Rumour has it Ferrari is developing the hardcore version of the 488 GTB earlier than expected. The car will compete with its main rivals coming from Lamborghini, Porsche and McLaren.

According to the latest speculations the 488 ‘’Speciale’’ could even arrive later this year. It’ll then replace the 458 Speciale and start competing with the Huracán Performante, the new Porsche GT3 and the McLaren 720S. The tradition of developing regular V8-models to hardcore versions started back in 2003 when Ferrari revealed the Challenge Stradale. It was and still is an eye-opening car for many car purist mainly of it being a road legal race car.

The last few years Ferrari has been very creative by making up names like the GTC4Lusso and the 812 Superfast, so we can’t wait to find out what the name of the car will be. Car and Driver mentions at least 90 kilos (200 pounds) will be saved and the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 will be optimized to around 700 bhp. Nothing is confirmed yet, but the Paris Motor Show later this year should be a good place to reveal the car. Actual prices aren’t known yet but expect it to be around 300K depending on how crazy you’ll go with the options.

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