Ferrari 488 GTO Caught Testing at the Nurburgring

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Ferrari’s next hardcore mid-engine V8 model, which is expected to adopt the ‘GTO’ moniker, has been photographed testing at the Nurburgring.

Just a few days ago, a video was shared on YouTube showing the same prototype pounding around the ‘Ring. Reports indicate it’s a mule for the upcoming Ferrari 488 GTO, which will serve as the successor to the 458 Speciale.

Like the video, the photos give us a good look at some of the changes Ferrari has made to the 488, with new air intakes on the edges of the front bumper and the side intakes having been enlarged. The Italian automaker has also decided to cover up the engine bay, leading us to believe some major powertrain changes could be in store.

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The latest rumors say Ferrari 488 GTO won’t incorporate any sort of KERS or hybrid system, with Ferrari deciding to employ hybrid systems in its V12 models only. It will be the automaker’s most hardcore V8 model yet, however, and as such, you can look for output to be bumped to around 700 horsepower, while weight will be shed so it tips the scales at around 3,086 pounds (1,400 kilograms).

Expect to learn more in the coming months, as the model is expected to make its debut sometime next year.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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