New Ferrari 488 GTO – V8 Sport Special Series

These are the first images of the undisguised 488 V8 Sport Special Series. First of all we know the name. It will be the Sports Special Series, as per the display in the back of the image. If the name is any different we will let you know here.

Amazingly this image was sneaked out of the first showing in Maranello, which given the tight security around these events means that someone in security will be sleeping with a horse’s head tonight!

As expected the front of the car looks so much more aggressive than the standard 488 GTB, with an air intake that remains closed unless braking requires it. The new cars offers 20% aero efficiency over the 488 GTB thanks to the Front S Duct, a 488 GTE inspired rear diffuser and air outlets, and a LaFerrari style rear spoiler that pops out during hard braking.

If you look closely at the image you will see that on display are actually two cars, with one in the background. You can just see through the front car window that the rear car has the rear spoiler deployed. Nice to see the LaFerrari technology making it’s way to the V8.

The expectation is that the new Ferrari will be faster than a LaFerrari, which is amazing if achieved. Performance figures are tightly guarded but some leaks suggest the following:

725 PS, 0-100 2.8, 0-200 7.8,

Let’s wait and see.

What we know for sure:

Track-Like Fun to drive, Agility and Vehicle Responsiveness, thanks to:

New Sideslip Management System

New Race Gearshift Strategy

Extremely Direct Steering Ratio

New Michelin Sport Cup 2 Tyres

Highest Utilisation of Carbon Fibre on a range car

Pretty much the entire front end is made of Carbon Fibre, including the Hood and entire front  bumper. At the rear, the bumper and extendable rear spoiler (mentioned above) is made of carbon too.


Of course the interior is stripped of all luxuries, with only essential things included. The aim of course is lightness!


The engine will be the most powerful V8 in Ferraris history, and is an evolution of the 488 Challenge engine

The new car will achieve the highest power increase for a V8 Special Series.

Engine will be around 10% lighter that the standard V8 found in the 488 GTB.

Aurally the sound will be better too, with a unique track like sound.

Alloy Wheels:

If you look at the wheels, not only do they look great, but they are 40% lighter than the standard wheels.

Stay tuned for more to come!

Andy Rasool

Founder - Although he has been a Certified Ferrari Tifosi since the age of 10, his fate was sealed when at the age of 14 he persuaded a Ferrari dealer in London that he wanted to buy a new Ferrari. A phone call to his dad the following day soon put an end to that! His therapist suggested that to overcome the addiction a healthy dose of Ferrari Blogging and Spotting will help, and with that was born!

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