When exactly? Best guess: Geneva.
We’ve known for a while Ferrari is working on a hardcore version of its 488 GTB, potentially to wear the GTO moniker. While the exact name remains a mystery, AutoGuide has learned that Ferrari will definitely be unveiling the supercar this year. The publication managed to find a California Air Resources Board (CARB) document on the latter’s official website, and it lists the entire 2018 model year Ferrari lineup. Along with 2017 carryovers such as the 488 GTB/Spider and GTC4 Lusso, there was also a listing for ‘488 Special Series Coupe.’
As has always been done in the past, the ‘Special Series’ term has been reserved exclusively for Ferrari’s hardcore, track-focused models, such as the F12tdf and 458 Speciale. The Geneva Motor Show is where Ferrari has some of its biggest reveals, such as the LaFerrari, so it makes complete sense for this 488 Special Series/GTO to debut there as well. Also, considering the new Portofino just had its debut last September at Frankfurt, Ferrari will need to have something to show at the Swiss show. It can’t come empty handed. Previous spy shots of this new 488 variant indicate Ferrari will further utilize its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). Or, in other words, it will be a hybrid 488.
This would make sense considering we learned Ferrari is targeting around 700 hp from that twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8. The 488 GTB is good for 660 hp, so any extreme version of it needs that extra oomph plus some weight loss. In any case, 2018 will be a great year for Ferrari.