2019 Ferrari 488 GTO

What is the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO?

The 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO prototype has recently been spotted trying out the tracks at Nürburgring and the surrounding roads. Though the company is so far quite tight-lipped about the vehicle, it is being speculated that this prototype is a tester for the newest version of the 488 that is supposed to hit the roads sometime in 2019. It is also being speculated that this will be the last of the line of the mid-engine supercar, a rumor more validated by the fact that Ferrari was also seen running tests on the engines for the 488’s replacement. This one, rumor has it, looks a lot more interesting than your standard 488 supercars, and that makes sense since it is definitely going to be much more limited availability, and much higher power than its predecessor, the 458 Italia.

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2019 Ferrari 488 GTO engine

The engine is designed on the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 of the 488 Challenge, which was a racecar. The weight loss program of the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO continues even to its engine, which is reportedly losing up to 10 percent of the weight it carried in the previous models. It is possible that the 488 will have a hybrid system, similar to the one that was used in Ferrari’s latest hypercar, LaFerrari. It’s a KERS type hybrid system that helps the engine by allowing high torque and fill-ups at low revs and allows for acceleration at higher engine speeds. Better still, it is also capable of recovering energy both from the engine and under braking. From what was seen on the tracks, it is probably the fastest supercar Ferrari has ever released, beating out even the LaFerrari. The output is easily over and above 700 horsepower, which is a significant improvement over the 660 horsepower of the 488 GTB.

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2019 Ferrari 488 GTO platform

It can be expected that the 488 GTO will come with the same spaceframe and mid-engine layout as the GTB. From what can be seen of the heavily camouflaged prototype, it appears as though the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO will come with updated bodywork. The openings will likely be broader and more suitably angled to allow more air to pass into the engine bay and also the brakes. It can be expected that the body of the car will be lighter, with better brakes, retuned chassis electronics, and a stiffer suspension than the previous models. This will be a surefire way for the new GTO to get even more speed out of the 488. There are also glimpses of special wheels and front and rear spoilers for better aerodynamics, but these mostly add on to the luxurious feel of the car.

2019 Ferrari 488 GTO powertrain

Ferrari has never been one to scrimp on power, as evidenced by the 661 horsepower, 561 lb-ft of torque, and the powerhouse they come from twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 powered monsters they have belted out in the recent past. But it seems even that is being deemed not quite enough by the super elites that drive Ferraris. It has been reported that the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO will come with even more horsepower and lb-ft than the standard 488 GTOs, and it will probably be more than the 0065tra 35 horsepower and no extra torque than it have to the 458 when it upgraded to the Speciale. The turbochargers in the 488 are to be thanked for this easy upgrade; however, it is expected that Ferrari will manage the extra output of the GTO, which will, in turn, ensure a wonderful tractability of the engine and little to no turbo lag. It can also be expected that the GTO’s exhaust will emit a lot more mechanical noise than the GTB, and will generally be a louder car.

2019 Ferrari 488 GTO exterior

The front bumper has more intakes in the outer edges, and the side intakes are also bigger. There is also a deep air outlet on the front bumper. The 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO comes with a huge infusion of carbon fiber in its bodywork. The front and rear bumpers, front hood, and rear spoiler are all made of carbon fiber. Even the 20-inch wheels are made of carbon fiber, resulting in almost 40 percent weight savings. It was earlier being hoped that the car will come with some weight saving apparatus. Some new technology to keep the weight down is quite obviously on the list, without which it would be impossible for Ferrari to match up with the sleek and surprisingly light MacLaren 720S, which weight about 200 pounds less than the 488 GTB. The lighter weight, of course, means a better performance, and Ferrari will have to introduce something in that department to keep the balance in its favor. As it turns out from the spy photos, Ferrari has been working on this aspect.

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2019 Ferrari 488 GTO interior

It appears that this car has more carbon fiber in its bodywork than any other Ferrari before it, and if that does not keep down the weight enough, the stripped-down cabin will certainly help. From the spy photos, it is clear that the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO has a cabin with only the bare essentials- the aluminum panels do not have a glovebox, and there are two sports seats for the driver and a passenger. The aerodynamics of the car is inspired by racecars and is 20 percent more efficient than the predecessor. The car is fitted with standard Michelin Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires, and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The floor panels are aluminum, and the dashboard is made completely out of carbon fiber, as is the transmission tunnel. The steering ratio is going to be extremely direct, with a sideslip management system. The car will also see the introduction of a new gearshift strategy.

2019 Ferrari 488 GTO price and release date

Ferrari does not really have to worry about the price tag on its models of course; most people who can afford Ferraris are quite enough under its charm to probably shell out anything the automobile mogul asks for. And the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO is going to be strictly limited edition, which makes it quite a privilege to own one. The pre-orders have already been put down, and it is likely no more than the numbers on the list will be built. The price tag will be accordingly eye-catching, of course; it can be estimated that each car will come at a base price of around $300,000.

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In conclusion

Ferrari is pretty much the name that springs to our lips when we think of supercars. And there is a reason why the brand is becoming even more invincible with every passing edition: it keeps reinventing and challenging itself. That is something quite visible in the makings of the newest offering from the Ferrari stable, the 2019 Ferrari 488 GTO. It is quite clear, even from a camouflaged prototype, that this is one of those cars that will outperform not just the 458 Italia, but even the 458 Speciale. This race for perfection is quite understandable though; Ferrari now has pretty big players in the market competing for attention, namely, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante and the MacLaren 720S.

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