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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Officially Unveiled with 720 hp

So a day after Porsche revealed their latest 911 GT3 RS with 520 hp, Ferrari took the wraps off their hard-core, track-focused supercar with 720hp. The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista is officially the most powerful V8 Ferrari in history and it boasts hypercar-rivaling performance. 

It is going to be a tall order for the Porsche to go toe to toe with this one. Not only is Ferrari 488 Pista a lot more powerful, at 1280 kg dry it is also about 200 kg lighter. In fact, the Pista is an impressive 90 kg lighter than the regular 488 GTB. The performance figures also show a clear superiority: 0-100 km/h in 2.85” and 0 -200 km/h in 7.6”,with a top speed of 340 km/h.

Being a heavily turbocharged engine, however, does not take away from the characteristic noise of the Ferrari V8 in the Pista. Nobody outside the factory has heard it yet, but Ferrari assures us both the sound quality and the intensity are higher than the 488 GTB in all gears and at all engine speeds. Ferrari 488 Pista also looks magnificent, much more aggressive than the GTB. But the good looks are the result of clever aerodynamic engineers. The car features a front F1-inspired S-Duct, and larger wing and diffuser combo at the back. These give the car a superb look and generate copious downforce as well.

As you would expect, Ferrari 488 Pista is festooned with electronics aids and control systems. Among the main highlights we have version 6 of the Side-Slip Angle Control system, featuring E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. The latter uses Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the callipers.

We can’t wait to see this thing go head to head with the new GT3 RS.






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PostHeaderIcon The Ferrari 488 Pista Just Leaked, And It Looks Ready To Battle The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The Ferrari 488 is one helluva supercar, but now, it looks like there’s a go-faster competition variant just about to officially break cover. It’s called the Pista, which is Italian for track, and the specs were just leaked ahead of the full reveal. Read on for the info.

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“The Pista once again mounts a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 in the middle, but this time around it was tuned to produce 711 horsepower, besting the standard 488's 661 horsepower by a stout 50 ponies.”

This latest info comes from Autocar Japan, which just posted a series of leaked images and specs on the forthcoming racer. Essentially a more hardcore iteration of Maranello’s bread and butter 488, the 488 Pista gets a slew of updates that make it that much better on the track.

Kicking it off is a retune for the powerplant. The Pista once again finds a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 mounted in the middle of the machine, but this time around, it was tweaked to produce 711 horsepower, besting the standard 488’s 661 horsepower by a stout 50 ponies. Torque is also up, now rated at 568 pound-feet, an increase of about 7 pound-feet over the standard 488.

To make the most of the newfound output, the 488 Pista also drops a few pounds, tipping the scales at a lithe 2,821 pounds (dry weight). By comparison, the standard 488 GTB has a dry weight of 3,020 pounds, which means the weight shaving comes to about 200 pounds total.

The extra power and lower weight make the Pista quicker, cutting two-tenths of a second from the standard 488’s 0-to-62 mph time, bringing it down to 2.8 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 211 mph.

To properly round it out, it’s reported that downforce was increased thanks to the know-how gleaned from Ferrari’s various motorsports programs, while the electronics for the traction control and braking system was got a few tweaks and tunes for better at-the-limit performance.

Pricing lands somewhere around the $300,000 mark, an increase of about $50,000.


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“It's a rather impressive package, no doubt about it. But when it comes to bragging rights at the track, Porsche might have something to say about it.”

It’s a rather impressive package, no doubt about it. But when it comes to bragging rights at the track, Porsche might have something to say about it.

In the running against Ferrari will be this – the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Like the 488 Pista, the 911 GT2 RS is a pumped-up, hardcore, no-nonsense performance machine aimed at killing all lap times.

The specs are surprisingly close compared to those of the Ferrari. Output is rated at 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque thanks to a twin-turbo rear-mounted flat-six engine, which drives the rear axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Acceleration looks like 2.7 seconds in the 0-to-60 mph test, while top speed comes to 211 mph. The Porsche also gets loads of aero stick and an insanely stout braking package to match, while customers can opt into the Weissach package to drop the weight even further. There’s loads of carbon fiber outside, bucket seats and a roll cage inside, and the whole thing is tagged with a price tag of roughly $300,000.

Which would you rather have?

Look for a full reveal of the new Ferrari 488 Pista soon.

Performance Specs Comparison Ferrari 488 Pista Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Engine twin-turbo mid-mounted 3.9-liter V-8 twin-turbo rear-mounted 3.8-liter flat-six
Horsepower 711 hp 700 hp
Torque 568 pound-feet 553 pound-feet
0 to 60 mph 2.7 seconds 2.7 seconds
Top Speed 211 mph 211 mph

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 Pista – This Is It

So it wasn’t GTO or Sport Special. The first leaked images of the hard-core Ferrari 488 reveal the car has a much cooler name. It’s called Ferrari 488 Pista, a name that perfectly reflects its character as a track-focused model. And, of course, it has the specs to match the name.

According to the leaked information, 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista gets a tweaked version of the GTB’s 660 PS V8 biturbo engine. In this one the magnificent engine develops 720 PS and 770 Nm of torque – enough to propel the road-legal racing car from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.85 seconds. That means you can challenge the likes of Bugatti Chiron in this and hold your own. We also know that the Pista is considerably lighter than the GTB, so it is down to sophisticated electronics and super clever aerodynamics to keep the car grounded at high speed.

