Two prototypes of the hardcore version of the Ferrari 488 GTB were caught up to the Nurburgring race track, and its surroundings a few days after the partial revelation of the model. The successor of 458 Speciale is rumored to be taking the legendary GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato), which was last used in the 599 GTO.
It would certainly seem like an appropriate time for Ferrari to remind the automotive world who’s boss, what the Porsche’s GT2 RS and Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante currently making a lot of noise in the segment that the 458 Speciale once held dominion over.
As for when we can expect it, the 458 was unveiled in 2009 with the Speciale not appearing until 2013. So with the 488 having been revealed in 2015, a Geneva or Paris launch seems likely for the go-faster variant, depending on how far along in its development it is.
The weight of the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTO will be reduced by about 90 kilos, achieving a figure below 1,300 kilos, while the performance of the V9 twin-turbo 3.9-liter engine will increase and surpass 700 horses, making it 0-100 km / hour in about 2.7 seconds.