Ferrari SP38 Deborah Makes Its Debut In Villa d’Este [w/Videos]

The one-off Ferrari SP38 Deborah has just premiered at Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

Unveiled online a few days ago, the SP38 comes from the marque’s Special Projects division and is based on the 488 GTB. There’s no word on how much it cost to commission, but it is inevitably worth into the millions.

Prior to its public debut in Italy, the car was simply known as the SP38. However, we’ve since learned that it is the SP38 Deborah in reference to the sleek red paint, dubbed Deborah Red.

Retro and modern touches meet in perfect harmony

The exterior design of the SP38 Deborah is what makes the car stand out. The front is characterized by a low and tapered fascia that looks somewhat similar to the Ferrari J50 limited edition.

The roofline of the 488 GTB has also been made to look more aggressive with reshaped side windows and three color-matched louvers in place of the see-through engine cover.

The videos right below also allow us to see the car’s interior that features a number of bespoke parts, including red trim on the steering wheel and contrast stitching on the seats. Other than that, though, the cabin is the same as the 488’s.

The same stands for the powertrain as well, which, as in the 488 GTB, is a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 delivering 661 HP (670 PS) to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a trick electronically controlled diff.

With such a unique body that’s not quite as sublime as the J50, yet, dare we say, is better than that of what Ferrari is churning out right now, we really couldn’t care less. And, after watching the videos, we think you’ll agree.

  • Six_Tymes

    its different, i like the sleekness to it. there are some design elements that remind me of another car, but i cant think of the name, its so familiar from the rear especially.

    • donald seymour


    • eb110americana

      It reminds me of the Lancia Stratos revival they were trying to do before Ferrari quashed that idea.

  • kachuks

    Standing behind it makes you think the designer has a thing for 90’s Lambos.

  • MultiKdizzle


    A Ferarri that doesn’t look like every other Ferrari.

  • alexxx



  • Tumbi Mtika

    I still love it to death. But I’m not calling it “Deborah”.

    • Six Thousand Times

      If you’re her friend, she will let you call her Debbie.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Debbie the redhead. I like it.

  • Autoexperte


  • Six Thousand Times

    I would agree with you but for fear you’re not kidding about your name.

  • Axel Cortez

    no kessel comments?

  • blunt-o

    Way too busy in the back.

  • john1168

    WOW! It looks fantastic! However I would like SOME rear visibility… Even rear and side camera’s would help.

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