As for the looks, those with an interested eye notice in the pictures the cool new aprons of the Ferrari 488 Pista. The front-end is dominated by a new spoiler and large air intakes that together form a super aggressive face. On the side the only major change appears to be the addition of dynamic side skirts, and of course the new design of the wheels. Out back, we have the new skirt with the double tailpipe arraignment in the fashion of Ferrari Challenge cars, a pronounced diffuser, and a sizable rear wing which, by the looks of things, appear to be active.

Stay tuned for the official pictures and details of the Pista over the coming days…

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PostHeaderIcon Celebrity Special – Celebrate The Life Of Enzo Ferrari With These Awesome Prancing Horses

On February 18th, 1898, Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy, the youngest of two children. From an early age, Enzo was exposed to the mechanical side of life, as his father, Alfredo Ferrari, worked as a metal parts fabricator out of a workshop he started in the Ferrari family home. At the age of 10, Enzo watched Felice Nazzaro take a win at the 1908 Circuito di Bologna event, inspiring him to become a racing driver.

However, before he could follow his dream, Enzo served in the Italian Army during World War I. In 1918, Enzo became deathly ill following a widespread Italian flu epidemic, and was subsequently discharged from service. His father and older brother died from the disease a few years prior.

After the army, Enzo landed a job as a test driver with a local car manufacturer in Milan. However, rather than pushing the limits in a high-strung performance machine, Enzo was instead stuck behind the wheel of boring passenger cars made from rebuilt truck bodies. Luckily, Enzo was later promoted to the position of racing driver, and he quickly made his competition debut at the 1919 Parma-Poggio di Berceto hillclimb, where he managed to finish fourth in a 2.3-liter C.M.N. Later that year, he ran in the infamous Targa Florio, but was forced to retire due to a leaky fuel tank.

By the 1920’s, Enzo was racing for Alfa Romeo, taking a win at the 1924 Coppa Acerbo at Pescara. Although encouraged in his competition efforts, Enzo was disheartened by the death of famous racing driver Antonio Ascari in 1925, and following the birth of his son in 1932, Enzo decided to hang up his helmet, focusing on team management and car development instead.

Enzo eventually went on to create Ferrari S.p.A. in 1947 after the end of World War II. With his passion for racing as strong as ever, Enzo’s team racked up wins in a variety of motorsport events, successfully competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and the recently formed Formula 1 series. To help finance these efforts, Ferrari began selling sports cars to the public in the early ’50s.

A proud and occasionally contentious man, Enzo Ferrari’s brand was a reflection of his personality. The street cars were based on racing machines, and offered superlative performance above all else. He was once quoted as saying, “I don’t care if the door gaps are straight. When the driver steps on the gas I want him to shit his pants.” That pretty much sums it up.

Enzo Ferrari passed away in 1988 at the age of 90. These days, it’s impossible to deny that Ferrari S.p.A. is changing, with upcoming model lines including an SUV and an all-electric on the horizon, plus the hybrid LaFerrari already on the market. However, while the technology might be changing, the spirit of Ferrari remains the same – beauty, speed, and pants-shitting levels of power.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast Upgrade Kit

Ask any Ferrari fan and they will tell you the the 812 Superfast is pure perfection. They don’t believe this thing can be improved, unless Ferrari themselves have a go at it. So they may not like the Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast we have here, even though it features some cool upgrades. 

WaM is a big fan of the 800-hp Ferrari V12 engine in the 812 and though they have gave it a slight bump in power through the use of a very advanced exhaust system, they have refrained from messing with its electronic maps. The exhaust system created for Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast features handcrafted valve flap system with sport catalysts and x-pipe. It is made from ultralight Inconel 625, and besides giving the 812 an explosive sound it adds 20 hp and 15 Nm of torque to the output of the engine.

In terms of visual upgrades, Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast gets a couple of upgrades that are mainly devised for the benefit of ride and handling but also improve the looks. First we have the sport springs for the suspension which lower the ride height, and then the new “FORK” wheel design by WaM. The setup for 812 with these rims is 10,0×21 with 275/30/21 Pirelli P Zero tires on the front and 12,0×21 with 325/30/21 Pirelli tires or with 12,5×22 inch rims and 335/25/22 tires out back.











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PostHeaderIcon Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast Upgrade Kit

Ask any Ferrari fan and they will tell you the the 812 Superfast is pure perfection. They don’t believe this thing can be improved, unless Ferrari themselves have a go at it. So they may not like the Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast we have here, even though it features some cool upgrades. 

WaM is a big fan of the 800-hp Ferrari V12 engine in the 812 and though they have gave it a slight bump in power through the use of a very advanced exhaust system, they have refrained from messing with its electronic maps. The exhaust system created for Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast features handcrafted valve flap system with sport catalysts and x-pipe. It is made from ultralight Inconel 625, and besides giving the 812 an explosive sound it adds 20 hp and 15 Nm of torque to the output of the engine.

In terms of visual upgrades, Wheelsandmore Ferrari 812 Superfast gets a couple of upgrades that are mainly devised for the benefit of ride and handling but also improve the looks. First we have the sport springs for the suspension which lower the ride height, and then the new “FORK” wheel design by WaM. The setup for 812 with these rims is 10,0×21 with 275/30/21 Pirelli P Zero tires on the front and 12,0×21 with 325/30/21 Pirelli tires or with 12,5×22 inch rims and 335/25/22 tires out back.











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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Looks To Double Earnings By 2022 By Jumping On The SUV And EV Bandwagons

Ferrari is looking pretty good at the moment, posting solid numbers across the board. However, the brand hopes to pull down substantially higher earnings in the next four years, and will look to previously taboo segments to do so.

