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Just three months after its premiere in Geneva, the Ferrari 488 GTB has made its Malaysian debut – Naza Italia officially introduced the replacement for the 458 Italia a while ago.

The Centro Stile Ferrari-penned Tipo F142M features heavily sculptured flanks which are the key to its character – the large signature air intake scallops are a nod to the original 308 GTB and each is divided into two sections by a splitter.

Aerodynamics have been massively improved – there’s 50% more downforce and reduced drag compared to the 458, and the automaker proudly states that the new Gran Turismo Berlinetta has the best efficiency figure ever for a production Ferrari.

The gains have come courtesy of a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler. The latter works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The car’s underbody incorporates vortex generators, and a new exhaust tailpipe is also to be found.

The 488 GTB is powered by a new 3,902 cc twin-turbo V8 from the F154 engine family, and the CB V8 is not the same as the 3,855 cc blown V8 as seen in the California T. Power output is 670 PS at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm, which is a considerable hike over that seen on the 4.5 litre normally-aspirated F136 F V8 seen in the 458 Speciale (605 PS and 540 Nm).

There’s only a single transmission available, a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch F1 gearbox that’s based on that seen in the 458 – the unit has been revised for the application here and now features what Ferrari calls Variable Torque Management.

Performance figures for the 1,475 kg offering include a 0-100 km/h time of three seconds, a 0-200 km/h time of just 8.3 seconds and a 330 km/h plus top speed. The Fiorano lap time for the car is 1 min 23 seconds.

Ferrari says that its new creation is its most responsive production model yet, with “razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.” It features an evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2), claimed to be more precise and less invasive than the previous iteration. The system helps provide greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners. Aside from integrating with F1-Trac and E-Diff, SSC2 also now controls the active dampers.

The 488 GTB gets a new exterior colour called Rosso Corsa Metallizzato – the company says the tri-coat shade was developed to underscore the model’s supremely sporty character as well as its unique elegance and exclusivity.

At the event, Naza Italia announced that the Ferrari 488 GTB – which rides on 20-inch wheels and 245/35 front and 305/30 rear rubbers – is available at an introductory base price of RM1,068,800.

Before you get too excited by the sight of that, note that this is excluding import duty and options, so you can expect the final selling price to be considerably higher – customisation levels can go up to half a million, we hear. In any case, deliveries of the first Malaysian customer units will only effectively begin next year.