This Modern-Day Ferrari 288 GTO Is Seriously Cool

Throughout its long and illustrious history, Ferrari has produced some of the most beautiful cars ever, but to this writer’s eye, none of the brand’s current models have a truly timeless design, especially compared to the 288 GTO.

Fittingly, South Africa designer Matthew Parsons has decided to bring the 288 GTO into the current day and as you may agree, the finished result is pretty phenomenal.

In creating the modern-day 288 GTO, Parsons took design inspiration from many of its major design cues and mixed them together with the styling of current Ferrari models. The result is both retro and modern, aggressive yet refined and classy.

Looking at the car from the front, one immediately notices the boxy front end with a flat hood and headlights sitting in line with the bumper, unlike current Ferrari models where the lights are situated on either side of the hood.

From the side, the 288 GTO inspiration is obvious, particularly with the squared roofline and air intake just behind the doors.

The rear is perhaps our favorite element of the car. It appears to be a mishmash of the 288 GTO, the 812 Superfast and the limited-run J50 and portrays a wide, low and exceptionally mean stance. If you were driving a Lamborghini, you certainly wouldn’t want to come up to the rear of this beast at the traffic lights.

Despite how good it looks, we can’t imagine Ferrari ever producing such a car. Instead, we’ll just have to put it into our pile of retro sports cars that the world would love to see, alongside a modern Peugeot 205 GTI and Nissan’s IDx concept.


  • Denzel

    Not bad if Ferrari went retro

    • Bo Hanan

      A mess and an insult to the original.

  • Stephen Baxter

    Outstanding 🙂

  • ediotsavant

    Why must people ruin classics? The 288 GTO is the best looking Ferrari.

    • Bo Hanan


  • roy

    lambo, dodge, i8, audi and of course ferrari… am i missing something ?

    • Zandit75

      The front reminded me of the BMW M1.

      • roy

        Aah there you go… Another one

  • Six_Tymes


  • Rob Banks

    Flip head lights ftw! Bring them back, plz.

  • shamowfski

    Looks like the NSX.

  • Shane

    Love it but right above the rear bumper to the wing reminds me of classic Dodge Charger, which isn’t a bad thing.

  • Big Black Duck

    This is pure muscle car cool

  • John

    i saw mustang at first glance..

  • Bash

    It doesn’t look bad to me at all tbh.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I like the back.

  • Astonman
  • appleimmune

    And why would Ferrari ever consider making this, there’s not one car in current production and many from the past that make this look fugly.. Not a fan of this design.

  • OdysseyTag

    As boxy as the original was, that no longer fits Ferrari’s current fluidic design ethos and thus ends up feeling more like something Lamborghini would design.

  • gary4205

    Oh look….a Toyota MR2!

  • AnklaX

    This is seriously stupid. I kid you not, Even I can design better cars.

  • fgclolz

    No, just no!

  • Lenny


  • Sorry , This is a Modern-Day Honda NSX !!
    Nothing else !

  • Liam Paul

    I think that design look amazing and the artist did a great job and just cause everybody does not agree with the design , that is not a reason to put it down and I dont see anybody else showing off their talents who said they didnt like it. Now as for me, I think it too looks like a modern day 288 GTO

  • Infinite1

    It’s pretty sweet looking

  • jh

    I hardly ever say this nowadays, but this study looks epic! Do it!

  • Not bad if Ferrari went retro

  • Mind Synthetic

    fail, looks like an nsx on steroids, nice sketches otherwise

  • Tumbi Mtika

    No it’s not! It’s seriously LAMBORGHINI.

    If I wanted a Lamborghini, I’d get one.*

    *Hypothetically speaking of course

  • Six Thousand Times

    Kinda cluttered in an NSX sort of way.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    Actually, it looks a lot like the 408 proto

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