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“One approach would be an increase in volume, but a move like that would damage the brand's exclusive image. Instead, Ferrari will step into uncharted territory with new technology and new segments.”

Ferrari shoved off from mothership Fiat Chrysler about two years ago with an IPO that ended up performing extremely well for the automaker. Sales are up and the money is pouring in, with the brand posting adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) in 2017 at 1.04 billion euros ($1.3 billion at current exchange rates), which is more or less in line with expectations. However, that isn’t stopping the brand from reaching for more, as the Prancing Horse recently announced its intentions to achieve 2 billion euros (roughly $2.49 billion at current exchange rates) in core earnings by at least 2022, giving it just four years to double the numbers from its current figures. It also hopes to become debt-free a year prior.

Models like the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso helped contribute mightily to Ferrari’s success this year, and it’s looking like continued demand for the brand’s supercars will help pad the bottom. However, in order to achieve the goal of doubling its earnings, it’s gonna need something more.

One approach would be an increase in volume, but a move like that would damage the brand’s exclusive image. Instead, Ferrari will step into uncharted territory with new technology and new segments.


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“There was a time when Ferrari said it would never create an SUV, but then again, there was a time Enzo said that aerodynamics were for those who couldn't build a proper engine, and look where we're at now.”

First up is a Ferrari SUV, which is due out in the next few years. While the purists will consider such a monster to be blatant sacrilege, it’s looking like an inevitability at this point. There was a time when Ferrari said it would never create an SUV, but then again, there was a time Enzo said that aerodynamics were for those who couldn’t build a proper engine, and look where we’re at now.

Hybrids and all-electrics are also a distinct possibility. Ferrari already crossed the line of the former with the LaFerrari, and with high-end performance models powered by batteries already flooding the market, an EV Prancing Horse is a distinct (and probable) possibility.


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““Whenever Ferrari does express itself in a fully electric vehicle, it will do so by making sure that both sound and handling are reflective of Ferrari's heritage,” Marchionne explained.”

Of course, each of these possibilities would require the right touch to pull of. In a conference call to analysts, Ferrari’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, says any SUV from the brand would maintain the essential Ferrari sensibilities, as opposed to boasting about “being able to climb rocks.” It would also be highly exclusive, and only be offered to “the selected few.”

The same is true for a possible all-electric supercar. “Whenever Ferrari does express itself in a fully electric vehicle, it will do so by making sure that both sound and handling are reflective of Ferrari’s heritage,” Marchionne explained.

Either way, expect all Ferrari’s to still be built in Maranello, although extra shifts will be added to help bolster production.

In addition to the new segments already mentioned, Ferrari will continue to offer a plethora of special edition models, while also offering more in-depth customization services.

What do you think? Should Ferrari step into the all-electric and SUV segments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTO (Sport Special) Rendering Seems Spot On

While we are still not sure what the upcoming hotted-up Ferrari 488 is officially called, we have a good idea about how it looks thanks to a leaked picture that hit the web a while ago. Now there is a good rendering of this, let’s call it Ferrari 488 GTO, showing the face of the supercar in full glory. 

The design of Ferrari 488 GTO is dominated at the front by a sporty new apron featuring a new lip spoiler. This is part of an advanced new aero kit the car gets to cut through the air more efficiently than its plain sister, the GTB. The lip is complemented with side blades on either side of the bumper – probably active in that they open and close depending on the speed – dynamic side skirts, and, almost certainly, a pretty sizable rear diffuser with pronounced fins and most likely new tailpipe arrangement.

Ferrari 488 GTO will also sit lower than the regular version, rides on bigger wheels shod with slicker tires, and will also be lighter, maybe by as much as a 100 kg. As for the power, while the bi-turbo V8 engine will remain the same in terms of displacement, there will be adjustments made to the control units and the turbochargers themselves. Sources are talking about an output of at least 700 horsepower. But with this track-focused model it is not just the power, but the way it’s used. The GTO will probably outrun the LaFerrari hypercar around Ferrari’s Fiorano track.

Rendering by RukTechnology

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PostHeaderIcon Valet Gives Ferrari Keys to the Wrong Person but Does That Diminish the Car’s Value?

Just when you thought your Ferrari 458 Italia Spider would be safe in the hands of a valet, guess again. An owner of the luxury Ferrari found that out the hard way when a valet at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club gave the keys to his prized supercar to another person last summer. Now, the real owner of the car, 73-year-old James “Skip” Fowler, is suing the resort and its parking operator, 717 Parking Enterprises. Given the tale of this unusual caper, we don’t blame Fowler for the lawsuit.


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“According to the lawsuit, Fowler “spent significant sums” on car inspections, repairs, and legal fees after his Ferrari was stolen”

Imagine being the owner of this Ferrari 458 Italia Spider. You not only find out that the valet gave the keys to the wrong person, but you find out later on that the person didn’t know how to properly drive the supercar. You’d be upset, too, right? Unfortunately for 28-year-old Levi Miles, he stole from a practicing lawyer who also happens to be a senior partner in a law firm based in Orlando. So Fowler did what he always does: he filed a lawsuit against Vinoy’s parent company, Marriott International, and 717 Parking for negligence and gross negligence.

According to the lawsuit, Fowler “spent significant sums” on car inspections, repairs, and legal fees after his Ferrari was stolen. On top of that, he claims that the episode caused the car’s value to “diminish.” While I agree that he needs to be compensated for the inspections and repairs, it’s had to imagine the car’s value “diminishing” after what it went through. All signs point to the car not receiving any significant damages, and, contrary to what Fowler may think, his prized 458 Italia Spider now has an interesting story to tell, something that very few of its kind have. He’s right to file the lawsuits, though, because heads need to roll for this.


