Image of Ferrari 488 'GTO' Leaks Online Ahead of Official Debut

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

An image of the new Ferrari 488 ‘GTO’ has leaked online ahead of its official debut.

The leaked image appears to have been taken during an official Ferrari event – perhaps a product backgrounder for customers, media and other VIPs. The track-focused 488 is expected to make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, but we wouldn’t be shocked to see it make an online debut before then.

SEE ALSO: The Ferrari 488 ‘GTO’ Will Have At Least 700 HP

Information on the special series 488 leaked earlier this week after photos of slides taken during a Ferrari dealer event were posted online. The vehicle, which may take on the historic ‘GTO’ moniker, is expected to produce around 700 hp from its 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. It will also be lighter than the standard 488 thanks to the use of lightweight materials and will feature the latest version of Ferrari’s slide slip angle drift control system. The reworked aero seen in this leaked image should also help press its extra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires into the ground for added grip.

Stay tuned for more information on the hardcore 488, along with official photos, as they become available.

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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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