While not expected to bow until March at the Geneva Motor Show, the forthcoming Ferrari 488 “GTO” may have just shown its face on photo, appearing in a pic uploaded to Twitter by user Zero2Turbo. The photograph, which can be seen below, seems as though it was taken at an official automaker event, and it depicts a car with much more aggressive bodywork than the car’s more “tame” cousin, the Ferrari 488 GTB.
The “GTO” name is rather special for Ferrari, having been applied to just three of the marque’s past models: the 250 GTO, 288 GTO, and 599 GTO. It stands for “Gran Turismo Omologato” (or “grand tourer homologated”), and as the name suggests, it’s typically been reserved for homologation specials – high-performance cars built in limited numbers so that Ferrari could enter them in competition. The lone exception to was the company’s most recent GTO model: the 599.
The name might not adorn Ferrari’s special variant of the 488, and the new car isn’t being produced for homologation purposes, but according to some key details leaked from a presentation made to dealers and special customers, the forthcoming Ferrari 488 special series model ought to deliver mind-numbing performance nonetheless. Leaked slides promise the “highest horsepower increase vs donor car for a V8 special series,” Autoblog reports, and since the 488 GTB pumps out 660 horsepower, more than 700 is anticipated from the new model.
The engine producing all that thrust won’t be the same twin-turbocharged, 3.9-liter V8 as in the GTB, but a streetable version of the twin-turbo, 3.9L that’s in the Ferrari 488 Challenge race car. That will make the engine around ten percent lighter than on the GTB. Further helping weight, carbon fiber is the material of choice for the hood, bumpers, rear spoiler, dash, center tunnel, and wheels. Those wheels will weigh 40-percent less than the regular alloys, and wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
It will be weeks before we learn if all of this information is, in fact, accurate, but for the time being, check out the leaked photograph of the forthcoming Ferrari 488 “GTO” below. And do try not to drool all over your keyboard.