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As for Miles, he’s facing charges of grand theft auto, habitually driving with a suspended or revoked license, and possession of cocaine. The latter charge stemmed after police officers found cocaine on the car’s center console when they apprehended Miles and a woman friend, 24-year-old Chloe Rimmer, who he just met that night. Apparently, Miles tried to jack the 458 Italia Spyder because he wanted to impress Rimmer, who was none-the-wiser about the ordeal.

Here’s a lesson for all of you: don’t steal a car, even if it means trying to impress a girl. There are better and far safer ways to do that.

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO – First Pictures and Specs Leaked

It was not exactly a secret that an extra-hot version of the 488 was in the works deep inside Ferrari factory in Maranello, especially since Porsche released their GT2 RS last year. Now the first complete picture of this beast has leaked and we get our first look at the new 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO. And in case you are in a hurry to know, it has 700 horsepower. 

Ferrari 488 GTO is the successor to the 360 Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia, and the 458 Speciale. But this one is apparently so good, they went ahead and gave it the venerated GTO badge. The name has not yet been confirmed officially, but a lot people are calling it that. So it is almost certainly the official name.

Now, those three letters hark back to what is possibly the most glorious part of Ferrari’s history and perhaps the entire automotive culture. So the new boy had better be damn good, or Ferrari will get some serious stick from their hard-core fans. But of course it is gong to be awesome in every way, this 488 GTO, because it’s a new Ferrari. Sources tells us 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO is a hard and stiff race car built for the streets, so in that sense at least not much has changed since the Stradale days.

Other traditions to be continued in the extra-hot 488 include wight loss and added power. The 3.9 liter turbo V8 gets some additional boost and churns out 700 horsepower. Meanwhile more of the body components will be made from carbon fiber to achieve a significant reduction in weight compared to the standard 488. Aerodynamics is another area where this car is superior to its plain sister. But is all that enough to make the GTO a better track-focused supercar than the brilliant 911 GT2 RS?

That remains to be seen.

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PostHeaderIcon Leaked Specs Say the Ferrari 488 GTO Will Carry the Most Powerful V-8 Engine in Ferrari History

In case you’ve been inundated with news about Ferrari’s planned SUV and all-electric supercar, there is one other Ferrari model that you also need to pay attention to. I’m talking about the Ferrari 488 GTO, the same “Special Series” version of the 488 that’s rumored to be debuting at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. There have been a lot of rumors being thrown out about the go-faster 488, including whispers that it’s going to pack in excess of 700 horsepower. Well, leaked photos from a recent dealership meeting have revealed a few more details about the upcoming monster, and one of these details point to the car getting “the most powerful V-8 engine in Ferrari history.”



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“Tthe aforementioned V-8 engine is going to be an “evolution” of the same V-8 engine that the 488 Challenge has”

The leaked images aren’t crystal clear in quality, so it’s hard to make out exactly what the presentation is pertaining to. You’re going to have to look a lot closer, but if you can make it out, you’ll notice that the aforementioned V-8 engine is going to be an “evolution” of the same V-8 engine that the 488 Challenge has. We know that the Challenge carries the same 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8 engine that the road-going 488 has. But that’s not the important bit. If you remember, the 488 Challenge’s V-8 featured a number of driving components that were revised to help improve its on-track performance capabilities. One of the improvements was a specific engine mapping system that was modified specifically to give the 488 Challenge improved racing performance. The engine also had shorter gear ratios that amounted to an 11.6% increase in acceleration out of turns compared to its predecessor.


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“The 488 GTO’s V-8 engine will also be “around 10% lighter than the 488 GTB.””

According to the presentation, the 488 GTO’s V-8 engine will also be “around 10% lighter than the 488 GTB.” The lighter engine coincides with another important aspect of the upcoming supercar. Based on the slides, the 488 GTO will carry “the highest utilization of carbon fiber on any Ferrari range car.” That particular photo reveals a rendering of the 488 GTO with the majority of the front section and parts of the rear section highlighted in blue. Unless our eyes deceive us, the 488 GTO will feature a carbon fiber hood, front and rear bumpers, and rear spoiler.


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Carbon fiber will also be used generously in the interior. According to the photos, the dashboard and front tunnel will be made from the lightweight stuff, while the floor panels will be made from aluminum. The car will also feature racing seats and will have no glovebox, presumably to continue the trend of weight savings.


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“The Ferrari 488 GTO will use 20-inch carbon fiber wheels that are 40% lighter than standard alloy rims”

Then there are the wheels. The Ferrari 488 GTO will use 20-inch carbon fiber wheels that are 40% lighter than standard alloy rims. The wheels will then be wrapped in Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.


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All these changes will result in the 488 Challenge being 20% more aerodynamically efficient than the standard 488 GTO. Combine that with what everything we’ve seen and heard, and there really is one conclusion we can come to.

The Ferrari 488 GTO will be an absolute monster.

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PostHeaderIcon All-Electric Ferrari Supercar All But Confirmed

One cool things about major motor shows is that the bosses of big companies often get jealous of what the competition is doing, and either make boastful claims or divulge information that then turn into an obligation. That seems to be the case with Ferrari’s caporegime, Sergio Marchionne, who apparently committed himself in an interview to an all-electric Ferrari supercar. 

