Ferrari has been testing a new 488 around the company headquarters and track recently. Many speculate that this is the successor to the 458 Speciale, with the new car being called the 488 GTO.
Ferrari is rumoured to be reserving the GTO name for the car, but the final name has yet to be revealed. GTO has only been applied to three Ferraris before – the first two of which, the 250 GTO and 288 GTO, were racing machines. The latest, the 599 GTO was a road-legal version of the track-only 599XX.
The 488's twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine will get more boost by increasing the turbo pressure and new internal modifications to produce an anticipated 700bhp, with torque also increasing substantially on the standard car’s 561lb ft.
In terms of weight reduction, Ferrari will remove non-essential parts from the interior and sound deadening from its engine bay. This also means fitting lightweight parts such as thinner glass for the windscreen and side windows, lighter ceramic brakes and lighter wheels.
This should bring the car's overall weight to less than 1400kg, enabling better on-track performance than the 488, that’ll include a 0-62mph sprint time of little more than 2.7sec and a top speed of well over 200mph.
The 488 ‘GTO’, will also get new software for its Side Slip Angle Control and refined bodywork for better downforce which will allow faster cornering speeds and improved high-speed stability. The standard 488 alone produces an impressive 325kg of downforce at 155mph, but the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS produces up to 340kg. Ferrari's aerodynamicists will be keen to rival that figure.
Spotted test cars have revealed little about the exterior design changes, as most just look like standard 488’s with some camouflage on it. Expect larger air intakes for the more powerful powertrain, a bigger front splitter, new wheels and a larger rear diffuser.
Ferrari hasn’t mentioned the new model, but recent sightings of a car in light camo suggest development has moved to advanced stage. The final car, whatever it may be called, should go on sale sometime in 2018. Prices are again, unknown, but expect the final car to cost from at least £230,000 which rivals the McLaren 720S and Lamborghini Huracan Performante on price and performance.
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