It's been two years since Ferrari released the 488 GTB. In the time since, it's followed up with a Spider and various racing versions of the same. But the one we've all been waiting for isthe heir to the 458 Speciale
, and that's reportedly just around the corner.According
, thehardcore version
of Maranello's core mid-engined supercar is set to be called the 488 GTO. If that name sounds familiar, it comes remarkably close to that of the288 GTO
, which was similarly based on the 308 GTB and also packed a twin-turbocharged V8 to propel it into new performance territory.
Of course the Gran Turismo Omologato name has also been used on the 599 GTO (itself only one place up on each of the 488's digits) and the legendary 250 GTO, to say nothing of thePontiacs
that “borrowed” it as well.
More to the point, though, it will follow in a distinguished line of “more power, less weight” Ferraris – from the 360 Challenge Stradale, through the430 Scuderia
, and the aforementioned458 Speciale
Nomenclature aside, word has it that the stripped-out 488 could also boast some 700 horsepower, leaving theLamborghini Huracan 640-4 Performante
in the dust and catching up to theMcLaren 720S
A stripped-out cockpit, thinner glass, and the like would help cut down on excess weight, with a beefed-up suspension and brakes to drive the message home even more emphatically and cut the 0-62 time down from three seconds flat in the GTB to about 2.7 in the GTO.
It'd be just the thing, in short, to fend off the advances from Porsche's forthcoming911 GT2 RS
, and is expected to arrive sometime next year.