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.
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.
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