According to Marchionne Ferrari now has no choice but to go and make an electric supercar, and it will have to be the best. The reason for that is Elon Musk and his new Tesla Roadster. Sergio has been talking some smack about Musk and his electric baby, claiming that if they put their mind into it, an electric Ferrari supercar would be a lot better than that Roadster everybody is so madly in love with.

“If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first,” Marchionne said. “People are amazed at what Tesla did with a supercar: I’m not trying to minimize what Elon did but I think it’s doable by all of us.”

Does this mean Ferrari will come up with their own electric speed machine before 2020, which is when the Roadster is set to be launched? Not likely. The scenario, according to Marchionne, is first to step up the brand’s hybrid game.

“We do it because we have to do it,” Marchionne said. “While there is work to be done, the new plan for Ferrari being released in the first half will include hybrid cars, he said, “so going from there to an electric is easy.”

Via Bloomberg

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PostHeaderIcon What the Hell is a Ferrari 488 Special Series Coupe?

Is Ferrari preparing a more hardcore version of the 488 supercar? That looks to be the case after documents from the California Air Resources Board revealed an unidentified 2018MY Ferrari that carried the name 488 Special Series Coupe. The CARB certification was published on January 2, 2018, after only being finalized two weeks prior. All signs point to this new Ferrari 488 making its debut in the early part of this year, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show in March.


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“The number being touted is 700 horsepower, which, together with the expected weight-savings, could make for a more potent version of the 488 that can live up to the Prancing Horse’s GTO legacy.”

There are no details available about the model other than the fact that we’ve heard reports in the past that Ferrari was working on a more powerful version of the 488, reportedly called the 488 GTO. We’ve caught sight of a handful of 488 prototypes undergoing testing as early as 2016. There were even sightings last November of two versions of the car — a red one and a white one — doing some test runs.

We didn’t get a really good look at the two 488 mules, but we did notice the different bumper with the larger outlets and a new black trim that looks to be part of a more advanced aerodynamic package that will be included for weight-saving purposes. The CARB certification does not reveal details on car’s power output. We should at least expect it to produce more than the 660-horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque output of the existing 488 GTB. The number being touted is 700 horsepower, which, together with the expected weight-savings, could make for a more potent version of the 488 that can live up to the Prancing Horse’s GTO legacy.

It is worth mentioning that Ferrari’s 2018 model-year certification of the 488 Special Series Coupe means that the Italian automaker needs to have the model on sale before June. That timetable means that we could see the model make its debut in the coming months, with the most likely venue being the Geneva Motor Show this coming March.

References

Ferrari 488


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTO.


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Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.


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PostHeaderIcon Would You Pay $365,000 For A 6.3-Liter V-12 Out Of A LaFerrari?

As we all know by now, the Ferrari LaFerrari is an incredible beast of a machine, capable of doling out illegal levels of speed in the blink of an eye thanks to its high-tech powertrain. Now, someone is selling the beating heart of a LaFerrari on eBay.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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Ditch that crummy old LS V-8, because we just found something way better. Say hello to a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter 12-cylinder from a LaFerrari, capable of propelling you all the way to nirvana on an Italian wave of howling fury. To sweeten the deal, it’s got just 20 miles on it, too. If you’re interested, the “Buy It Now” price is pegged at an eye-watering $385,000, so better go flip the couch cushions for a ’lil extra spare change.

Add gasoline, and this lump will spit out 789 horsepower at a head-spinning 9,000 rpm, as well as 520 pound-feet of torque at 6,750 rpm. Add in Ferrari’s Formula 1-derived KERS hybrid system, plus an electric motor, and output jumps to 949 horses and 664 pound-feet of torque, all of which helps the LaFerrari hit 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph.


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“We're guessing that whoever is responsible for the auction will be found, sued, banned from ever purchasing any Ferrari product for the rest of time, and if possible, crushed to death under a mountain of Ferrari-branded teddy bears.”

Unfortunately, the above-featured auction looks as though it only includes the internal combustion bits and none of the hybrid components. What’s more, anyone looking to drop this thing under their hood is gonna need to know their way around a torch, as it’s most definitely not a plug-and-play kinda application – the transmission in particular is a big question mark when it comes to actually making the V-12 work in another car.

No word on where the engine came from, but odds are Ferrari is gonna be seriously pissed off once it finds out about this. Hell, if the brand won’t hesitate to whip out the lawyers over a customized urn used to fulfill the wishes of a boy who died of cancer, we can only imagine Maranello’s backlash when they find an engine out of one of their beloved hypercars up for sale to the highest bidder. We’re guessing that whoever is responsible will be found, sued, banned from ever purchasing any Ferrari product for the rest of time, and if possible, crushed to death under a mountain of Ferrari-branded teddy bears.

References

Ferrari LaFerrari


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Read our full review on the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari.


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PostHeaderIcon Custom-Built Ferrari Testarossa Convertible Has A History With The King of Pop

The Ferrari Testarossa is regarded as one of the most iconic cars of the 1980’s. But as popular as the two-door Berlinetta was, Ferrari actually made just one convertible version. That model was specially created as a gift by Ferrari for the late Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat at the time. There are a handful of other drop-top Testarossas in existence today, but all of them are custom-built, including this black beauty that was built specifically for Michael Jackson’s now iconic 1987 Pepsi commercial.


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“The provenance of this creation is unlike any other custom Testarossa Convertible”

If you’re going to own a custom-built Ferrari Testarossa Convertible, I can’t think of another one that you should own more than this particular example. The provenance of this creation is unlike any other custom Testarossa Convertible. Jackson may not have owned it at any point in his life, but he did use it in the famous four-part Pepsi commercial that saw MJ try to escape a horde of screaming fans. The Testarossa Convertible doesn’t get a lot of screen time, but it did make an impression, especially when Jackson uses it to escape the mass hysteria that was chasing him.

