Back in 2013, Ferrari debuted a more powerful version of the 458 called the Speciale. It had a more aggressive aero, new wheels and more importantly, a reworked engine that produced more power. However, the 458 together with the Speciale was discontinued back in 2015 when its successor, the 488 GTB, was introduced. Since then, the Italian supercar maker has yet to reveal a more powerful version of the 488. However, a '488 Speciale' could soon make it debut this year.
A document found on the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) website shows a list of all Ferrari models which are powered by the 3.9-liter biturbo V8 engine. The cars seen in the list are the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T and the GTC4Lusso T. What does pique interest is the 488 Special Series Coupe, also listed in the document.
This specific 488 is possibly the more hardcore variant most have been waiting for. Unfortunately however, CARB only listed the engine's displacement; it did not provide details regarding the engine's power output. Furthemore, do note that the name Special Series Coupe is likely a placeholder name on the document. Ferrari will likely adopt a name similar to that of the 458 Speciale or the 599 GTO.
Last year, our spies did capture what seemed to be a tuned 488 GTB mule covered in camouflage and undergoing tests at the Nurburgring. Since then, Ferrari has had plenty of time to prepare for a production model.
It is possible that this more potent Ferrari debut in the first half of the year. A possibility would be that the more hardcore 488 could debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.