Ferrari 488 GTB is Launched in Indonesia

Ferrari’s showroom in Jakarta was packed with VIPs and sports car fans earlier this month, when the 488 GTB was launched to an appreciative crowd. It was a particularly exciting launch because the minimalist TB Simatupang showroom is also new, as CEO of MRA Group Soetikno Soedarjo explains: ““Being able to strengthen Ferrari’s existence in Indonesia by opening a new showroom in one of Jakarta’s strategic areas is a remarkable achievement for Ferrari Jakarta. It is an honor for us to host such a prestigious event as part of our house-warming procession.”

The unveiling of the 488 GTB was a suitably momentous event. Accompanied by a fashion show from a young Indonesian designer, as well as vocals from award winning singer Andien Aisyah, the stunning metallic grey car was driven in to huge applause.

They had good reason to applaud: this is a fitting homage to the Ferrari 308, the mid-rear-engined V8 car that became an icon after its first release 40 years ago. Although the 488 GTB is now turbo charged, its power and grace make it a worthy successor to both this and the Ferrari 458. It’s also blisteringly fast, as its 661BHP engine can power it from 0 to 62MPH in just 3 seconds. Despite all that oomph, it also features superb handling and a brilliantly calibrated weight distribution that make it a true pleasure to drive.

To express gratitude for the success of the event, Ferrari Jakarta donated all the proceeds from their auction to a local charity for underprivileged children, suggesting that this new Jakarta showroom will contribute to the happiness of local people in more ways than one.