However, we’re here for something far more spectacular than that. Yes, the 488 GTB spits fire making things even for the Prancing Horse - back in the days of the 458, this didn’t offer a fiery breath, while the McLaren 12C came with such a factory gift, as we observed during our review.
Before rushing to thank the new twin-turbo setup for the flames, you should know naturally aspirated cars can do this in factory trim too, with the Lamborghini Aventador being the best example here.
The process includes temporarily suppressing ignition, so that a small amount of unburned petrol is evacuated into the exhaust. When the gas reaches the hot metal, the dragon breath appears. Of course, this requires the exhaust to reach extreme temperatures, so such flaming moments generally appear after hooning episodes.
The aftermarket part of the supercar world is obviously speculating thisWhile OEM setups see supercars spitting flames occasionally, those who seek the real high-octane barbecue experience can turn to tuners. In fact, some of the aftermarket systems we’ve seen spit fire to such an extent that we can’t help but wonder on which side of the law they sit.
And accidents can obviously happen, so seeing one of these supped-up supercars burning the scenery around it shouldn’t come as a surprise.