Caught: Ferrari tested 488 GTO

Nürburgring, 12. December 2017

On the roads around the Nürburgring, our spy photographer is a prototype in front of the lens driven based on a Ferrari 488 GTB. Apparently, Maranello is working on a Hardcore Version of the mid-engine sports car. In the style of the former 458 Speciale. What will change? Retains the name of the new addition to the leg? We take a look in the future ...

Performance up, weight down

Compared to a normal 488 GTB a few subtle differences, the subtle camouflage to recognize. So there are new intakes on the outer edges of the front bumper and the side air have been enlarged openings. More air should mean more power: A GTB brings with it its a 3.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 engine to 670 HP and 760 Newton metres of torque. In the pointed variant, we expect around 700 HP and 800 Newton meters of torque. In addition, the pounds are likely to tumble. A weight loss of about 100 kilograms is assumed. For orientation: A 488 GTB brings it to just under 1.5 tons.

Comes back the "GTO"badge?

We come to the naming, because, according to Insider information, particularly focused 488 will be no Speciale. The rumors that Ferrari wants a GTO, the ""badge, revive, came in last in 2010, the 599 GTO. Thus, the 488 GTO (if it is really hot so) could be a spiritual successor to the 288 GTO, made in the 1980s with a V8 mid-engine and two turbochargers, for quite a lot of attention. In the course of 2018, we will learn more of them, like Ferrari, for example, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS to put a stop wants to areas.(ml)