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Ferrari’s next sports car could be the 488 GTO

Ferrari could be set to release a refreshed 488 GTB, as spy shots nabbed by Autoblog hint at refined sports car in the works.

With parts of the car swaddled in camouflage aimed at foiling such sneaky photography, a new 488 GTB looks like it could sport new front and rear intakes and redesigned front splitter, as well as reworked front and rear fenders. And according to Autoblog‘s photographer the new 488 could be dubbed the 488 GTO.

There’s no hint at what performance tweaks have been made under the hood, but we can expect to see the next 488 stick with the turbocharged engine of its predecessor, which marked a move away from the signature dish of normally aspirated motors found in the mid-engined 458 and 430 Ferraris.

The engine will likely have been given a good reworking to kick more horses out of the V8, with better turbocharging and engine dynamics also expected.

The 488 GTO, if that is indeed what the car will be called, will also likely sport improved suspension, automatic transmission and aerodynamics to help the car put its horsepower to good use.

On the tech side we’d expect to see a modern driver-centric infotainment setup with digital dashboards and a suite of connectivity options, notably Apple’s CarPlay which made it debut in the Ferrari FF several years ago.

Aside from this guesswork there’s little else we can say about the 488 GTO or when it will make an official appearance. We’d hazard a guess that it may pop up in one of 2018’s motor shows and if so could hit the road later on in the year or early 2019; as ever time will tell.

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