Outside of its appearance in the Pepsi ads, the black Testarossa Convertible also has a unique history of its own. According to its lineage, it was built by a custom tuning company in California at a cost of $40,000. Remember, this was in the 1980’s, a time when $40,000 was almost half of what an actual Testarossa cost — it was priced from $94,000 — when it was introduced around the same time.


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“So the car itself wasn’t cheap to build, but if you have $799,900 lying around today, you can buy it and make it a part of your personal collection”

So the car itself wasn’t cheap to build, but if you have $799,900 lying around today, you can buy it and make it a part of your personal collection. For that amount, you get one of the most unique custom-built Ferrari Testarossa convertible units in history. It does have 17,000 miles on its odometer so it’s been used quite heavily in the course of its 31-year life. Still, when’s the next time you’ll get to see a Testarossa convertible that has Michael Jackson’s provenance attached to it.

The answer? Never. This is the only one that has it.

References

Ferrari Testarossa


1968 Ferrari Testarossa Spider - image 655410

Read our full review on the 1968 Ferrari Testarossa.

PostHeaderIcon Custom-Built Ferrari Testarossa Convertible Has A History With The King of Pop

The Ferrari Testarossa is regarded as one of the most iconic cars of the 1980’s. But as popular as the two-door Berlinetta was, Ferrari actually made just one convertible version. That model was specially created as a gift by Ferrari for the late Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat at the time. There are a handful of other drop-top Testarossas in existence today, but all of them are custom-built, including this black beauty that was built specifically for Michael Jackson’s now iconic 1987 Pepsi commercial.


Custom-Built Ferrari Testarossa Convertible Has A History With The King of Pop - image 753920
“The provenance of this creation is unlike any other custom Testarossa Convertible”

If you’re going to own a custom-built Ferrari Testarossa Convertible, I can’t think of another one that you should own more than this particular example. The provenance of this creation is unlike any other custom Testarossa Convertible. Jackson may not have owned it at any point in his life, but he did use it in the famous four-part Pepsi commercial that saw MJ try to escape a horde of screaming fans. The Testarossa Convertible doesn’t get a lot of screen time, but it did make an impression, especially when Jackson uses it to escape the mass hysteria that was chasing him.

Outside of its appearance in the Pepsi ads, the black Testarossa Convertible also has a unique history of its own. According to its lineage, it was built by a custom tuning company in California at a cost of $40,000. Remember, this was in the 1980’s, a time when $40,000 was almost half of what an actual Testarossa cost — it was priced from $94,000 — when it was introduced around the same time.


Custom-Built Ferrari Testarossa Convertible Has A History With The King of Pop - image 753916
“So the car itself wasn’t cheap to build, but if you have $799,900 lying around today, you can buy it and make it a part of your personal collection”

So the car itself wasn’t cheap to build, but if you have $799,900 lying around today, you can buy it and make it a part of your personal collection. For that amount, you get one of the most unique custom-built Ferrari Testarossa convertible units in history. It does have 17,000 miles on its odometer so it’s been used quite heavily in the course of its 31-year life. Still, when’s the next time you’ll get to see a Testarossa convertible that has Michael Jackson’s provenance attached to it.

The answer? Never. This is the only one that has it.

References

Ferrari Testarossa


1968 Ferrari Testarossa Spider - image 655410

Read our full review on the 1968 Ferrari Testarossa.

PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Plans Increased Production Of Its Models

The rising demand for high-end exotic cars means that even the most stubborn of automakers will need to take advantage of the opportunities that come with it. Take Ferrari, for example. The Italian marque has resisted the urge to increase production of its models, arguing that it would ruin the exclusivity that’s normally associated with the Prancing Horse. But the company has since had a change of heart and with it, a change of priorities. The short-term goal in Maranello is to increase production in its facilities in order for the company to reach its target of selling 9,000 models a year by 2018.


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“The Italian automaker still plans to keep the exclusivity of its $200,000-and-up models, but it’s now intent on complementing that by adding a few high-volume models”

Former Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo was famous for his abhorrence of increasing production of Ferrari models because he didn’t want the brand’s status and prestige to be diluted by becoming more of a mainstream automaker in the vein of Porsche. In his mind, Ferrari should always be a low-volume automaker. But times have changed. Current CEO Sergio Marchionne has adopted a softer stance on the issue. The Italian automaker still plans to keep the exclusivity of its $200,000-and-up models, but it’s now intent on complementing that by adding a few high-volume models. That plan includes developing the Italian automaker’s first-ever SUV, a sight that could send di Montezemolo to the happy house.

Regardless of what the former chief thinks, this is the best-case scenario for Ferrari, at least from a business point of view. Automakers in the same social class as Ferrari — Lamborghini, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, to name a few – have come to understand the importance of having an SUV in the lineup. That’s why all three brands have their own SUVs now.

“That plan includes developing the Italian automaker’s first-ever SUV, a sight that could send di Montezemolo to the happy house.”

