The hardcore Ferrari 488 finally has a name.
For the first time, Ferrari acknowledged the existence of its upcoming hardcore variant of the 488, with an official teaser showing the supercar being tamed around a track alongside the 488 Challenge race car. The message was clear: this will be a thoroughbred, track-focused 488 positioned as a serious rival to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. At the time, Ferrari didn’t reveal an official name for its hardcore supercar, but rumors have suggested it will either be called the 488 GTO as a throwback to the original 250 GTO, or the 488 Sport Special Series.
However, new leaked images posted on the Ferrari Chat forum seemingly confirm that Ferrari’s GT2 RS fighter will have a more literal name. Images of the car's rear reveal the name to be the "488 Pista". No, it’s not the name of a spicy pasta dish: it’s Italian for the word “track.” The freshly leaked images also give us our best look yet at the track-focused 488. As expected, the aggressive body has been fitted with an abundance of aerodynamic changes, including a large front splitter and a massive rear diffuser. According to Autocar, Ferrari has yet to comment on the leaked images. What else do we know about the Ferrari 488 Pista so far?
According to leaked company presentation documents, it will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 derived from the 488 Challenge race car with over 700 horsepower on tap, so it could potentially dethrone the LaFerrari as the fastest road-going Ferrari. It will also be 20 percent more aerodynamically efficient than the 488 GTB, making the Pista the most hardcore, track-focused Ferrari road car ever produced. The Ferrari 488 Pista (this new name is going to take some getting used to) will most likely debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks, but at this rate Ferrari won’t have much new information to share. Chances are, an online reveal is imminent.