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Ferrari 488 GTB, California T Recalled for Fire Risk

Published on www.automobilemag.com

December 28, 2015
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Front Three Quarter In Motion 03

Ferrari’s newest forced-induction models, the California T and 488 GTB, are already subject to a recall. The 2016 Ferrari California T and 488 GTB are being recalled because their boosted engines may catch fire.
According to Ferrari, a manufacturing defect with the low-pressure fuel line that feeds the cars’ 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 means it could leak at a connection with the fuel-pump feed, potentially causing a fire. Ferrari says the issue affects 304 American-spec cars. The problem was detected before any 488 GTBs with the problem were sold to U.S. customers, so there’s currently a stop-sale order until the 488 GTBs can be repaired with a new fuel-system part.

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2015 Ferrari California T rear side motion view

2015 Ferrari California T two cars

Both the Ferrari 488 GTB and California T use a new twin-turbo engine, which produces 660 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque in the 488 GTB coupe and Spider, and 553 hp and 557 lb-ft in the California T. The engine produces considerably more torque and power than the naturally aspirated V-8s it replaces in those cars, while returning slightly better fuel efficiency.
The transition to turbocharging hasn’t overly corrupted the Ferrari experience; as we wrote when we drove the car, “The 488 GTB is the first new-school Ferrari model. It is more sensible, comfortable, and predictable… While it may be a slightly less emotional driving machine, it is undeniably the faster and more complete package overall.”