At the very least, they’ve shown Ferrari that a super SUV can not only work in this current market but, more importantly, it can serve as the backbone that can help these automakers increase its profits. It would’ve made sense from a traditionalist’s point of view to eschew the thought of a Ferrari SUV. But the opposite rings true from a business case. SUV’s, no matter how high-strung they can get, are money-makers in the current landscape of the industry. If you don’t have one, you’re missing out on that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Now that a Ferrari SUV is in the pipeline, it makes sense for Ferrari to boost its own production capabilities. That includes doubling assembly shifts to two per day in 2018 to meet deliveries that are now on pace to reach 9,000 units by the end of 2018, a year ahead of its initial target.
This is good news for Ferrari because an SUV can increase a company’s profile beyond its own identity. Likewise, developing an SUV while still keeping a cap on production shouldn’t hurt the status and exclusivity that the Italian automaker has long tried to protect.

References


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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Ferrari SUV.


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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari 488 GTO

Ferrari has developed a fairly predictable pattern when it comes to releasing mid-engine V-8 models. First, we get the “regular” one, and then the lighter, faster, more powerful road-racer variant follows. So far, the 488 GTB is the only one that hasn’t received this treatment, but we know it’s just around the corner (if we don’t include the track-only GTE and GT3 models, that is). However, recent developments suggest that a higher performance, road-legal model is underway. This souped-up 488 will replace the 458 Speciale, but there’s no official word as to what name it will carry. More recent reports suggest it could be called the GTO, but the Scuderia and Speciale names are still on the table until Ferrari spills the beans.

The still fresh 488 GTB is great in just about any regard. It looks fast and aggressive, it has a race-inspired interior that’s also luxurious, and a twin-turbo V-8 that cranks out a massive amount of power, while still returning decent fuel economy. The upcoming beefed-up version should be not only lighter but more powerful too, in addition to having what it takes to handle a weekend full of racing action at the track. The car is already being tested on public roads, and word has it might arrive with a KERS system in addition to the turbo V-8. It’s definitely something to get excited about since KERS was restricted to Formula One cars and the LaFerrari up until now. Let’s take a closer look at what we already know about it in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the future Ferrari 488 GTO.

Exterior


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“The front will get a lower, more aggressive carbon-fiber splitter and larger bumper intakes”

As you would expect, it will share much of its running gear and hard-points with the 488 GTB, but almost every body panel will be new. The front will get a lower, more aggressive carbon-fiber splitter and larger bumper intakes. These features can be seen in the latest spy shots that show the front end of car without any camo. The test car also sports blacked-out headlamps for a more menacing look.

Active aerodynamic flaps should also be integrated between the two vertical pillars and feed air through the radiators or around the car through the turning vanes at high speeds. Similar to the 458 Speciale, the front hood will feature a central air extractor bisected by a single fin.


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“The rear will get a diffuser with active aero elements and possibly a retractable aero foil”

The side skirts will be exposed carbon-fiber and include fins just in front of the rear wheels. The roof will also be exposed carbon, as will the center sections of the massive scalloped side intakes. But more importantly, the mules spotted so far have larger side intakes, which hint that the engine is more powerful, and thus needs better cooling.

The rear will get a diffuser with active aero elements and possibly a retractable aerofoil like the LaFerrari. The engine hood is completely camouflaged, so it’s safe to assume that this 488 will arrive with significant changes here, like a redesigned cover with new vents.

Interior


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Note: Ferrari 488 GTB interior shown.

“With no carpeting, minimal creature comforts and little sound deadening, the 488 GTO will be expectedly spartan and loud on the inside”

With no carpeting, minimal creature comforts and little sound deadening, the 488 GTO will be expectedly spartan and loud on the inside, but comfy enough to drive to and from the track or your favorite stretch of road. Expect a range of custom leather and stitching colors for what little fabric there is.

The drivetrain will be controllable with transmission buttons in the center console, and, as has become Ferrari tradition, just about every other function will be accessed via steering-wheel buttons. The steering wheel will also get shift lights to supplement a tachometer that sits front and center in the instrument cluster, flanked by multi-function high-definition displays.

A flat bottom steering wheel and race-spec seats should round off the track-prepped interior. And should this Ferrari be a hybrid, it will come with additional controls for the KERS system and extra options in the digital instrument cluster.

Drivetrain


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Note: Ferrari 488 GTB engine shown.

“This is where prediction are a bit more difficult to make as some rumors point out to a hybrid drivetrain configuration”

This is where prediction are a bit more difficult to make as some rumors point out to a hybrid drivetrain configuration. While logic suggests that a track-focused version of the 488 GTB would use a more powerful version of the standard model’s V-8 engine, more recent information leads us to believe that this car could also feature a KERS system in addition to the twin-turbo, 3.9-liter mill.

While there aren’t any specific hints that the camouflaged prototype employs such as system — the bigger vents and exhaust pipes could be there for the beefed-up V-8 only — an older spy video includes audio footage of a Ferrari engineer telling the test driver to not turn off the KERS system on the car. Unless Ferrari is doing some testing for other future models, the 488 GTO, or whatever name it will have, could become Ferrari’s second hybrid since the range-topping LaFerrari.

“KERS comes straight from Formula One, and its main feat is that it delivers an extra 160 horsepower for a few seconds”

KERS, or kinetic energy recovery system, comes straight from Formula One and its main feat is that it delivers an extra 160 horsepower for a few seconds, which helps race cars perform quick overtakes in straight lines. Such a feature wouldn’t be exactly useful on the road, but it could make the 488 a lot more fun at the track, as well as turn it into a hybrid. Granted, it wouldn’t be a full-fledged hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt or Toyota Prius, but another step toward Ferraris with significant electric range and improved combined fuel economy.

