Hardcore Ferrari 488 Model to Debut in 2018

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Ferrari will debut a hardcore ‘Special Series’ version of its 488 GTB sometime this year, a California Air Resources Board document indicates.

The document, which AutoGuide.com found whilst perusing CARB’s website, is an executive order indicating the automaker’s 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged engine has been emissions certified for the 2018 model year. It goes on to list all Ferrari models with the 3.9-liter engine, which include the now discontinued California T, the GTC4Lusso T, 488 Spider, 488 GTB and, curiously, the 488 ‘Special Series Coupe’.

For those that aren’t aware, the ‘Special Series’ term is reserved for Ferrari’s most track-focused and extreme supercars. That means only vehicles like its V12 flagships (F50, Enzo, LaFerrari etc.) and track-focused variants (458 Speciale, 599 GTO, 288 GTO etc.) are referred to as such. This document confirms a hardcore 488 is indeed on the way (even though spy photos had already indicated that was the case) and with a 2018 model year listed, it seems likely it will arrive in the first half of the year. It should also be noted we’re not expecting it to be called the ‘Special Series Coupe’. It will likely adopt some other moniker, similar to the aforementioned 458 Speciale or 599 GTO.

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The CARB executive order was originally filed on June 2nd, 2017, which is probably why the California T is still listed. The initial filing also didn’t list the 488 Special Series Coupe in the 2018 model year vehicle information chart. The filing with the mysterious ‘Special Series’ 488 listed was published on December 20th, 2017.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for the 488 Special Series sometime in early 2018. A debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March is most likely, so stay tuned for more info.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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