German tuning firm Novitec, renowned for its wide-body customizations has stretched the latest V8 Ferrari in terms of size and performance.
The company plans to build just 22 examples of what it’s calling the N-Largo – 11 in coupe form and a further 11 as droptop spiders. But both versions will come with the same customary widened stance, made-to-measure body kit and a major increase in horsepower
The N-Largo outputs a massive 772hp, compared with the 670hp that the standard 488 delivers, plus 892Nm (132Nm more) of torque. Together they give the car a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 213mph, that puts the N-Largo’s performance a bit above the V-12-engined Ferrari F12berlinetta and just below the new Ferrari 812 Superfast.
The global aftermarket tuning and automotive customization industry are one of the reasons Ferrari held out so long before finally calling time on naturally aspirated V8s in favour of turbocharging as a means of maintaining performance while increasing fuel economy.
With turbos already fitted to the engine, turning power up to 11 becomes a comparatively straightforward process. However, for every increase in horsepower, there needs to be an equal increase in air flow, engine cooling, braking or aerodynamic stability, something that a number of companies will overlook.
However Novitec isn’t one of them. It has ensured that there is a greater, freer flow of air to the engine bay and the brakes to ensure this extra power delivers extra fun rather than reduced reliability. It’s also why it’s added a new exhaust system and dropped the car’s ride height.
But the best feature is that this boost in performance can be turned off or on via the steering wheel-mounted Manettino switch, further reducing any unnecessary strain on the engine when simply cruising or driving around town for example.
Other features include a completely customizable interior, an electronic exhaust modulator, and a front-lift system that can raise the front end 1.5 inches to help conquer the most stubborn parking lot access ramp.
If there’s any downsize to this particular Ferrari from Novitec it’s the numbers, the numbers in which it will be built that is, just 22 in total means it’s going to be very hard to get your hands let alone the chance to see one…