No matter the drivetrain, it’s safe to assume that this special version of the 488 GTB will have more than the standard 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. Expect at least 700 horsepower from a beefed-up gasoline V-8 and even in excess of 800 horses with a KERS system. Charging from 0 to 60 mph should take a mind-boggling 2.8 seconds, to go with a top speed of around 210 mph.

Prices

I expect 488 GTO pricing to start somewhere between $320,000 and $340,000. For reference, the standard 488 GTB retails from around $250,000 in the United States.

Competition

Lamborghini Huracan Performate


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Introduced in 2017, the Huracan Performance is a living legend. It’s the most menacing road-legal Lambo built to date and a race car in disguise. Based on the familiar Huracan, the Performante sports an intricate aerodynamic package and a revised chassis for enhanced performance, while a retuned 5.2-liter V-10 engine sends 631 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. The Performance might also be as quick as the 488 GTO thanks to its 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 2.8 seconds. What’s more, this Lambo is fast on race tracks too, having set a new Nurburgring record for production cars at 6:52.01 minutes. It has pricing on its side too, retailing from $274,390, around $50K less than what the Ferrari 488 GTO is expect to cost.

Read our full story on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performance.

McLaren 750LT


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If you haven’t heard of the McLaren 750LT, it’s most likely because this car doesn’t exist yet. The name is also our own speculation, based on the output this version is likely to have. But as you might have already guessed, it will be a successor to the awesome 675LT and will be based on the brand-new 720S. Much like the Ferrari, it will be a beefed-up, track-prepped version of the standard model. Just like the 675LT, it will have a comprehensive aero kit, a tweaked chassis for improved performance, and a more powerful engine. My guess is that McLaren will increase output from 710 to 740 horsepower, which translates into 750 PS, hence the 750LT name. With such a powerful twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 under the hood, the 750LT should need only 2.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of nearly 210 mph. This McLaren won’t be cheap though, with a sticker likely to surpass the $375,000 mark. Production will also be limited to 500 unit, which means it will sell out in a few weeks. So have them checkbooks ready!

Read our speculative review of the upcoming McLaren 750LT.

Conclusion


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While all we can do is speculate at this point, I can say with utmost certainty that the 488 GTO will not be powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine, and it will probably be available in red. I feel like there’s some credence in the numbers and theories I’ve presented, but only time will bring anything official. We’re likely to learn a lot more about this car, including its actual name, in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Scuderia or GTO?


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“Although I refer to this car as the GTO, this name is far from being official”

Although I refer to this car as the GTO, this name is far from being official. Its predecessor, based on the 458, was called the Speciale, but since Ferrari is known to shuffle these nameplates, and the general consensus was that the 488 GTB would use the Scuderia name for its beefed-up version. But once prototypes began hitting public roads, some rumors claim that this model will be used to bring back the GTO name. The iconic letters were used more recently in 2010, when Ferrari launched the 599 GTO, but the nameplate is actually more famous for the 250 GTO from the 1960s and the 288 GTO from the 1980s. Both cars are among the most iconic vehicles Maranello has ever built and are part of the same lineage of flagship supercars that also include the F40, F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari. Also, the GTO name was used on flagship cars on all three occasions so it would be a big strategy shift to put these iconic letters on the 488. The 812 Superfast is more suited for the “GTO” badge, but it has yet to gain a higher performance upgrade. Its predecessor, the F12berlinetta, got one, but it was named the F12tdf. While the “tdf” badge holds an important place in Ferrari history, it’s pretty clear that the company didn’t find the F12 worthy of the GTO name. All told, we have three different names, and it remains to be seen which will be used for the 488. But needless to say, the Italians won’t go wrong with either of them.

Rendering


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  • Leave it
    • Likely to be very pricey
    • Turbocharging might not be for everyone
    • Might be faster than that $1 million LaFerrari you are so proud of

References

Ferrari 488


2018 Ferrari 488 GTO - image 636191

Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTO.


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Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.

Ferrari 458


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Read our full review on the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale.

PostHeaderIcon Upcoming Ferrari 488 GTO Spotted in the Wild

We know that Ferrari is working on a more aggressive version of the 488 GTB — a successor to the iconic 458 Speciale — we haven’t heard much about it until now. We also haven’t seen it testing on public roads or race tracks before, but we can finally take a peek at the upcoming Prancing Horse thanks to a batch of photos that surfaced the Interwebz. Reportedly called the 488 GTO, the beefed-up GTB was taken for a spin in a test session that included two cars. While one wears heavy white camouflage that doesn’t allow us to have a glimpse at its features, the second one was captured without any camo on its front end.

The supercar looks very familiar as it retains all the main features of the 488 GTB. However, it has a different bumper with larger outlets and new black trim that appears to be part of a revised aerodynamic package. The headlamps have been blacked out for a more menacing look. Not much else can be seen in these photos from Motor.es, but expect the front splitter to be backed by a redesigned diffuser and a new spoiler around back. Revised side skirts, new wheels, and a new engine hood are also on the table, alongside numerous weight-saving components inside and out.

The twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V-8 engine from the GTB will find its way into the GTO as well, but not before Ferrari increases output from 660 to around 700 horsepower. The GTO is not yet official, and Ferrari could actually reuse the Speciale or Scuderia names. The “GTO” names were used on only three cars up until now — the 250 GTO, 288 GTO, and 599 GTO — all of which were considered flagship models when they arrived. The new supercar could break cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stick around for updates.

References

Ferrari 488


2018 Ferrari 488 GTO - image 636191

Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTO.


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Read our full review on the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.

Ferrari 458


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Read our full review on the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale.

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End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:52:16 PST
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