at the rear
What are your thoughts on this beastly looking 488 kit? For more information please read a portion of the press release after the gallery.
Novitec N-Largo 488 GTB
Fascinating looks were not the only objective in the development of the front and rear fender flares. The performance specifications also called for improving the air supply for brakes and engine. Three gill-shaped slots were integrated into the top of the front fenders, which help venting the air heated by the brakes from the wheel wells as quickly as possible. The rear side elements incorporate larger air vents for the engine bay. For improved cooling of the rear brakes, the N-LARGO rocker panels feature sophisticated air intakes. In addition, these aerodynamic-enhancement components direct the airstream between the N-LARGO fenders at the front and rear axle without turbulence.
Of course, the bumpers and spoilers of the NOVITEC special model play a key role in its aerodynamic properties and its looks. The N-LARGO front and rear bumpers, which replace their production counterparts, were not only designed to adapt the flares.
The front bumper and the attached low-slung front spoiler, which like the side flaps is optionally available with a naked carbon finish, lend the two-seater a decidedly aggressive front-end design. In addition, the shape optimized in the wind tunnel reduces aerodynamic lift, which further increases the handling stability at high speeds.
At the rear, the combination of the diffuser integrated into the N-LARGO bumper and the large rear airfoil generates additional downforce at high speeds.
Other hallmark NOVITEC features are the black side indicators, reflectors and the likewise black LED third brake light.
To round off the thrilling appearance of the N-LARGO and further enhance the driving dynamics, NOVITEC installs special sport springs to lower the ride height of the vehicle by up to 35 millimeters. The optional Front Lift system on the front axle makes it easier to navigate steep ramps as can be found in parking garages or speed humps. At the touch of a button, the hydraulic ride-height adjustment raises the front axle by about 40 millimeters. The vehicle reverts to the drive position at a second touch of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h.
As an ideal complement to the spectacular looks of the N-LARGO, NOVITEC also offers various performance kits for the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine of the 488 model series. The special feature of the engine tuning is that it can be activated in a flash with the Manettino switch on the steering wheel and can just as easily be reset to the standard output.
The centerpieces of the engine tuning are the two NOVITEC N-TRONIC plug-and-play control modules, which are integrated into the engine electronics of the two-seater. They operate the eight-cylinder with reprogrammed mapping for injection and ignition, as well as with modified boost pressure control.
The installation of a NOVITEC high-performance exhaust system is advisable to optimize the performance further while giving the vehicle an even more thrilling exhaust note. The fully heat-insulated exhaust system comes in various versions, including an especially lightweight INCONEL variant. An electronic sound management system is also optionally available, as are 100-cell sport catalysts.
In the ultimate tuning stage, the forced-induction eight-cylinder with NOVITEC engine tuning puts out 76 kW / 102 hp more than the production engine and also adds 132 Nm of torque for a new peak of 892 Nm at a low 3,250 rpm. The increase in power output to 568 kW / 772 hp at 7,950 rpm naturally benefits the performance on the road: From rest, the two-seat sports car accelerates to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. Top speed increases to 342 km/h an.
The NOVITEC power upgrade delivers not only even better performance figures: Just as fascinating are the even more direct throttle response and the even more powerful in-gear acceleration on the road.
NOVITEC also offers custom exclusivity for the interior. The cockpit of an N-LARGO can be meticulously trimmed with leather and Alcantara in any conceivable color and desired upholstery design.