The Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan are the stuff of every school kid's dreams; full-on, fiery supercars with high-brow Italian breeding and enough accelerative force to blow your Ray-Ban's off without even breaking a sweat. The really, really rich and important people, who properly love cars, going fast and having the best of the best, want the lightweight, tuned-up, all-guns-blazing version.

Welcome to the elite of the elite. The Ferrari 488 Pista and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Safe to say the Pista is pretty quick:

2018 Ferrari 488 Pista prototype
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante: First Drive

The cars

Oh, they're so good. You can read all about the Ferrari 488 Pista in our first drive, but to take something as vibrant and alive as the Ferrari 488 GTB, and make it drastically more powerful, lighter and even more banzai is a bit mental and yet brilliant. The Huracan Performante - check out our review here - delivers a slightly different character of super-special supercar, with its ecstatically wonderful naturally-aspirated V10 engine and rear-biased four-wheel drive. 

Scroll down for the full galleries of the Ferrari prototype in action, and the finished thing at Geneva, as well as the Lambo in a variety of spectacular colors. And of course, have a look at how the numbers stack up below to see which one wins at the numbers game. 

The numbers

Ferrari 488 Pista
2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante: First Drive
  Ferrari 488 Pista Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Price N/A $274,390
Engine 3.9-liter, V8 biturbo gasoline 5.2-liter, V10 naturally aspirated
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch auto 7-speed dual-clutch auto
Drivetrain Rear-wheel drive Four-wheel drive 
Power 711 hp at 8,000 rpm 630 hp at 8,000 rpm 
Torque 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) at 3,000 rpm 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) at 6,500 rpm 
Power per ton 513 hp 459 hp
0-62 mph (0-100 kph) 2.85 sec 2.9 sec 
0-124 mph (0-200 kph) 7.6 sec 8.9 sec
Top speed 211 mph (340 kph) 201 mph (325 kph)
Seats 2 2
Length 4605 mm 4506 mm
Width (excl. mirrors) 1975 mm  1924 mm
Height 1206 mm  1165 mm
Wheelbase 2650mm  2620mm 
Weight (dry) 1,385 kg (3,053 lbs) 1,382 kg (3,047 lbs)

Which one wins? 

The nod has to go to the Ferrari. It's more expensive and has two fewer driven wheels, but it's more powerful and check out the 0-124 mph time... Both the Lambo and Ferrari are up to 62 mph in much the same 2.9 sec time, but the 488 bullies its way to 124 mph a whacking 1.3 sec faster, which in supercar terms is a lot. Those turbos, which you'll note serve up vastly more torque from much lower revs, would be the reason why, as much as the extra hp. 

And yet, a nod to the Huracan here. Because while the Ferrari trounces it in terms of performance numbers, the Huracan's V10 is a thing of ungodly brilliance, and our money would quite probably go to the Lambo for that reason alone. Call us dinosaurs if you will, but there just aren't enough naturally aspirated engines in the world any more, and you can check out UK's video of the Audi R8 RWS to get a really good earful of why we reckon this V10 makes us quite so dewey-eyed and nostalgic for non-turbo engines. 

But yes, the Ferrari with its brutal V8 takes the win here with some ease. The next question is will the Pista beat the Performante's ludicrous 'Ring time? We'd bet that it will, but we'll have to wait and see.

See how the Pista stacks up against the GT2 R:


Gallery: Ferrari 488 Pista at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Gallery: 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante: First Drive

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