Ferrari 488 Pista 2019

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  1. Castrol96

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    A Ferrari 488 GTB-based mule has been spotted racking up laps on the Nürburgring and some surrounding roads.

    The car is thought to be a tester for a hardcore version of the 488 to mark the end of the mid-engine supercar’s run. Recall, Ferrari is also running test mules for the 488’s replacement.

    Compared to the 488 GTB, this hardcore version has a few subtle differences.


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    There are new intakes at outer edges of the front bumper and the side intakes have also been enlarged. Finally, the engine cover is completely concealed, hinting at some major changes taking place underneath.

    According to the rumors, the hardcore 488 will revive Ferrari’s “GTO” badge, last used in 2010 on the 599 GTO. A 488 GTO would make an awesome spiritual successor to the 288 GTO of the 1980s, another mid-engine model powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8, and there’s actually some credibility here as Ferrari races the 488. The “O” in GTO stands for Omologato, Italian for “homologated.”

    The 488 GTB’s 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 is good for 660 horsepower. This hardcore 488 is expected to have an output closer to 700 hp. There should be upgrades to the aerodynamics and chassis, too.

    Hopefully the car will also undergo a weight-saving program. McLaren’s 720S, which is roughly 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB, has 710 hp.

    The hardcore 488’s ace could be a hybrid system similar to what Ferrari used for the LaFerrari. The KERS-type hybrid system aids the engine by providing torque fill at low revs and a boost at higher engine speeds. It can recover energy from both the engine and under braking.

    The hardcore 488, whatever it ends up being called, is expected in 2018, one year before the 488 replacement is due. By the time it arrives, Porsche and Mercedes-AMG will have their respective 911 GT2 RS and GT Black Series models ready to face it. No doubt the McLaren 720S and Lamborghini's Huracán Performante would also give it a run for its money.



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  2. McLaren

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    The 488 replacement is due in 2019? Hmm, bit odd that the 488 will only be 3-4 years old.

    A potential owner on FChat is saying it will debut at Geneva 2018 and doesn't think the GTO moniker will be used, though.
     
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    The F430 didn't go for particularly long either, only 5-ish years. Quite frankly I'm not sure if I'd call it more odd than anything else Ferrari does especially if they'll unveil the replacement in the later part of 2019.
     
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    Yeah but....an announcement of a replacement only 2 years after its debut? The 488 GTB only unveiled in 2015...and has only been really available since 2016. So it'll only last 3-4 years. O.o
     
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    True, but the 458 went on for close to 6 years in return. A 488 successor in 2019 would pin the car at 4 years tops.

    I wonder if this is Ferrari's way up increasing sales without diluting the models.
     
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    It's certainly a possibility but it should be noted that Ferrari has been giving each series of V8 Berlinettas a 10 year production run (348 and F355 from 1989 to 1999, 360 and F430 from 1999 to 2009) it would sort of make sense for the 458/488 too.
     
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    McLaren is making them hurry up and make something faster and newer
     
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    I didn't initially like the 488's front grill, but I like this new one a lot so far.
     
  12. catamount39

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    It is definitely an even better looking version of the 488. :tup:
     
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    Probably pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, but I really hope the frunk is turned into some dramatic aero solution for extra front-end downforce. The central part in particular; I'm picturing a bunch of negative space really giving the car a different look.

    Agreed about that front bumper. Looks mean.
     
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    Highest power increase versus donor car essentially confirms 700hp: the Speciale had a 35hp jump over the stock 458.
     
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  17. 05XR8

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    I can't unsee it.
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  18. DeadHero

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    One slide I forgot to post:

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    Also, the official media reveal has been set for February 16th. Hopefully I'll be able to go and check it out at Geneva this year as I really want to see this car in person.
     
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    The Ferrari 488 GTB is already a good looker to me. This car looks like a better-looking 488 GTB. Looks better up front than LaFerrari. Bellissima! I'm pretty sure this will be an even better performer than a bone stock 488 GTB.
     
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    Here she is: Screenshot_20180123-175101~2.png

    I think it would be better if the stripes continued on the front.

    Also, if you look througt the side window you can spot the wing on the back of the other one.
     
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    Other one possonly a Spec Series car? Looks like it has competition wheels.
     
  22. Carbon_6

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    Or not have any stripes on the splitter. Or no stripes at all...
     
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    The stripes are there to show off the S-Duct. I think it looks cool.
     
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  24. I think silver stripes like on the F430 Scud would look better. The front reminds me of the Ferrari SPJ slightly.
     
  25. Castrol96

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    Interesting, not what I expected.
     
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    It smiles like an evil fast turtle... not sure how I feel about this. :boggled:
     
  28. It certainly doesn't look as awesome as the Speciale.
     
  29. Castrol96

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    The design is like the Performante.
     
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