Why would anybody come up with a slammed Ferrari 488 Pista, which is the very Prancing Horse that currently occupies our screens? I’ll explain it below, but first, allow me to take you through the build.
With this static lowering suspension (as opposed to air ride) bringing the 488 Pista so close to the ground that you could barely fit your hand underneath it, the fact that it’s a first doesn’t come as a surprise. Hey, Japanese tuner 326 Power wasn’t exactly competing with dozens of aftermarket developers willing to give such an extreme treatment to a mid-engined V8 Ferrari whose average price sits at around $500,000 these days.
The custom suspension on this slammed 488 Pista is crazy
To achieve the extreme visual effect, the specialist built prototype suspension components like upper control arms. Then it fitted the exotic with its Chakuriki dampers, essentially height-adjustable coilovers that maintain hefty travel even at their lowest setting, aiming to offer proper ride and handling.
Next came the 326 Power wheels with outer lips that barely clear the arches and an insane offset. And, as if the whole setup, with the severe negative camber, wasn’t wild enough, the stretched tires certainly tick that box.
The slammed Ferrari 488 Pista is 326 Power’s show car and they’re debuting it at Stancenation Japan in Odaiba, Tokyo, on November 19—as the name of the event suggests, this Fezza will be in lowered company.
And speaking of this corner of car culture, you have to agree that slamming a 488 Pista can’t be a bad marketing tactic for a company that offers such a treatment for machines ranging from the new Nissan Z to the 2023 Toyota Prius. After all, with the Pista being the track-tuned version of the 488, this is only going to turn more heads.
Even with the naysayers who couldn’t get over the 488 Pista offering monstrous performance to make up for its twin turbochargers messing with the soundtrack of its epic N/A predecessor (458 Speciale), this kind of car is obviously an investment.
So we, the aficionados who can’t afford one yet—don’t forget that lottery ticket—would better get used to the fact that people are going to do extreme stuff to it on the Internet.
Then there are those who keep it completely off the grid. They buy one and lock it inside a garage, where it can’t even be seen, let alone driven, unlike this example—since this part of the Ferrari range is now occupied by the twin-turbo V6-powered 296, I don’t see prices for the 488 Pista going anywhere but north, as it’s already some $50,000-$100,000 more expensive than the 458 Speciale, again, on average.
I get it, I have to stop defending the lowered Ferrari 488 Pista now, so could I interest you in some lifted Daihatsu Copen kei sports cars instead?