Harder version of 488 GTB is under development with an anticipated 700bhp, making it a natural rival to Stuttgart's fiercest 911 model

The Ferrari 488 GTO will be the most hardcore V8 supercar to leave the gates of Maranello when it's launched next year.

As a track-focused version of the 488 GTB, the 488 GTO, as it is expected to be called, will essentially be a replacement to the discontinued 458 Speciale, a car widely regarded as the best track-focused Ferrari to date.

Despite the video's claim that the car will use the KERS system of the LaFerrari, it's unlikely that the car will have this, given its exclusive application to V12 engines before this. Instead, the 488 GTO will build on the proven platform of the 488 with extra internal combustion power, more focused chassis settings and a lightened structure to offer scintillating performance to rival the upcoming Porsche 911 GT2.

The 488’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine will be boosted with increased pressure and internal modifications to produce an anticipated 700bhp, with torque also increasing substantially on the standard car’s 561lb ft.

Ferrari will remove non-essential parts from the interior and sound deadening from its engine bay, as well as fitting lightweight parts such as thinner glass for the windscreen and side windows, lighter ceramic brakes and forged wheels – as with the 458 Speciale.

This should bring the 488 GTO's kerbweight down below 1400kg, enabling exhilarating on-track performance that’ll include a 0-62mph sprint time of little more than 2.7sec and a 0-124mph dash of about 7.5sec. With those stats, not even the McLaren 720S would be able to keep up.

The 488 GTO will also get new software for its Side Slip Angle Control and bodywork that works the air more aggressively, generating more downforce.

Ferrari has refrained from commenting on the model, but a recent sighting of a 488 test car suggests development has moved onto public roads. This ties in with a schedule for a car that’s due to be released in 2018 – which is when our sources expect the 488 GTO to go on sale.

Due to the car’s hardcore nature and reduced production numbers, prices will increase significantly over the 488 GTB. An entry-level figure of over £215,000 is possible.

The 488 GTO’s name follows a trend first set by the 288 GTO, which arrived in 1984 as a harder version of the 308 GTB.

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25 April 2017
More hardcore than an F40? Really? That car terrified people back in the day.

26 April 2017
...is pointless. Already sold out. You'll need £500000 to get your hands on one now.
To be fair, probably no different for the GT2-RS.

26 April 2017
"The 488 GTO’s name follows a trend first set by the 288 GTO, which arrived in 1984 as a harder version of the 308 GTB." I might be completely wrong but the 288 GTO, while being based on the 308, was a standalone model, it was Ferrari's first modern day hypercar and was originally conceived to compete in the Group B class of sportscar racing (like Porsche's 959). It was not a 308 derivative. The 488 GTO seems to be following more in the footsteps of the 599 GTO which was a harder version of the standard 599 but was not designed for racing.

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