Ferrari’s Hardcore 488 GTO Coming Sometime This Year

Ferrari is poised to bring a hardcore version of its 488 GTB to market some time this year, according to the latest intel.

The news comes from AutoGuide, which found an entry for a “488 Special Series Coupe” among the 2018 models Ferrari submitted for certification by the California Air Resources Board.

The mysterious new model is listed alongside the existing 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso T, and California T (which has since been replaced by the new Portofino) – all of them powered by versions of the same award-winning 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Though far from specific, the entry points quite clearly towards a more hardcore take on Maranello’s mid-engined V8 supercar, following in the footsteps of the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale. The jury’s still out on what name it might adopt, but let’s just say we won’t be surprised if it’s designated GTO in the spirit of earlier 599, 288, and 250 models.

Whatever it’s called, the smart money’s on a debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. What we can count on, though, is that the more focused 488 will pack more power, less weight, and a stiffened suspension in similar spirit to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and Porsche 911 GT2 RS – both of which have proven their mettle around the Nürburgring. (And stripes. It’ll probably have stripes.)

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    • gor134

      There is no story to be made on this. Stop posting it on random posts. It was spotted by a couple of people on the road. If we got some new information on it, then it would become post worthy.

      • Six_Tymes

        Take That B! lol

    • LWOAP

      An article was already made when the Senna was unveiled. Go look it up.

  • fgclolz

    The 288 is still the best looking to me (of course, I’m biased as a kid who grew up in the 80s).

    • Bo Hanan

      You took the words out of my mouth. The 288GTO is the only car I’ve ever seen that looks good from all angles.

  • I hope they invent better name for this one. Last 458 Speciale feels unbelievably lazy. Like seriously who named this thing.

  • An Existing Person

    Ferrari has their work cut out for them if they want to even compete with Porsche, McLaren, and now Lamborghini.

    • Bo Hanan

      I agree. McLaren is taking NO prisoners.

      • Michelin

        2017 Mc Laren sales record is still 1/3 of Ferrari 2017 sales ….
        You must Furthermore consider that 488 win 2017 WEC GTE Championship and beat Porsche, Ford GT, Aston Martin, etc.
        Mc Laren hired former Ferrari engineers to project 720.
        Ferrari is still the benchmark as you like or dislike !!!

  • SteersUright

    The 488, after the LaFerrari, is the most beautiful car they currently make. All the other Ferrari models could be canceled tomorrow for all I care, as I feel they’ve generally lost their mastery of beautiful car design outside of these two.